US-based Ethiopian opposition leader sentenced to death by Addis, travels to Eritrea to lead rebellion

The Guardian

by William Davison

Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn has warned Eritrea he would take “appropriate action” if its regional destabilisation continued.
Berhanu: An adviser to the Ethiopian prime minister says his group is militarily weak and his move to Eritrea is a “publicity stunt”. (Photo/ESAT/YouTube).

THE leader of a U.S.-based Ethiopian opposition group relocated to Eritrea to organise civil and armed resistance against the government in the capital, Addis Ababa, a movement spokesman said.

Berhanu Nega, a U.S. citizen, travelled to Ethiopia’s northern neighbour following the merger of his Ginbot 7 group with the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front this year, spokesman Tadesse Kersmo said.

Renewed tensions between the Horn of Africa nations, which fought a two-year war that ended in 2000, come before next week’s visit by Barack Obama to Ethiopia, the first by a sitting U.S. president.

“We are following a kind of merged strategy, blending peaceful resistance with non-peaceful resistance,” Tadesse said by phone from London on July 21. Attacks on security installations seek to inspire Ethiopians to engage in non- violent opposition, he said.

Ethiopia has fractious relations with Eritrea, which became independent from its larger neighbour in 1993 after three decades of armed struggle. Sections of the border remain militarised after a failure to implement a 2002 United Nations ruling that awarded disputed territory to Eritrea. Both governments back insurgencies against each other.

Sporadic attacks by anti-government militants haven’t stopped Ethiopia’s economic growth, which is forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to exceed an annual rate of 8% over the next two years.

Ethiopia’s government classes Ginbot 7 as a terrorist group and has sentenced Berhanu to death in absentia.


  1. if both Ethiopiia and Eritrea were to be a democratic city with a growing GPD as you all west media likes to portray, we would not see our population taking risky roads by ocean in worse places like Lybia Yemen etc ! Actually you do not let ethiopians been free UK and USA because yesterday Susan Rice said the current regime is democratically elected and that obama administration is sure of that! read or view or press release talk a day ago! How long west is going to play us believing we are stupid?? It is undermining and insulting us : the current gov in power for 24 years has claimed victory 100% seat in parliament : how on earth this is possble?? Pr Berhanu Nega is our only hope his place is back home like millions of us that you west humiliate because all you are interested is grabing our land and have our coffee and flowers and grains including teff etc being shipped to you by this mafia group! and probably you many not want to post my comments but you should so we can engage conversation and show me that west media supports democray and we can exchange ideas! do not block my comment because this is how majority ethiopians feels and if you do not dot it , though luck , but we will win our own revoluton with our own blood and one day we will remind you , that you never stood beside the brave people of Ethiopia !! Prof Berhanu Nega keep pushing we are with you till end!!


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