Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urges Ethiopians to take up arms to stop TDF advances
ADDIS ABABA – Increasingly under pressure, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called on residents to use all legal avenues, including taking up arms and organizing peaceful protests to help his administration defeat the Tigray Defense Forces. [TDF].
His statement comes just hours after TDF captured the strategic town of Kombolcha, as federal troops struggled to retaliate. Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] struggled to contain the re-energized TDF.
Hours earlier, the Amhara regional government, which works closely with the federal government, declared a state of emergency as TDF made further gains. The TDF is expanding its territories, even managing to secure parts of the Amhara and Afar regions.
In his statement, Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, said that “the terrorist group TDF continues to be a scourge on Ethiopia, like an evil boy who overwhelms his mother with a scourge of a wrong “. He accused the TDF of having been inspired by “its hate propaganda” and said: “with the forces it had mobilized, the TDF opened fire on four fronts and continued its activities aimed at pushing the country to his disappearance”.
Ahmed, who took power in 2018, further praised the national army and some regional forces for “standing alongside the Ethiopian people”. In addition, he noted that “the enemy’s attempts were thwarted by the army on the ground and in the air.”
The Prime Minister also affirmed that TDF had decided to bring back all its fighters to the front while it was losing more and more “ground”. He also claimed that decent airstrikes in Mekelle destroyed some of the heavy machinery used by TDF to “commit crimes against our people”.
“In the future, the enemy will muster their remaining forces and carry out similar attacks,” the prime minister said and warned that “knowing that the source of our adversity is our weakness and neglect, we must be vigilant and vigilant . Our numbers are strength when we stand together and understand [each other]. Our separation is convenient for the enemy. If we can listen to each other and cooperate with each other, the power of the enemy will start to crumble, ”he added.
In addition, Prime Minister Abiy called on “our people” to “temporarily hold occasional business and organize and march legally with all arms and powers and, or perhaps, to prevent , to overthrow and bury the terrorist TDF who came to destruction.
“This great nation has not overcome great historical challenges by standing and looking to the sides or by settling for a few victories. We have defeated the attacks by staying together and standing guard with perseverance for our country.” , he noted.
The Ethiopian war in Tigray erupted in November 2020 when the TDF attacked the northern command. Subsequently, the Prime Minister sent the Ethiopian National Defense Forces to the region, sparking a conflict that left thousands dead and others displaced.