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Abraha Desta’s two last articles – written on July 7, the day before he was arrested

9 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Abraha Desta2Abraha Desta, ARENA senior party member, was arrested on July 8; eyewitnesses say he was taken by the police, as he was being badly beaten. What we understand by implication to be the reason for his arrest and the other three senior party leaders in Andinet and Semayawi Party is the statement the National Anti-terrorism Task Force issued Tuesday, which states:
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Tigrean Opposition to the TPLF

4 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Prof. Messay Kebede

    “Once you erect the wall of special privileges, you have a system that serves the few to the detriment of the many, regardless of ethnic groups.”

Despite the TPLF’s view of itself as the model of representation of ethnic interests and well-being, the growth of disenchantment is perceptible in Tigray. The proof is that non-violent Tigrean opposition to the TPLF is no longer negligible. Despite a tight control and continuous harassments, the movement known as ARENA is stepping up its criticisms of the regime and its attempt to organize and mobilize a credible popular opposition. Though the movement is ethnic-based, it is ideologically quite distinct from the TPLF, since its program includes not only the achievement of genuine democracy, but also the “restoration of Ethiopian Sovereignty.” The latter goal indicates a movement that counters the TPLF’s vision of Ethiopia as a mere collection of sovereign nations and nationalities.
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