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Ethiopia Under Military Rule

5 days, 8 hours agoThe new state of emergency declaration also followed a release of hundreds of political prisoners including prominent opposition leaders. While activists and opposition groups welcomed the release of prisoners, a regime change appeared to be within reach to some.

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Sporadic protests since early November 2015 in Oromia Region, the most populous and the largest regional state, have forced the Ethiopian government declare a state of emergency which ended in August 2017 after 10 months of enforcement.

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Since Nov., 2015, Oromo people have taken their anger at Ethiopian government to the streets. Government forces killed hundreds of them in broad day lights, with no accountability. Thousands ended up in prison, including prominent opposition leader Bekele Gerba.

Dictatorial regimes do not often make the weapons they train on their own citizens. Most of the suppliers of those weapons operate from the developed nations. Luckily for us, justice seekers in one corner of the world do not have to wait for an airplane to land to get their copy of newspapers.

If you are wondering why seven or eight years behind, you are not alone. But the answer is simple. It’s a fight between two ancient monks: Annianus of Alexandria and Dionysius Exiguus.

It is hard for people in East Africa to get western media’s attention. It is even harder when the latter’s freelance reporters suppress flow of information, or choose to ignore facts on the ground.

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As it is often the case in most African countries, there has never been a peaceful relay of power in Ethiopia. In the early 90s, when TPLF assumed power, it had the opportunity to amass all the public wealth upon the departure of Mengistu Halemariam, former President of Ethiopia under socialist Derge regime. Meles and his fellow party leaders had an idea of rehabilitating the often starving and war-torn Tigray, with the cash they stashed from sales of food aid, and other goods meant to help Tigray people and armed struggle to topple the military junta.

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