r/worldnews – Ethiopia may be on the edge of genocide
This is actually a product of unelected, aspiring dictator Abiy Ahmed wanting to consolidate his power by taking out the last potentially strong challengers to his rule in the future.
Here’s one in-depth explanation of the origins and lead up to this civil war:
I am writing this to inform you that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia has taken the unprecedented decision to declare war on Tigray, a regional state of the Federation. The prime minister said the move was taken in response to an “attack” on federal forces in the region. We would like to say that this was nothing more than a pretext to trigger an unconstitutional military intervention in retaliation for the elections that took place in Tigray earlier this year. We would particularly like to draw your attention to several incidents which serve to establish that Prime Minister Abiy sought an opportunity to take such an act to eliminate the only viable political opposition group that remains in the country after more than two years of difficult leadership.
1. Ahead of the regional elections, held in September, Prime Minister Abiy warned that if Tigray goes ahead with the elections, he will take action that will lead to destruction and make mothers cry.
2. Following the election, the federal government led by Prime Minister Abiy took a series of extraordinary measures, including cutting federal budget grants, banning SafetyNet grants, and medical masks from reaching the public. farmers and children of Tigray, as well as the attempt to exclude Tigrayan athletes from participation at national sports championships.
3. At the end of last week, the Federal Defense Forces were suddenly and without explanation removed from the troubled western part of the country, exposing civilians to attacks by unknown forces and leading to the indiscriminate slaughter of many people. Government officials and the media blamed the party attack on the Tigray (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) government in the hours following the attacks and without any credible investigation attempt.
4. On November 3, the President of Tigray Regional State, Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, gave a press conference, sounding the alarm that the Ethiopian defense forces had been put on high alert for no discernible reason. He also noted that President Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea was heading towards the Ethiopian border, which concerns Tigray.
Finally, very early in the morning of November 4, the Federal Defense Forces began an unprovoked act of war. At the same time, all internet infrastructure, telephone lines, electricity and water were cut, in violation of the very basic human rights of the inhabitants of Tigray. A propaganda war, deploying dehumanizing and other labels, has also been deployed, exposing hundreds of thousands of Tigrayans – ethnic minorities outside the region – to great risk of attack and genocide.
We, concerned Tigrayans in the diaspora, therefore ask you to express your concerns, to call for the cessation of all military activities, to demand the resumption of all services to the people of Tigray and to call for a national dialogue. immediate and inclusive.
Also keep in mind Abiy Ahmed met nine times and made preparations to attack Tigray from north and south with Eritrean dictator Isaias Afwerki during the past 2+ years:
Just three weeks before war erupted in northern Ethiopia, there was an unusual guest at an Ethiopian military base.
The visitor was Eritrea’s authoritarian leader, President Isaias Afwerki, who has ruled without elections for 27 years, creating one of the world’s most repressive regimes. His host was Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a former intelligence officer in the military that had fought a brutal border war with Eritrea for years.
The full extent of military co-operation between Eritrea and Ethiopia is difficult to ascertain, since Tigray is entirely cut off from the outside world. Ethiopia has shut down all telephone and internet access in the region and has barred journalists from entering.
Since the beginning of the war, the government has jailed six Ethiopian journalists, suspended the press permit of a Reuters correspondent and issued warning letters to other foreign correspondents, according to local media.
Laetitia Bader, the Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch, described it as an “information blackout.” The Ethiopian government is seeking to evade any independent scrutiny of its military offensive, Ms. Bader said in a tweet Friday.
The partnership between the Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders has grown warmer in the two years since Mr. Abiy ascended to power as Prime Minister. They have held nine meetings since then – and the two latest have included visits to military bases, suggesting they have a shared interest in military co-operation.
In July this year, Mr. Abiy visited Eritrea’s military training base, Sawa, where he inspected the troops and watched a parade of soldiers and equipment. It was the first time a foreign leader had been allowed to visit the base