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Ethnic Profiling of Tigrayans in Ethiopia

Ethiopian security forces are carrying out an extensive ethnic profiling and arresting Tigrayans, particularly in Addis Ababa and other major cities. The arrested also include Eritreans.

Tigrayans and Eritreans are known as Tigre, a term that means those who hail from Semen, the Northern part from central Ethiopia. Eritreans are caught in the ethnic battles because of the compass direction of their country.

The focus the thorough search of houses and arrests centered around areas where “Tigre people” live.

On Friday morning, Colonel Abiy Ahmed’s security agents arrested at least nine members of the Eritreans opposition organizations. They had an asylum in Ethiopia and lived there  for many decades.

Before they made the arrests, the security agents ransacked the office of the Eritreans opposition groups and confiscated laptops, computers and other gadgets.

Gedab News was able to confirm the arrest of members of the Eritrean Salvation Front, the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization, and SAGHEM. They include Mohammed Jabir Ahmed, Mohammed Nur Osman, Osman Mohammed Omar, Ali Ardayto, Rashid Hummed, and Gebreab Araya.

Recently a few friends of Mohammed Jabir fundraised about $3000 dollars to help pay for his medication—he suffers of a serious kidney problem and needs immediate attention. One of his friends said, “his health will be more complicated in prison.”

Elsewhere in Ethiopia, Eritreans who were self-quarantined in their homes due to the Corona virus pandemic for the last eight months are now facing extra pressure and fear. In Shimelba refugee camps, where most of the refugees are from the Kunama ethnic group, the refugees are caught in the crossfire of the battles and air bombing that are raging around them.

Children and elderly refugees are now scattered in the open areas between Shmelba and Shire.

A few days ago, PFDJ agents arrived at the camp and arrested about a dozen people; they blindfolded them and hauled them to Eritrea.

 

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  • Abay

    Dear Author of this article

    The article you posted, intentionally or out of desperation for a genuine concern, is only half true. As you know, TPLF has defied the constitution that was drafted by its own self. No other ethnic group is constituted in the TPLF, only Tigrians and if TPLF members have to be arrested, it can not be a Somali or an Afar. It has to be a Tigrian. Those being arrested are not even because they are TPLF members but only those who are implicated for playing a part in the ongoing war initiated by TPLF. For your information, there are many other ethnic groups going to jail. It is Oromos, Amharas some people from the south as well. So if some one is implicated in this cruel war that bases the apprehension. This is not ethnic profiling, has nothing to do with ethnic profiling and we have to be careful with our word selection. I am guessing you used that word not because you don’t know the meaning of it. Regarding Eritrean opposition, from what I read in this forum, I am guessing some here are supporters of TPLF. It is a free world you can do that. Only that you can not do it in the very country that is sheltering you! Oppositions residing in Ethiopia have no business supporting the criminal group. We have been tolerant of that at peace time, knowing and understanding it, but now, If they are implicated they go to jail. Simple. There is no compromise here! We are hosting very many Eritreans, right now, in peace no less than an Ethiopian citizen, some even working without work permits and we turn blind eye to that although it is against the law working without a permit.
    In conclusion, no ethnic profiling is going on and only Eritrean opposition who want to play it both ways, being implicated and wanting to leave in peace are going to jail and that will continue even more. If you are concerned, advise them to stay away from our internal affairs or leave the country.
    I thank you and my best regards
    Abay

    • Abi

      ታላቁ አባይ
      ” አመድ በዱቄት ሲስቅ ልቡ በነፋስ ውልቅ” እንዲሉ ነው::
      ድሮስ ወያኔ ከሰረረው ግም ምን ይጠበቃል?
      ከአፉና ከቂጡ የሚወጣው አንድ ነው::

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Awatawian,

    Dr Awet posted this link in the Facebook. By reminding what happened to our People by the Ethiopian army during our struggle, we should not show indifference on the plight of Tigray people. Read also what the colonel has to say.

    https://m.facebook.com/#!/story.php?story_fbid=10158776301671215&id=619831214&fs=1&focus_composer=0

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. PM Abiy has given TPLF 72 hours to surrender.

  • Nitricc

    The mother of butyral. this is amazing. no wonder why the Ethiopian Army is pissed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhiJWChF-34

  • Brhan

    Selam Gedab news,
    What you have reported is now being echoed by one of the world’s famous news agency.
    Today, November 21, 2020, Aljazeera.com reported about “concern-grows-for-safety-of-eritrean-refugees-as-tigray-war-rages“. The news is under African news category.

    • EritreanHillBilly

      Brhan,
      What are you talking about? What was reported? What is echoed by world’s famous agency?

      • Brhan

        EHB,
        Gedab news covered the issue of Eritrean refugees in Tigray, Ethiopia here where you are commenting 1 day ago. You know as you have your comment on it. And today Aljazeera.com broadcasted it to the whole world. I hope I answered your question.

        • EritreanHillBilly

          Hello Brhan
          Are you talking about the article that talked about Eritrean opposition that allegedly went to jail for not been an effective organization?

          • Brhan

            Hello EHB
            I have only to remind you that you were provided enough orientation by awate.com moderator for the same token.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Gedab news,

    Social-group profiling is very bad.

    Social-group heirarchy was seggregating the Ethiopian people for the advantage of a minority social-group at the helm. Now, if it is getting played against those people, it is very sad. An administration that decried the auwful side of Social-group Federation should be careful in handling its security concerns and avoid social-group profiling and educate its citizens saying vengeance on the ordinary brother and sister is not the solution. The administration should also distinguish between social-group and the Eritrean-group and protect the later according to international regulations.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Gedab News.

    I was looking for this timely news from you..It is very important news… and I will like to say thank you,

    KS,,

  • EritreanHillBilly

    Hello All,
    I don’t know how this article even made to a website. It is a click-bait article.
    You click it expecting to read about the ethnic profiling of Tigrayan in Ethiopia as its title claim with a nice graphics.
    You end up reading about Eritrean opposition getting extra scrutiny by Ethiopian government.
    You read about an alphabet soup of names Salvation this Front, not to far from Afar, Carl Sagan or Shagem…
    I hope they don’t put them in the same jail cell. Wait a minute that might not be a bad idea- maybe when spend time in jail cell together.. they can put their difference aside and collectively yell a the prison guard.
    Awate or Gedeb please stop this sensational and click-bait articles reserve them for the trash bin.
    By the way, there is million miles difference between Tigrayan and Eritrean.
    If the Ethiopian government does ethnic profiling that is only natural….
    I don’t think the Ethiopian government mistook the Eritrean organizations for Tigrayan… by throwing all them in jail they trying to convince them to unity and have a common umbrella.

    • EHB,
      Thanks for the outburst but a man of your caliber should know the difference between an article and a news item. On the title, it’s part of the editorial process and you would expect every reader to like the article, the image or the news. Particularly when they are predisposed not to. Don’t you thing the disarray has inflicted all society and it’s segments? Who do you think is primarily responsive now for unifying a population? Certainly nobody more than the government. And who is responsible for the exile of hundreds of thousands of Eritrea’s citizens or for causing them to become refugees and exiled? Of course the most convenient thing is to accuse the victims as you have done. A little retrospect and reflection would help provided it’s genuine. But pontification is fine if it gives one pleasure. Congratulation for the gloating opportunity.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam EHB,

      Besides the government sponsored ethnic cleansing on the people of Tigray, there are ethnic cleansing everywhere in Ethiopia: the Oromo against the Amara in the western part of Ethiopia, the Oromo against the Somalis in the Southern part of Ethiopia, the Amara against the Tigrians in the northwestern part of Ethiopia. It is also a fact that the tigrigna speaking social groups are facing “ethnic profiling” by design, by the government of Abiy as Part of their evil strategy “unity by subtraction” learned from the government of Issayas Afeworki – a dangerous strategy for multicultural society. Wake up Ethiopians! to foil the evil design of Abiy Ahmed. He has the personality of Issayas incarnated in him.

      • Tensae

        Selam Amanuel,
        It is sad to see you continually display your hypocrisy in plain view without any disregard for integrity and thus earning you disrespect from many dissent forum members. As a blind supporter of TPLF, the same TPLF that institutionalized and practiced ethnic rivalry, you should be the last one to talk of the dangers of ethnic rivalry in Ethiopia. As if spreading of fake news is not bad enough as you seem to be fond these days, here you are using Gedab News for your own hidden agenda. How low!

        To begin with, you have no shred of evidence to support your claim that there is “government sponsored ethnic cleaning’’ nor “ethnic profiling” of “Tigrigna speaking social groups” by the current government of Ethiopia. Unlike the cruel ethnic cleansing of Eritreans by the TPLF during the 1998 – 2000 war, there is neither whole-sale expulsion nor the confiscation of properties of Tegaru. What is taking place is nothing more that legitimate security measures as allowed by the constitution so as to protect the public from the dangers posed by a large network of the enemy. As a result of the measures taken so far, the government has uncovered a large cache of military – grade hardware such as guns, bombs and mines not to mention a large sum of money all of which were intended by the mafia group to unleash terror against civilians as they have continually been doing during last two years and half. If one is to blame the government for anything at all, it must be as to why the government did not take such measures earlier. Moreover, by claiming that it is interchangeable with the people of Tigray, the TPLF is endangering the livelihood of Tegaru living in the rest of Ethiopia by making it difficult for the government to separate the bad elements from the good ones. The ethnic conflict that is taking place in Ethiopia now was designed and sustained by the TPLF and you can rest assured that it will be gone once the TPLF is eliminated which I am convinced it will happen soon.

        Dear Amanuel, my observation of you through your many posts on this forum is that beside wrongly siding with the monster TPLF for whatever reason, you come across as very stubborn who mistakes rigidity for principled stand. Moreover, your discussion scope is limited to very few topics namely your hatred for Shaebia and love for Weyane which also translates to your demonization of IA and worshipping of Meles all of which contribute towards making engaging constructively with you futile. It is my hope against hope, that with the demise of the TPLF, you will reform yourself and strive to be a better communicator.

        Thanks,

        Tensae

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Tensae,

          Please find someone who could debate with unlimited scope, though your scope can not go beyond defending PFDJ. Second go and preach about the need of good governance and the respect of individual rights for Ethiopians, while you are sending your own people in to the fox holes of Era-Ero. Fighting against your demigod is not rigidity. Fighting for the voiceless Eritreans who are dying in the prison house of yours is a badge of honor to me. Your are sending our youth to the Ethiopian ethnic war – a war that has nothing do with Eritrean security, and are dying to quench the insatiable ego of your boss. And of course, you will get a trophy of thank you from him for clapping to the war effort. You were clapping to the war with Yemen, to the war with Sudan, to the war with Djibouti, to the war in Somalia, and now to the ethnic conflict of Ethiopia to catalyze the disintegration of Ethiopia. I hope Ethiopians will finally understand the project of Issayas.

          The Tigray people are United with their government for a protracted war, switching their war tactic between conventional and guerilla warfare, however it fits with the terrain of their land despite the collaboration of foreign forces with their advanced war technology. The Vietnamese people won against the Supper power. It is the moral and the resilience of the people at the end of the day that wins, no matters how long it takes and how many sacrifice it incur. The Tigray people will do the same thing for the rights of the people. In the war of “live or die” the Tigray people will prevail. They can not go back to poverty and subjugation, after they have seen their self-rule and economic development in their administrative unit. With this I close my case, and l will leave you with this remark, to find someone of your scope, whatever that scope of knowledge you maintained. Good lack with your endeavor fighting along the side of your demigod.

          • Abay

            Dear Mr. Amanuel
            Rest assured, no Eritrean soldier, repeat not a single soul is in this has joined this war. Ethiopia does not really need any extra force to assist it although we thank PIA for his offer and for his cooperation not to let those butcher escape through his land. I would think this would be a blessing in disguise for you and all Eritreans in that Eritrea will now annex the land they were awarded by international court with no resistance!
            Thank you and my regards
            Abay

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Abay,
            ” … no Eritrea soldier, repeat not a single soul … joined this war” !! .Your statement suggests absolute certainty only some one who has a seat in the command and control theatre can make. This revelation from you defy everything many know about the situation. Perhaps some credible explanation from your side would make your information other than being war time propaganda stunt.
            As to the return of land that legally belongs to Eritrea, I think it is too simplistic to link it to Eritrea’s dictator not joing with your country’s leader in this senseless ideological-cum- ethnic civil war.

          • Abay

            Dear Ismail AA
            Thank you for the comment. My posting focuses on those who are for reasoning. I have no intention to sway determined supports from one camp to the other. I know some in this forum were hopeful that TPLF would somehow topple PIA and open a way for them to leadership. This is not happening unfortunately. And anyone trying to bend the reality at the ground, I can not help that. Ethiopia has no intention of engaging any foreign troops even less Eritrean. We look for post war scenarios and if we engage Eritrean soldiers here, the war will end somehow but this short fix of involving Eritrean troops unnecessarily will create animosity between the two people after the war is over. It is not worth it. One takes emotionality out of the way in leading a country and our leader looks beyond the horizon. So what will happen tomorrow is very important. We are not even in any need of any support. We could have done the job in days but the government has no intention of killing civilians on the way and it takes time to do such surgical operations. Again, I am not posting this to convince anyone one way or the other but stating more credible facts from where the action is going on for objective readers.
            Thank you and have a great weekend.
            Regards
            Abay

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Abay,

            The gratitude is sincerely reciprocated. Be assured that there is no need to persuade one another in this trying time where citizens of one nation have been compelled to pit against one another. When all will be said and done, it’s the ordinary citizens and tax payers who will pay the bill of war. Infrastructures and national assets that politician boasted to had put in place in the name of the people are being ruined by the newcomers to the seat of power just to score points against those whom they replaced.

            Having written that, my point was that I thought the information you provided us was too inconceivable to read because the dictator ruling my country has been symbiotic partner with Dr. Abij’s government in calculations and counselling. In fact, well before the casus belli – the assault on the northern command – Eritrea’s dictator had already deployed forces in places agreed upon with the Ethiopian side.

            Thus, what you provided (neutrality of the Eritrean side) fell on my mind as too uncharacteristic of the dictator who cannot feel secure unless he ignites fire, hot or cold, in one neighboring country or another. As a matter of fact, what you had informed should have been the position of our people and their government under normal circumstances, which regrettably lack at the present. Eritreans should have been neutral and good will facilitators to try and help their neighbours to resort to non-violent options to sort out their differences rather than becoming partners in the war.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Ismail AA. In the same breath, can you be absolutely certain that nobody within the Eritrean opposition supports the TPLF in their terrorist campaign against Ethiopia? You assert that ‘ Eritrea’s dictator had already deployed forces in places agreed upon with the Ethiopian side‘. Seems that you have good access to somebody’s command center. Can you please indicate numbers and locations for those deployed in this regard?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abay,

            The war of the alliance – Abiy/Issayas/UAE against the Tigray people and its government is a fact on the ground, even if the war theater is sealed from the international reporters. The casualties of war (death and wounded citizens) can not be cover up, and soon you will hear about it. A country with its ethnic at each other’s throat, and a government that has no control of the country outside of Addis, has no the capacity to conduct this war without Issayas the archenemy of TPLF and the drones from UAE. As a matter of fact this war is a war between the Amara and the Tigray elites, whereas Abiy and Issayas being instrumental in it, one to grab the power and the other to revenge. In any case, let us wait, time will tell for the deniers. My friend, we have our sources from inside our country.

            On a different note: I don’t know what you are talking about in your second comment, by the way.

            Regards

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Hello Amanuel,
            I am sorry to say but for man of experience and intelligence it is sad to see you repeating mantra like a papagallo.
            As much as I hate the dinosauris Issias his role is minimal. The reality is you can’t have a province with 6% of the population over represented in the government and ministry roles. The majority will eventual find away to play its role.
            There is no war between Amhara and Tigran elites… Ethiopia is entering the Technocrat age… this is what you are missing from your equation.

          • Abay

            Dear Amanuel
            You keep on claiming you have your sources in the country but you have none at all. NONE! You should at least include some grain of truth to your wishful thinking, daydreaming or hallucination for what you say to have a remote resemblance to the truth. TPLFites rounded up innocent non combatant peaceful civilians old, young, male, female even children and literally slaughtered them like a goat and dumped their bodies in gorges! The butchery was a desperate attempt by TPLF to fulfill its prophesy “if we do not rule the country it will be like Rwanda” Even the slaughtering tools were similar to that used in Rwanda, the machete! Only that the hope is not working. And when the country moves in to uphold rule of law “your source in the country” tells you the war is against the Tigrian people. You really should recommend this source to the BBC or CNN! A normal human being not completely blinded by some superior motive would condemn this at best or would keep quite at worst! What is happening to humane feelings! We should all be humane first! And what type of a leader will you be if by some chance we remove PIA and put you in his place to lead? May God protect Eritrea from you and your likes! When you lie and you say PIA and UAE are fighting with the Ethiopian army you sound exactly like Getachew of TPLF minus the green leaves he cannot operate without and arguing with you on this would be like arguing with Getachew! I don’t mean to convince you. It is not that you misunderstand, it is totally intentional and your hope “TPLF hates PIA and they will dispose him for me” will be crushed if TPLF is crushed. This comment is not even for you. This is meant to counterbalance your misinformation. You have no sources here, none! I rest this case here.
            Thank you and have a great weekend
            Abay

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abay,

            sources? What if we are informed that, you will see when those captured are talking? Yes, a lot had been captured on this simple war which has been planned for 3 days gone for 21+ days..Even fighters from Somalia are joined this nonsense war additional to that mentioned by our Amanuel ” Abiy/Issayas/UAE against the Tigray people”

            See, we know about war and it is a dirty game which will not end in the time every side decided,,None among knows if this will end at near future..that is a tragic …That is why we all people said to you guys stop this war.

            KS,,

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abay,

            Leaving your partisan outcry and baseless accusative uproaring aside, I will answer to one of your remark. If the allegation of killing innocent non combatants civilian by any perpetrators is true, it should be strongly condemned and they must be held accountable of their action. Not only that, the international community should intervene swiftly to stop such an act of inhumanity before it is widely spread.

      • EritreanHillBilly

        Amanuel,
        everyday you are beginning to sound like a TPLF papagallo….
        if by ethnic cleansing you are talking about a spa facial treatment it is more believable.
        I don’t think those Eritrean opposition are facing ethnic profiling… they are just a useless political organization that were supported by the TPLF who been asked what have they achieved in 20 years…
        The only form of Ethnic cleansing I have noticed is deportation of 200k Eritrean-Ethiopian in 1998-2000. I wonder if the Tigrayan were getting profiled then…

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam EHB,

          Leaving aside the ethnic cleansing of the Tigray people for a moment, how about the Amara people (your temporary alliance) are being massacred in a meeting “including women and children” in a day light in the Wollega region by the Oromo people? Is this ethnic cleansing? The same to the Somalian by the Oromo in the Southeast of Ethiopia. Don’t be the stooge
          (ኢደቤዛ) of the Issayas regime who is subjugating Eritrea and its people in to a slow death?

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Amanuel,
            I can’t keep up with your topic. You are conflating too many topics. Your organization Gedeb or Awate posted about Tigrayan profiling and all I read out is some dysfunctional eritrean opposition organization.
            It is first article I have read that combined click-bait with bait and switch.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam EHB,

            First learn how to salute forumers as an etiquette of the participants. I know it is hard for PFDJites, growing and living in uncultured political environment. As the saying goes act like the Romans if you are in Rome, equally behave like the Awatawian if you are in awate. Second, I am not branching the topic. It is about government sponsored ethnic cleansing in particular and about ethnic conflicts in Ethiopia in general – one issue within an issue. If you are against my argument, then argue by stating there is no ethnic conflict in Ethiopia, and thus the killings and the displacement of innocent people that are occurring everywhere in Ethiopia including the Tigray region is not an ethnic based war with justification. It is not a click-and-bite argument, it is rather a full blown argument ready for you and your likes to counter argue with knowledge and debate skills. You are wayane is not a response to the issue at hand that demands cool head and wisdom how to handle it,

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Can you please list indications and occurrences (in Tigray) that are characteristic of an eminent and state sponsored act of genocide, as defined by respected organizations. The accusations that you are repeating here are very serious and poisonous. Where is your evidence? Do you have sources other than TPLF and their Eritrean helpers? I am not accusing you of being a staunch TPLF supporter, I am reminding you that with your unsubstantiated claim of genocide and implicating Eritrean involvement you are potentially planting a seed for future genocidal acts against Eritreans. I am not claiming that you are doing this intentionally, but the unintended consequence should not escape your attention.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Haw Hashela,

            I want you to check out the difference between “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide”. I didn’t use genocide in my argument. I hope you are not using the word “genocide” intentionally. Once you realized the difference between the two, you will understand what I am saying. Pls, if you want to argue with me quote my phrases and my words like Semere Tesfay and say whatever you want to make your point.

          • Aligaz G

            AH,

            Ethnic cleansing is the end result of genocide. The distinction is artificial especially for the victims.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            At least let us abide on the established difference by the international community, for the sake of our argument,

          • Aligaz G

            AH

            Why don’t you tell us very clearly what the “international community” you are referring to consists of? lol

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Ok! Are you claiming that Tigrayans are being ethnically cleansed from their homeland or from other Killils? For the latter, are conflating imprisonments of TPLF political networkers or indiscriminate and forceful dislocation of innocent Tigrayans. Amanuel, you are known to pay attention to words and wording. Uncharacteristically, currently you are not sticking that principle with damaging implications.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            My statement is clear and straightforward. Quote my words and debate, than asking questions that doesn’t have anything to do with my comment. I made clear who is the perpetrator of the “cleansing and profiling” Stick with my positional argument and do your counter argument please, even if we don’t agree.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            I am asking specific questions, and would like you to give specific answers.

            You can not spread unsubstantiated claims and when asked to provide concrete evidence, hide behind meaningless rhetorics.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            It is unfortunate that your unsubstantiated and extremely dangerous claims and the lack of the slightest evidence for your claims is strongly reminiscent to the Trump Campaign’s claims of election fraudulence and the embarrassment and ridicule Trump’s lawyers daily experience at the federal and state courts.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            You are purposely throwing the above statement to aggravate me. It is all over in the YouTube, go and find out, don’t look for a spoon feed. I do my homework and you do your homework. If you are waiting from the PFDJ operative you will never open your eyes to the plight of the Tigray people. They are dying and displacing in the mountains with no food and shelter. Have a little sympathy please.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            I see an incremental softening of your rhetorics, moving away from genocide of the Tigrayan people -> ethnic cleansing of the Tigrayan people -> The demise of Tigrayan people.

            If everything goes well, next weekend we will talk only about the demise of TPLF. Empires do demise but not people!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            Now I know as to why you are using “genocide” a term I didn’t use it. When we are debating people are reading the “words and phrases” we are using. They will read you as a lair from the regime’s stooges. Have a good one.

          • Abay

            Dear Mr. Hidrat
            I refrain from addressing your comments because of what you are going through as a person. (Only recently did I learn that, honestly, and it made me regret the strong emotional words I posted against you. I pledged to engage with you with a different voice tone. After all we are all human beings first and opposing individuals second.) Saying this, it is a polite reminder to inform you that genocide and ethnic cleansing flip flap and there is embedded one on the other. I wish we would stick to concepts than going too much into the technicalities and refinement of words. If you believe there is ethnic cleansing going on Ethiopia, it is your right I don’t want to argue.
            Have a wonderful weekend, I am nearing one in Addis.
            My best regards
            Abay

          • Dongolo

            Selam Amanuel. Salutation rules? Yeah buddy we know how that has been selectively applied. You seem to be extremely agitated, angry and confused these days as the hour clock ticks away. Soon, you will not be able to falsely categorically brand all that are against the TPLF as PFDJites.

      • Tensae

        Selam Amanuel,

        As my reply to you of yesterday has been marked as “detected as spam” after it was initially posted (more likely by the moderator), I am reposting below part of it which I thought is more relevant to the topic on hand and with minor modification. I challenge you to refute part of it or in whole before you keep dumping more of the same false allegations. Thanks.

        You have no shred of evidence to support your claim that there is “government sponsored ethnic cleaning’’ or “ethnic profiling” of “Tigrigna speaking social groups” by the current government of Ethiopia. Unlike the cruel ethnic cleansing of Eritreans by the TPLF during the 1998 – 2000 war, there is neither whole-sale expulsion nor the confiscation of properties of Tegaru. What is taking place is nothing more that legitimate security measures as allowed by the constitution so as to protect the public from the dangers posed by a large network of the enemy. As a result of the measures taken so far, the government has uncovered a large cache of weapons such as guns, bombs and mines not to mention a large sum of money all of which were intended by the TPLF group to unleash terror against civilians as they have continually been doing during last two years and half. If one is to blame the government for anything at all, it must be as to why it did not take such measures earlier. Moreover, by claiming that it is interchangeable with the people of Tigray, the TPLF is risking the lives and livelihood of Tegaru living in the rest of Ethiopia by making it difficult for the government to separate the bad elements from the good ones. The ethnic conflicts that are taking place in the resto of Ethiopia now are the direct result of the divide and conquer ethnic politics of the TPLF. With the removal of the TPLF soon and subsequent replacement of the current ethnic based federalism with a new one that respects first and foremost the individual rights of all of the citizens, you can rest assured that a new era of peace will down all over Ethiopia and by extension in the horn of Africa.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Tensea,

          Actually, this one is a complete different than the one it has removed, in tone and character assignation. I was trying to reply in kind and substance, and when I tried to post it, It couldn’t allow me, indicating that I am responding to a comment that doesn’t exist. I think the removal happened when I was typing.

          Now, your comment is your position and not based on thevsociopolitical reality on the ground. The wayane wether they are defeated or not, my point was focused on the act of the war and its consequences on the people of Tigray, right now and for generations to come. If you are going to tell us there is no hate between the Amaras and the Tigrians, between the Oromo and the Amaras, and if this war is not the alliance of Abiy government, the Amara state, and the PFDJ government against the Tigray people and their government, then you are either fooling yourself or you are part of the conspiracy plot. This war will not reduce the ethnic conflict that is simmering throughout Ethiopia nor will it create stability for the region. If this is your sincere assessment then we don’t see eye to eye.

          One thing though, for a country, its leaders, and its enablers (that include yourself) who do not respect the individual right of their citizens, have no shame to tell the Ethiopians to come up with new federalism that respect individual rights (refer in your last paragraph). Actually Issayas and his enablers do not care about “individual rights” nor do they believe on constitution and constitutionalism. Your goal is to defeat your nemesis irrespective the human tall that might inflict. So do not tell me, this war being lead by a despot is a war to bring “individual right.” If despotic leaders recognize “individual rights” then why not in our country. Go and preach to your subjects “the Eritrean people” about the need of democracy and individual rights in Ethiopia, while you are denying to them. Very strange!

          • Tensae

            Selam Amanuel,

            First of all, I would appreciate it very much if you can address me by my real name Tensae (ትንሳኤ) and not Tensea as you did. And yes, I admit that the repost was slightly different than the original which has since been released and it is only because I wanted it to be shorter.

            Knowing that it is still Sunday evening in your part of the world and given the devastating news coming your way from the war front, it may be too much to ask, but I would appreciate it very much if you can give me to-the-point & sober reply unlike the previous one. Since you seem to do better in sticking to the topic in replying to numbered question, here I am again opting for it.

            The standard definition of ethnic cleansing is as follows: an act or an attempt to get rid of (through deportation, displacement or even mass killing) members of an unwanted ethnic group in order to establish an ethnically homogenous geographic area.

            Based on this definition:
            1.1 Do you still stand by your claim that “the government (of Ethiopia) is sponsoring ethnic cleansing on the people of Tigray”?
            1.2: If so, can you give us the number of Tigrayians who have so far been deported by the gov’t?

            As I neither said that there is no ethnic rivalry in Ethiopia nor that there is no involvement of the Eritrean or the Amhara State governments in the current war, your inclusion in your reply to me as such is at best red herring and at worst dishonesty of great proportion on your part

            Speaking of ethnic rivalry the questions I have for you are as follows:
            2.1: Given the experience of the 27 years rule of Ethiopia by the TPLF and with the benefit of hindsight, do you still think that ethnic federalism is a best solution for Ethiopia?
            2.2: If so, why? 2.3: If not, what kind of government do you think is better for Ethiopia?

            Your characterization of me as an enabler of the Eritrean or Ethiopian governments is without merit as I never stated anything that remotely comes close to that. As for my qualitative support for the current war against the TPLF, it is based on the best interest of not only the Eritrean people but the people of Ethiopia including Tigray as well as the people of the Horn of Africa.

            Finally, in case you think that my view is extreme or an exception, please find below a tweet by the most honorable and great statesman Mr.Farah Maalim, former Deputy Speaker of Kenya National Assembly and Member of Parliament:

            “The Ethiopian conflict is not Amhara Vs Tigray. Not Abiy Vs TPLF but the whole of HOA Vs TPLF. TPLF is as bad & brutish as NAZI’s. They brutalized every Ethiopian Region, Somalia, Eritrea & Sudan. They also held hostage Djibouti & Kenyan foreign policy on HOA. IGAD was TPLF too.”

            Thanks,

            Tensae

  • Brhan

    Thank you Gedab for the news.