Ethiopia opposition leader arrested again (Teshome Borago -Satenaw Columnist)

Just a few weeks after his release, Andualem Aragie, leader of the largest Ethiopian opposition UDJ party is behind bars again. He was arrested today during a celebration organized for all the political prisoners released recently. Journalist Eskinder Nega was also arrested.

Andualem Aragie headlined a number of opposition officials invited by their UDJ party representative Temesgen Desalegn for the ceremony. The federal police was harassing them through out their meetings. Then, after all opposition officials gathered, the police suddenly accused the group of using the original Ethiopian plain flag, which does not have the new EPRDF blue disc with 5 point star in the middle. Many Ethiopians reject the new EPRDF blue disc star which symbolizes ethnic division.

Ethiopians call the additional blue circle emblem, the Hambasha flag, with similarities to the Hambasha bread popular among the northern Tigrayan people of Ethiopia & Eritrea.  Since 1991, the five pointed star with rays has symbolized both ethnic division as well as representing only 5 large tribes by marginalizing the 75 other southern ethnicities in the country.

Ethiopian Opposition groups view the blue emblem as the dawn of government sanctioned racism and tribalism that was institutionalized in 1990s.

After his release, UDJ leader Andualem Aragie has condemned the recent tribal conflicts in the country as “barbarism” that do not belong in the 21st century.

Last week, Andualem told reporters tribalism is worse than dictatorship. He said, “It is very bad to have an ethnic mindset, we must work together for our country. Dictatorship is inhuman but racism is worse. We must fight this kind of barbarism to make a peaceful country. We are not human if we attack somebody based on the languages they speak or the tribe they belong to. “

Despite the TPLF ruling party cracking down on Oromoprotests and Amharaprotests recently, the ruling party historically prefers these tribal divided opposition movements over the return of United Ethiopian opposition Movements. The TPLF views pro-unity Ethiopian nationalists as a systematic and existential long-term threat to its rule, while it views ethnic opposition protesters as temporary problems.

It is unknown when the opposition leader will be released.

1 COMMENT

  1. Their are a Hyenas just outside your safe zone wanting and ready to eat you up for supper. what do you do not to be eaten up? do you strengthen your safety barrier or you open your main gate which the hyenas now you will leave it open eventually in a foolish attempt to lure them in. The Detainees are just outsmarted by a trained TPLF hyenas who knows them better than the detainees know themselves.
    Shit head celebrity status seekers How on earth you celebrate because you all are just only let loos from a smaller prison cell to a larger one where every citizen is a prisoner by Ethiopian number one enemy child killers TPLF. where do you think you are bloody foreign western residence permit visa seekers, and true Ethiopians hard earned dollar dreamers. do you know how many Ethiopians were happy you got released and how your foolishness disappointed many of us. we Ethiopians honor and love our flag but it should not be used to promote your self interest. For what you were jailed for That patriotic flag is a sacred Ethiopian patriotic symbol you all should be given by the Ethiopian people whether you are true patriotic Ethiopian or become one by accident from TPLF’S own making.
    You must not use as a decorating curtain and let the Ethiopian sworn and staunch enemies, ( your jailers) shamefully desecrated it. What do you benefit from angering Ethiopians by giving TPLF a calculated reason and by your luck of judgement in falling in its web of trap.
    If you are brave enough you all should have organize your trusted friends, gone out in the middle of night under the cover of darkness and hung our glorious flag in every utility service pole. I know it is possible because I was once an EPRP youth member doing the same. IT would have been at least a major political and psychological coup to a dying parasite TPLF led government, instead of giving it a reason to do something idiotic and something laughable to boost its long gone and defeated moral.
    It is very Ironic and Surprising that You guys and TPLF came up and showcased and did a well coordinated drama in the name of our Glorious Ethiopian flag.
    I wish you all well and take this opportunity to know your enemy Ethiopian enemy is an anti Ethiopian devils recruit led by devil’s offspring’s themselves. You will only be free when the TPLF and its supporters at home and abroad are destroyed for good and eliminated from Ethiopian land and this our wonderful planet. I have no ill towards you all but your luck of understanding, the motive and agenda of your jailers, Ethiopian enemies and how on earth you fall in to its diabolic trap is very unexpected fro you all.
    God bless you all
    god bless Ethiopia and true Ethiopians
    Hope you will be released soon.

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