Fano forces respond to US ambassador to Ethiopia’s ‘political speech’

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toronto – A week after US Ambassador to Ethiopia Ervin Massigna delivered a controversial “political speech” in which he spoke disparagingly of Fano forces and described them as forces that reject peaceful resolution, he is receiving a response from them.

In a press release issued on Friday, Fano said that “we were dismayed to hear Ambassador Massinga present Fano as a party that rejects peace and dialogue.”

It is supported by all Fano groups in the Amhara region.

The full content of the statement, which is posted on the Amhara Association of America website, is presented below.

“Press Release: Response of Amhara Fano Leaders to Ambassador Ervin J. Massinga’s Policy Speech on Human Rights and Dialogue

May 24, 2024 (Ginbot 16, 2016 EC)

On May 15, 2024, the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ervin J. Massinga, delivered a policy speech on human rights and dialogue at American Gibbi. He reflected on the Yekatit 12 massacre of 1937, during which more than 30,000 Ethiopians were murdered by fascist colonial forces, and highlighted the role the United States played in saving hundreds of Ethiopians during those dark days. This underlines the deep ties shared between the two countries for more than 120 years. Unfortunately, we live in a time where the ruling party, led by Abiy Ahmed Ali, has been as cruel, if not more so, than Rodolfo Graziani towards the Ethiopian people. At the time, it was the selflessness of historical figures like Cornelius van Hemert Engert and the heroism of people like the “Brown Condor” John Robinson, who volunteered to help Ethiopia in its difficult times, that saved countless lives. Although the horrors of the fascist occupation may seem like a distant past to many, they have become a daily reality for the Amhara people since Abiy Ahmed’s rise to power. From Wollega to Metekel, from Ataye to Mai-Kadra, from Kobo to Merawi, the Amhara people have faced numerous massacres throughout Ethiopia without proper protection.

First, we appreciate any desire by Ambassador Massinga, the United States, and other international observers to end the suffering of our people and find lasting peace in Ethiopia. However, it is crucial that Ambassador Massinga and the United States understand the struggle of the Amhara people in order to play a constructive role in finding a lasting solution. Before the declaration of a state of emergency and the start of a large-scale genocidal war against our people by the Abiy Ahmed regime, on April 2, 2023 the Amhara people started peaceful protests in more than 30 cities and towns saying ” don’t kill.” to us.” This date marked the anniversary of Abiy Ahmed’s inauguration, which the Ethiopian people have come to call the “day of darkness.” In fact, the Amhara people spent the first five years of Abiy’s rule trying persistently to express their grievances through peaceful means. This was despite facing relentless genocidal massacres, ethnic cleansing and even travel restrictions to their own capital. During the Northern Ethiopian War, the Amhara people faced the brunt of the invasions. genocides of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), during which we fought in self-defense to protect our people from the invading forces that inflicted unimaginable suffering on our people, committed armed rape against our mothers , sisters and daughters, and destroyed critical properties and institutions, including schools, hospitals, places of worship and homes When world leaders imposed a peace process without our inclusion, the Amhara people still made efforts to participate in the process by appointing Amhara representatives. to sit at the negotiating table. At that time, the broader Amhara community warned that excluding the Amhara people and ignoring our interests would not bring lasting peace to Ethiopia. Unfortunately, our sincere dedication to peaceful struggle was met with unwavering belligerence and aggression by Abiy Ahmed, culminating in a full-scale genocidal war soon after the signing of the so-called “peace agreement” with the TPLF.

In reality, this agreement was more of a war pact between the Abiy Ahmed regime and the TPLF, as demonstrated by the genocidal war waged against our people and the TPLF’s recent ethnic cleansing campaign in Raya and Telemt, which has displaced tens of thousands of our people. . This underscores the existential threat facing the Amhara people from genocidal forces that have demonstrated their commitment to reject peace and wage war.

In this context, we were dismayed to hear Ambassador Massinga present Fano as a party that rejects peace and dialogue. This was never a voluntary war, but rather a war imposed on us and our people. That is, our main objective in fighting is to ensure the survival of our people, but also to seek justice for the decades of genocide committed against our people. Therefore, our fight is not one of aggression but rather our universal right to self-preservation and protection of our people. So we share the concern expressed by the Ambassador about the suffering of innocent civilians due to this war, including those who have been victims of door-to-door massacres, armed rape and drone attacks by regime forces, and those who face massive famines due to the regime’s total humanitarian and communications blockade.

As for negotiations, our refusal to negotiate with this genocidal regime is not due to a lack of understanding of the cost of war or a disregard for peace. We are facing a regime that boasts of bombing primary schools, demolishing the homes of the poor, and arbitrarily profiling and arresting people. As we speak, detention centers across the country are holding thousands of Amhara opposition figures, journalists, civil society leaders, aid workers, religious leaders, human rights activists and other civilians based on their identity and political beliefs. . That is why we find that the regime has not demonstrated the ability to achieve peace, find common ground, lead a process of national dialogue or seek transitional justice. This is a ruling power that thrives on chaos and poses a threat not only to the stability of Ethiopia but to the entire region. Therefore, those who have known the plight of the Amhara people for decades recognize the patience and restraint we have shown in seeking peaceful solutions and would not question why we took up arms, but rather ask why it took us so long.

We urge the United States and other observers to choose to side with humanity so that the Ethiopian people can leave behind the days of darkness and establish a country with true democracy, equality and freedom. This can be achieved by supporting Fano to hold this regime accountable for the crime of genocide it is committing against our people. Meanwhile, world leaders must exert maximum pressure on the regime to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from the region, release all political prisoners, and end the humanitarian and communications blockade. We are fully prepared to work with international partners to facilitate the distribution of life-saving humanitarian assistance to those in need. Finally, we are committed to working with all Ethiopians to achieve a genuine and inclusive national dialogue and transitional justice process once this genocidal regime is removed from power. Just as Ethiopian patriots defeated the evils of fascism during World War II, Amhara Fano will triumph over fascism today.


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