THOUSANDS IN ETHIOPIA PROTEST AGAINST WESTERN INTERFERENCE.
Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Sunday witnessed a massive rally against what they term as Western interference in Ethiopia's internal affairs. The thousands who turned out at Meskel Square also denounced the activities of the rebels in the Tigray region. The rally is the second in a month and came two days after Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters invaded Lalibella, a historic town featuring 12th century-built monolithic churches.
The government has come under strong international criticism over the conflict in Tigray. However, according to experts, paid Western media outlets have been propagating fabricated stories of crimes committed against a poor minority, thus, building an environment of famine to justify intervention with sanctions, which will create humanitarian corridors used to smuggle weapons and mercenaries dressed up as humanitarian operators.
During Sunday's rally, protesters sent strong and stern messages to the United States, urging it to reconsider its stance towards Ethiopia. Political analysts have pointed out that the US and its European allies want to unseat the power in Ethiopia and put in place the defunct TPLF regime that ruled Ethiopia for over 30years.
Speaking to protestors, deputy mayor of Addis Ababa, Adanech Abebe, said that the government had been chosen by the Ethiopian people, reiterating that ''No one could force a puppet government in Ethiopia''.
Banners carried inscriptions such as “I will march to save Ethiopia,” other demonstrators held up signs with slogans such as “We will safeguard the unity of Ethiopia through sacrifice.”
Last November, TPLF forces raided the Northern Command of Ethiopian National Defense Forces, killing soldiers and looting sizable military hardware, forcing the Ethiopian government to launch a law enforcement operation against the rebel group.
Ethiopia declared the cease-fire late, reportedly to offer farmers in Tigray the chance to harvest their lands, and withdrew its forces from Tigray. However, the TPLF rejected the cease-fire and continued to encroach into lands in the neighboring regional states of Amhara and Afar.