Strikes Spread in Restive Ethiopia Region Before Tillerson Visit

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Bloomberg
By Nizar Manek

Strikes Spread in Restive Ethiopia Region Before Tillerson Visit 1
Stores are closed along a street during a strike against the recent declaration of State of Emergency in Sebeta, neighborhood of Addis Ababa, on March 5, 2018. The strike has been called for 3 days by various opposition parties, throughout the Oromia region, prohibiting and businesses to be open. / AFP PHOTO / Zacharias Abubeker (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Strikes protesting Ethiopia’s state of emergency spread across the restive Oromia region ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival for talks with the Horn of Africa nation’s embattled government.

The closing of shops and roads by members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group is the latest sign of discontent in Oromia state, where unrest has prompted the country’s second state of emergency in two years. Tillerson is due in Ethiopia this week as part of his first government visit to sub-Saharan Africa, less than a month after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned.

More than two years of protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions have left hundreds of people dead, while recent conflict between the Oromia and Somali regions has forced more than 900,000 people from their homes. Combined, they pose the largest challenge to Ethiopia’s ruling coalition since it took power a quarter-century ago.

Youth in the sprawling Oromia territory, which surrounds the capital, Addis Ababa, announced three days of strikes Monday to protest the emergency measures that Ethiopia’s parliament ratified without meeting a required two-thirds quorum, said Bekane Tadese, a lecturer at Addis Ababa University.

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  1. Give your gun to TPLF after using it to kill at least a TPLF Tigre and/or a supporter/sympathizer of it. Our brother at Achefer is an excellent example of the tactical struggle to defeat TPLF. He killed/wounded 8 and finished himself like our Thewodros. He only resurrected/reclaimed his human nature by doing so.
    After all we are dead already for more than 27 years. That is because:
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing suffocation/mutilation/slaughter of our brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers and children at various place and at different times,;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our religions, historical and cultural treasures and artifacts have been pooh-poohed and/or systematically destroyed;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our great nation have become unjustly landlocked;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our sovereign territories and land resources are sold or given out to aliens;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our national wealth have been looted and become property of traitors (banda’’s);
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our young people are killed for their organs;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing our young people are deserting the country and dying everywhere in Africa, in the Arabian areas and beyond;
    – And so on and so on…….
    Thus, we are not any more full humans. We are like a humanly dead living organism. Dying by killing TPLF and its allies could even be resurrecting oneself as human.
    Jesus Christ defeated Satan by allowing Himself to be killed by it. What happened then after, Jesus defeated Satan forever and He reclaimed His nature (God) and resurrected.
    It is the same analogy. TPLF is alien installed satanic gang. We need to employ the Lord’s analogy to crush it and te reclaim our nature ( humanity and Ethiopian nature).

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