Thousands of people are demonstrating in Ethiopia to protest the progress made by the TPLF and to support the government

Thousands of people demonstrated this Friday in various cities in the Ethiopian regions of Oromia and Gambella to protest against the offensives of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) and the Army of the Liberation of Oromia (OLA), which have joined troops and threatened to advance towards the capital Addis Ababa.

According to the Ethiopian TV broadcaster Fana, the demonstrations took place in the towns of Adama, Dire Daua, Dukem, Gamella, Jimma, Legetafo, Nekemte, Sebeta and Shashemene, where the protesters have shown “atrocities” by the TPLF and OLA and the government.

With this, the participants have shown their willingness to join the security forces in order to face the offensive of both groups, which the Ethiopian authorities have declared as terrorists, amid the escalation of the conflict and the advances of the TPLF and OLA in Amhara and Oromia.

Thousands of people are demonstrating in Ethiopia to protest the progress made by the TPLF and to support the government
Thousands of people are demonstrating in Ethiopia to protest the progress made by the TPLF and to support the government

The Ethiopian parliament on Thursday approved the state of emergency enacted by the government on Tuesday. “We have to adjust our lives during this demanding period until our problems are resolved quickly and we can return to normal life,” said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday.

For its part, Addis Ababa authorities on Tuesday urged citizens to arm themselves and protect neighborhoods from the rebel advance, the rebel advance that threatens to spread the conflict across the country.

A joint investigation by the United Nations and the Ethiopian Commission on Human Rights (EHRC) was published on Wednesday, which provided “reasonable grounds” for believing that all parties to the conflict in Tigray have committed human rights abuses and against the law based on war crimes and crimes against the Humanity could result.

The conflict began on November 4, 2020 when, after months of tension between the TPLF and the central government over postponing the congresses, Abiy finally ordered a military offensive in retaliation for the attack on the army base in the capital Tigray, Mekelle, which took place in June and which took place in June Abiy achieved a landslide victory due to the uncertainty despite calls for boycotts and a lack of coordination in several areas – including Tigray.

However, the TPLF made important strides in June that enabled it to retake Mekelle, whereupon Abiy, citing humanitarian grounds, announced a unilateral ceasefire that was rejected by the group, which extended its offensive to the adjoining Amhara and Afar regions, which one The war spread to the rest of the country.

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