Prof. Berhanu Neaga says solidarity between Oromo, Amhara obliterates ethnic barriers erected by the regime


Prof. Berhanu Nega

ESAT News (August 9, 2016)

Prof. Berhanu Nega, the leader of an Ethiopian armed opposition based in Eritrea said the ongoing protest rallies in the Oromo and Amhara regions and the show of solidarity between the two have trampled ethnic boundaries set by the regime and would clear the way for the march to freedom.

In a statement he gave in connection with the ongoing uprising in the Amhara and Oromo regions against the regime, Prof. Berhanu, Chairman of the Patriotic Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democracy, said the unity of the people in renouncing tyranny and the solidarity shown between the people of the two major ethnic groups was a big blow to the TPLF.

The unrelenting uprising in the Oromo and the expression of solidarity by the Amhara and vice versa have shown the true meaning of being Ethiopian both to the TPLF and its Western masters.

The people have taken down the flags of the TPLF and its proxy parties and hoisted the Ethiopian flag to unequivocally demonstrate their refusal to the tyrannical rule, he said.

“No amount of force would stop the indignant people who rise up at such scale against the regime,” the Professor said.

He called on the people to spread the struggle and strengthen the organizational capacity of their movement. He said the people should abolish the administrative structures of the regime and replace them by a transitional administration elected by the people everywhere possible.

He reiterated his call to the army and said the soldiers should not shoot at the people but they should rather turn the muzzle towards the rulers who live lavishly at the expense and sacrifice of the defense forces.

He particularly called up on the Tigrayan educated elites to unambiguously denounce the TPLF and the killings perpetrated by the Front against other ethnic groups. The Tigrayan elites should impartially show their concern when other ethnic groups are massacred by the TPLF. This, he said, is vital for the future of Ethiopia and even more essential for the security of the people of Tigray.