Ethnic Tigrayan Killings Spiraling in Ethiopia

“Selecting killings of ethnic Tigrayans in other regions of Ethiopia is alarming” – Abraha Desta

By TesfaNews,

NINE ethnic Tigrayans have been slaughtered to death last week in Assosa town, Benishangul region of Western Ethiopia while scores wounded when an ethnic based rebel group attacked a vehicle carrying 28 Tigrayans, according to Abraha Desta, a Tigrayan and member of the ARENA/MEDREK opposition party.

Mr. Abaraha said all the victims were Tigrayans working as daily laborers at the Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Following recent killings of more than 50 ethnic Oromo students by security forces of the Tigrayan led government and the continued displacement of ethnic Amhara and other ethnicity from Western and Southern parts of the country in the name of villagization and land grab led to a growing anti-ethnic Tigray sentiment and selective killings in the area. 

Ethnic federalism policy in Ethiopia besides helping to effectively divide the people, it created an unprecedented level of ethnic nationalism with a potential to destabilize the country along ethnic lines. Regionalism sentiments like “Oromia for Oromos” is growing and getting more intense recently.

According to last week’s African Intelligence report, the ruling coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is in embryonic Crisis state. Its central core, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), itself is deeply divided between “provincial” faction led by Abay Woldu, and the “modern nationalist” faction headed by Debretsion Gebremicahel, not to mention the various other Tigrayan sub-factions such as those of the elderly Marxist Sebhat Nega and the Meles Zenawi’s widow Azeb Mesfin.

Below is what Mr. Abraha Desta posted on his Facbook page about the growing animosity against ethnic Tigrayans in the country:

ከአብርሃ ደስታ ፌስቡክ የተወሰደ፡

“ባለፈው ሳምንት የጉልበት ሥራ ለመስራት በአንድ ኮንትራክተር ተቀጥረው ወደ አባይ ግድብ በደህንነት መኪና ሲጓዙ ከነበሩ 28 የትግራይ ተወላጆች ዉስጥ ዘጠኙ ታርደው ሲገደሉ የተወሰኑም ቆስለዋል። ባለፈው ቅዳሜ ደግሞ አንድ የትግራይ ተወላጅ በተመሳሳይ ተገድሎ ተገኝቷል። ቀጥሎም በአንድ ድርጅት ሲሰሩ የነበሩ ሦስት ሰራተኞች መገደላቸው ተሰምቷል። ገዳዮቹ ከኢህአዴግ ጋር የተጣላ የአንድ ዓማፂ ቡድን አባላት ናቸው።

ባከባቢው የፌደራል ፖሊሶችና መከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት ቢገኙም ወንጀሉ መከላከል እንዳልቻሉ ታውቋል። ሁኔታው ለማረጋጋት ሲሉ አቶ ፀጋይ በርሀና አቶ አዲሱ ለገሰ ወዳከባቢው ቢጓዙም የተለመደ ፖለቲካ ከመስበክ የዘለለ ነገር አላደረጉም። መንግስት ፀጥታን ማስከበር ይገባዋል። ደግሞ ሰለማዊ የቀን ሰራተኞች በደህንነት መኪና መጫን ተገቢ አይደለም። በደረሰ ጉዳት ጥልቅ ሐዘን ይሰማናል።

ወላዲት ትግራይ መዓዝ ይኾን ሓዘንኪ ዘብቅዕ?”
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