Game Over;  The End of Ethiopia’s TPLF Regime

Game Over;  The End of Ethiopia’s TPLF Regime

By Thomas C. Mountain (*) – 23. June 2018

The explosive device delivered this morning in a Police car (Number plate: ET Police0384) in Finfinne (Addis Ababa), during a public rally in support of the Ethiopian Prime-Minister with several fatalities and a yet unknown number of many people injured, shows that the new moves might not be taken lightly by the die-hards of the old regime without attempts to disrupt the peace. But is all smells like a false-flag.

(ECOTERRA Intl) — Game Over! The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which has ruled Ethiopia since 1991 has been ousted from power in Ethiopia, replaced by a new breed of leadership who have quickly moved to reassure the people that a real change is in the making.

This past Wednesday, June 20, was a busy day for the new Prime Minister Abiye, an ethnic Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest nationality, travelling to the site of the latest ethnic massacre and addressing the leadership of the Gurage community calling on them to end the ethnic violence and bring peace to their land by dialogue and mediation. This was all broadcast live for all Ethiopians, both at home and abroad, to see via satellite television and warmly received by those to whom he directly spoke.

Next door, here in Eritrea we sat glued to our TVs late into the night watching Ethiopian television broadcast the address our President Issias Aferwerki had made early that morning during our annual Martyrs Day commemoration where he held out an olive branch of peace to our neighbours in Ethiopia, repeated over and over. The Ethiopian P.M. then went live and thanked the Eritrean President and promised a future of peace and prosperity in brotherly respect. And he did it in Tigrinya, the de facto national language of Eritrea.

We could only pinch ourselves in disbelief, to have our long time enemies in Ethiopia suddenly change so positively, I mean EVERYTHING the Ethiopian P.M. has been saying could not be more true.

The Ethiopian P.M. has gone on TV and described his governments past actions, and he acknowledges he was a part of this, as “terrorist” regarding its treatment of its political prisoners. He has addressed the T.P.L.F regimes past policy of divide and rule via instigation of ethnic bloodshed and spoke to what needs to be done to heal divisions and move forward.

Here in Eritrea what we are hearing is music to our ears for the Ethiopian P.M. is saying just what our President Issias Aferwerki has been saying for two decades now, that we shouldn’t be fighting, instead uniting, to build a more humane and just society absent of foreign intervention.

If this new Ethiopian leader manages to stay alive, there is hope for Ethiopia, that the nationalities, starting with the Oromo’s, the largest, who have been calling for independence, will reconsider their quest for separation and continue as one country.

While one must respect the right to self determination reality is that the “Prison House of Nations” that has been Ethiopia up to now is best transformed into a modern, peoples democracy rather than torn asunder and left to fend for themselves as small, independent countries. This new P.M. could be the one to give them hope and allow a violent upheaval to be avoided.

The Horn of Africa, the Horn of Hunger, the Horn of War and Famine may be seeing the birth of a new era, where Ethiopia no longer invades its neighbors at the behest of the USA. Where Ethiopians are able to leave behind their lives of hunger and thirst, of being cold, sick and illiterate and start to feed, clothe, house, medicate and educate its people, and turn a perpetual famine victim into a modern, prosperous land.

For us here in Eritrea after 20 years of war followed by no war, no peace, we have hardened ourselves to not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. This new leadership in Ethiopia is almost to much to  believe, its almost like a dream to us still. Could we really live as brothers and sisters with our huge neighbour to our south?

Just as with North Korea the Trump Regime has broken with decades of past policy towards the the Horn of Africa and allowed common sense and experience to hold sway. It may be just pragmatism, but those veteran diplomats in the US State Department know they have little choice in the matter, any further support for the TPLF regime would have been counter-productive and damage American credibility let alone result in the disintegration of Ethiopia, possibly followed by a South Sudan scenario.

One thing is for sure, and Eritrean President Issias Aferworki said it with glee when he spoke at our Martyrs Day commemoration, “Game Over!” for the T.P.L.F regime, shocking all in attendance into spontaneous applause. What we have only dreamed about is now reality here in the Horn of Africa, and if the seasonal rains arrive this year and another drought is averted, then we can truly be blessed with  “selam(peace) and rain for the Horn of Africa”.

(*) Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist and historian in Eritrea, living and reporting from here since 2006. See thomascmountain on Facebook or best reach him at thomascmountain at gmail dot com


  1. Nomatter what, Ethiopia should not have an open border agreement with Eritrea since that is what Eritrea wants more than anything not trade but to send their unwanted “AMICHES” Eritreans to Ethiopia, The whole world is about to send Eritrean criminals from their countries those Eritrean criminals that abused the legal system of the world are about to get deported to Eritrea , from the world criminals to Eritrea then to Ethiopia if this C IA appointed ACTOR PM Abiy lets them. These “AMICHES” Eritrean criminals are scums of the earth rapist , murderers Eritreans who had lived in USA / Europe in and out of prisons all their adult lives currently are about to get deported to Eritrea within the coming few years. USA / Europe had decided regardless the conditions in Eritrea that all these criminals will not be allowed to stay in USA / Europe and are going to be deported at once while Trump is still is in the office. When Ethiopian-diaspora criminals in USA and Europe were getting deported for the last 27 + years Eritrean-diaspora criminals were allowed to stay in Europe and USA because the political situation in Eritrea was not safe, but not anymore.USA and Europe decided to deport these criminal diaspora-Eritreans since it is deemed impossible to help these criminal Eritreans. For most of the deportees since staying in Eritrea is not an option for them since they are expected to show up with empty pockets and Isayas do not want those “AMICHES” with empty pockets the only option left for them to do is to send these criminals to Ethiopia. Those Eritrean deportees that show up with fat pockets to Eritrea will be allowed to stay according to Isayas. those that show up to Eritrea in empty pockets S guess where they are ready to go once they get deported? yes you guessed right Ethiopia. Not USA , not Europe (as Italy is ready to close their borders right now) and will not welcome anymore of the illegal migrants again .If Eritreans are allowed to go into Ethiopia bY PM Abiy new deal it will be a huge mistake, since these crack heads “AMICHES” will not hesitate to go on a crime spree, you will see Abesha looking serious criminals that will make all Ethiopian criminals we seen so far look like saints, these Eritrean deported criminals faces will be looking like Ethiopians but they are more like Nigerians (all colored collar criminals).In the last five years, illegal migration to European countries through the Mediterranean Sea has risen to unprecedented levels, with Africans forming the majority of migrants arriving in Europe every year.Unfortunately, thousands of them have died while trying to cross the sea on flimsy boats. Others are languishing in detention camps in Libya, where they are often abused and sold as slaves by their captors.
    It’s a crisis that has left Italy thinking about closing its ports to migrant rescue ships operated by
    In 2016, the United Nations accused President Isaias Afwerki’s regime of using indefinite military service, arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances to intimidate its citizenry.Escape is not an option for many Eritreans as the government has issued a shoot-to-kill order and might raise this order just so the empty pocketed deportees will not stay in Eritrea, The shoot to kill order on the borders and those who attempt to leave without legal documents are labeled traitors but for the deportees they are already labeled traitors and most likely will be able to go freely.conditions. Many Eritreans have to endure a lifetime of compulsory military service which deportees are not going to be willing to serve a day in a service which the U.N. and other human rights organizations say amounts to modern-day-slavery.Now the U.S.A. government is working hard to send Eritrean migrants back to these horrifying conditions in Eritrea and to please the United Nations C IA convinced PM Abiy to make a peace deal and accept these rejects into Ethiopia so they escape military service of Eritrea so the western governments do not get blamed for human rights accusation of the so called “AMICHES”.

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