Coup attempt in Ethiopia’s Amhara under control: PM, but the recent news otherwise

Coup attempt in Ethiopia’s Amhara under control: PM

Chief of General Staff Seare Mekonnen attacked by ‘mercenaries’ of alleged coup plotters, says PM Ahmed

Note: the recent news indicate that  General Asaminow Tsige has controlled Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara regional state. Dr. Ambachaw, the Governor of Amhara region, died at the hospital

By Tufan Aktas   |23.06.2019

A coup attempt against Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state government failed, Ethiopian prime minister said on Sunday.

In his address on state television, Abiy Ahmed said the coup attempt was under control and security has been maintained.

He said several officials were killed or injured during clashes.

Ahmed also said the Chief of General Staff Seare Mekonnen was also attacked by the “mercenaries” of the coup plotters.

However, he did not give further information about the condition of Mekonnen.

Nigusu Tilahun, spokesman for the prime minister, earlier said: “Armed men tried to unseat the Amhara Regional State Government by force but their attempt has been foiled.”

According to the state broadcaster, the armed group claimed itself to be a “force of change”.

Also, earlier reports came out from Bahir Dar, capital of the regional state, that there were some gunshots fired at the regional government’s building and people were seen running for their lives.

The coup attempt started at 1530GMT on Saturday and currently wired and mobile internet connections have been cut off across the country, according to Anadolu Agency correspondent in the area.

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  The city of Bahir Dar in Amhara.

Event:  The Embassy is aware of reports of violence in and around the city of Bahir Dar.  Chief of Mission personnel are temporarily prohibited from traveling to Bahir Dar and the Amhara region.  Those currently in the region have been advised to shelter in place.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area in and around the city of Bahir Dar
  • Seek secure shelter
  • Employ sound security practices
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Monitor local media for updates

1 Comment

  1. Well, the Amhara region has been the brewing pot of reckless violence since the reforms team took control of the Ethiopian government. Although those who understand “Amhara” mentality and political thought have been voicing grave concerns, regrading the savage militia roaming the region, causing havoc, the Ethiopian government chose to look the other way. Amhara activists and pseudo-journalists have preached hatred against ethnic others and their savage militia massacred innocent Qimant, Oromo, Gumuz, etc., and boasted about their achievements. Moreover, their expansionist agenda went to the extent of establishing “care taker council” for Finfinne/Addis Abba, undermining not only the Finfinne city administration but also the Ethiopian government and other ethnic groups as a whole. Ironically, in addition to the savage militia roaming the region, terrorizing the people, the National Amhara Movement/NaAM and the self-apointed “Addis Ababa care taker ” lunatic fringes have been preparing for this day on the watch of the Ethiopian government.

    The focus for the reforms team, at this time, must be on taking back power from Amhara gangsters, and ensuring the safety of Ethiopians in general and those targeted by Amhara militia and savage 19th century nostalgic activists. The militia must be under control as a matter of urgency and the NaAM and Eskinder Nega & company investigated. Snyder (2017) reminds us that:

    ‘If only government can legitimately use force, and this use is constrained by law, then the forms of politics that we take for granted become possible. It is impossible to carry out democratic elections, try cases at court, design and enforce laws, or indeed manage any of the other quiet business of government when agencies beyond the state also have access to violence. For just this reason, people and parties who wish to undermine democracy and the rule of law create and fund violent organizations that involve themselves in politics’.

    Since “Amhara culture”, for whatever reason, has been characterized by armed violence which has been victimising ethnic others, in the name of Ethiopia, without scrutiny, the Oromo, the Qimant, the Agaw, the Gumuz, even the Tigrawi, etc., have lived in the shadow of uncontrolled Amhara attacks. It is time that this state of affairs be sorted out so as the country of Ethiopia escape disintegration, obviously created by pseudo-Ethiopians, the “Amhara” lunatic fringes and backward gangsters. The reforms team still have some chances to succeed if and only if they come out of political naivety and mature as change leaders. Are there challenges? Definitely, yes. Nevertheless, B. C. Forbes has some comforting observations that ‘history has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats’. Dr Abiy Ahmed and his team must learn lessons from the obstacles they have faced and align their agendas with the Ethiopians who paid with their bloods and brought them to power. In other words, the Ethiopian government must cease dancing to the agendas of neo-neftagna and embrace the demand of the Ethiopian peoples for the creation of genuine democratic new Ethiopia.

    Best wishes

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