TO THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE: RISE UP! WOYANE IS ON ITS LAST LEGS!
For the last twenty-six years, sadly some of us have stood by when the Woyane
regime hailing from a minority ethnic group has been terrorizing the Ethiopian people
and committing numerous atrocities. These atrocities have not abated because some
of us have chosen to allow Woyane’s ethnic ideology to take hold of our politics and
Much to the chagrin of the Woyane, however, most Ethiopians have not fallen under
the sway of this pernicious ideology. On the contrary, our people are united in their
determination to struggle together regardless of their ethnic identity until liberty and
freedom are achieved. Of course, the Woyane, like all dictators everywhere, will
continue to divide, oppress and kill our people in order to stay in power.
Recently, the Woyane regime instigated and organized the massacre of innocent
Amharas in Chora district of Illubabor in order to divert the Oromo uprising from the
increasingly national character that it has been assuming. Of course, this is not the
first time that Amharas have been targeted for mass murder with the support and
connivance of the ruling regime. Woyane’s divide-and-rule policies have previously
targeted Amharas resulting in their massacre in many places including Bedeno, Arba
Gugu, Wollega, Gura Ferda, Wolkait-Tegede, Chilga, Metema, Shinfa, to name just a
few. What makes the most recent massacre different from the past, however, is that it
occurred while the Ethiopian people are in the midst of taking determined steps to
forge unity as the only path to end ethnic division and the life of the tyrannical
regime. History and the law will never absolve the regime for its for its direct and
indirect involvement the massacre of innocent people.
It is important that the Ethiopian people take stock of Woyane’s subterfuges and
nefarious deeds and draw appropriate lessons therefrom. It should be clear to all that
the obvious purpose of inciting inter-ethnic conflict by the regime is to deflect the
people’s anger against it. As was recently witnessed in the middle of the country in
Semien Shoa, Selaale and Merha-Bete government-backed agents- provocateurs
sought to incite violence against the police with the purpose of provoking them to
turn their guns against peaceful protestors. However, with the cooperation and
support of local residents the ploy was foiled and the agents-provocateurs were
Ethnic oppression is a common dirge in the Northern part of our country as well,
particularly in Wolkait, Tegede, Humera and Kaftya areas of the Gonder region. We
feel deeply saddened and aggrieved by the pain and plight of the denizens of these
regions. In furtherance of its policy of ethnic cleansing the regime recently threw into
jail a number of the business owners that remained in the region for defying the
regime’s ban of the Amharic language on their store fronts as well as for asserting
their ethnic identity. These actions serve only to heighten our indignation and stiffen
our resolve to terminate the life of the minority regime.
We are encouraged in this by the fact that the minority regime’s tyrannical rule is well
understood at home and abroad both by the forces struggling to bring about its end as
well as by the international community. Even the United States Government which for
a long time has been supporting the regime has recently shown signs of a change of
attitude. Departing somewhat from its past practice it recently called upon the regime
to refrain from using violence against peaceful protestors merely for demanding their
rights. It is also noteworthy that high-ranking officials of the regime who have been
traumatizing the population for the last twenty-six years have recently begun to jump
ship in an effort either to avoid legal accountability for their crimes or to hoodwink
the people by joining their ranks. Even among those who have chosen to stay with the
regime serious cracks are visible both within the ruling coalition and within each of
the coalition partners. In sum, to all appearances the shelf-life of the Woyane is about
to expire and we must all work together to replace it by a democratic government.
Gonder Hibret for Ethiopian Unity firmly believes that the Woyane regime is rotten to
the core and is beyond reform. The only path forward for all of us who believe in a
united and democratic Ethiopia is to forge unity among ourselves and for each one of
us do our part to foil once for all Woyane’s nefarious tactic of staying in power by
fomenting ethnic division and conflict. Accordingly, we call upon all Ethiopians to rise
up in unison – as did the population of Gonder and Gojjam last year– to prevent the
Woyane from prolonging its rule by crushing the current wave of protests by the
Finally, we would like to remind the people of Tigray and its intellectuals alike that the
Woyane regime – its pretenses to the contrary notwithstanding – does not stand for or
represent your interests and your future. It purports to speak in your behalf merely to
prolong its rule, not to further your interests. We are not unmindful that the so-called
Tigray People’s Liberation Front (“TPLF”) does not really represent the people of
Tigray but it rules in your name and relies upon you as its base of support.
You should know that the TPLF is on its last legs. It behooves all Tigreans of goodwill
and good conscience to disassociate from the ruling clique, condemn its evil deeds and
join the nation-wide chorus against injustice and ethnic division and for freedom and
equality. Remaining silent in the face of unspeakable injustice and ethnic dictatorship
against the Ethiopian people is no longer an option. You should to remember that the
resentment and anger felt by other Ethiopians are deep and may boomerang against
you. This is not intended as a threat but as a statement of the likely consequences of
the regime’s policy of governing by fomenting ethnic conflict.
Long Live Ethiopia!
Gonder Hibret for Ethiopian Unity.