By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Most of the public in Gondar is armed; the fighting now is in the streets between the heavily armed TPLF army and the civilian population, according to the news piece in this video.
Already, reportedly two ambushed TPLF soldiers have been killed. Exact number of civilian casualty is not known at this stage. More and more armed farmers are moving into the historic Gondar town to fight the TPLF.
The popular slogans include: ወልቃይት የኛ ነው! የአማራ ድምጽ ይሰማ! የፖለቲካ እሥረኞች ይፈቱ! ወያኔ ሌባ ነው! አሸባሪው ወያኔ ነው! በኦሮሚያ ግድያው ይቁም! ሕወሃት ዘረኛ ነው! በኦሮሚያ ዘር ማጥፋቱ ይቁም! ወዘተ
– Literal translation:
Wolqayit is our land; Amhara voice must be heard; Release political prisoners; Woyane is terrorist; TPLF is racist; Stop the killings in Oromia; End genocide in Oromia, etc.
Commonsense should prevail to warn the TPLF to spare the country from further sufferings. Ethiopia has changed and it should not expect to ride it like a horse any longer, as it has criminally done in these past quarter century!
The indication is that the situation in Amhara and Oromia would determine the future of Ethiopia from this point on! It is also very likely that other ethnic groups would soon join the protests, since there is no part of the country the TPLF dictatorship, the harshness and robbery of its strongmen has not angered and embittered.
The sum of these popular anger would make the country ungovernable for the corrupt ethnic minority regime!
This dangerous development though long anticipated, the international community has not acted in good time and appropriately. This is due to the TPLF political propaganda, which thus far has hoodwinked everyone.
The point now here is that bloodshed in Ethiopia must be avoided, if the international community acts wisely, including by ensuring that the criminals in power face the law for the enormous blood of citizens they have spilt.
They must also be held accountable to return the ill-gained monies they have stashed in foreign banks through different ways and under the guise of family businesses!