Debretsion : “We are getting positive response from the people of Eritrea”

Veröffentlicht: Montag, 09. November 2020 Geschrieben von Drucken E-Mail

Dimtsi Woyane report published on YouTube channel cited Debretsion as saying that Tigray is getting positive support from Eritrea.

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Debretsion Gebremichael giving press statement about three days ago. (Photo : screenshot from Demtsi Woyane video)

November 8, 2020

It has been five days since the Ethiopian government announced that “the TPLF attacked the northern command in Tigray and the Ethiopian Defense Force is ordered to respond to it.”

In the latest update on Sunday, Ethiopian Defense Force military leaders claimed that they have cleared TPLF from parts of Tigray in the western part of the region and controlled places like Dansha, Humera and Humera airpot and Maydeli.

About three days ago, Debretsion Gebremichal confirmed that there is a fighting between Ethiopian Defense force and his forces in the western part but did not say if he has lost territories or made advances against “enemy force.”

Debretsion did not make new appearances since then. However, Demitsi Woyane, a pro-TPLF media outlet based in Tigray, seem to have recycled the speech from three days ago to report that Debetsion Gebremicael said that he is getting positive response from Eritrean people (Watch the video below after the 17th minute). However, no Eritrean news outlet reported so far about Eritrean solidarity to TPLF leaders. What was in the news was Eritrea’s government readiness to support what Ethiopian government calls “operation” to enforce the rule of law against criminal TPLF leaders.

Reuters reported on Sunday that Debretsion Gebremichal, president of Tigray regional state and chairman of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is open for negotiation – an idea majority of Ethiopians do not seem to like. Reports of alleged TPLF attack on the Ethiopian Defense Force in Tigray region aggravated public anger towards TPLF.

However, Abiy Ahmed’s government did not release details of what really happened in the Ethiopian Defense Force bases in Tigray on the night of November 2, 2020.

Abiy Ahmed himself ruled out negotiation saying it takes the capture of what he calls “fugitives from justice,” to end the war. Debretsion or his party showed no sign of willingness to handover any TPLF leadership.

The Ethiopian parliament this week approved a six months long state of emergency in Tigray region.