Ethiopia hails success in quashing wave of anti-government unrest

Ethiopia hails success in quashing wave of anti-government unrest

Ethiopia hails success in quashing wave of anti-government unrest.

Note: This article is the fruit of millions of dollars TPLF poured  outside of Ethiopia on media campaign to prolong malice and misery. John Aglionby, the writer of this piece, is one of the crusaders against the innocent people

Ethiopia hails success in quashing wave of anti-government unrest
Ethiopians cross their wrists as a symbol of support for anti-government protests in October © AFP

Addis Ababa vows to eliminate economic threats as violent protests rattle investors

(FT) –The government of Ethiopia has vowed to crush all threats to its economic model and insists it is succeeding in restoring order as it grapples with the most serious threat to its 26-year hold on power.

Negeri Lencho, the communications minister, told the Financial Times that a state of emergency imposed in October had succeeded in quashing a wave of nationwide anti-government protests that left hundreds of people dead. He insisted that Addis Ababa would not “give opportunity to any party to block the fast-growing economy and the attempt or efforts of the Ethiopian government to change the lives of the people”.

But in an apparent acknowledgment of the failings of the government’s state-driven development model, he admitted that anger over high unemployment was a factor behind the unrest.

“The government educated the youth and there was not enough employment,” Mr Lencho said. “So the extremists used this fertile ground to incite violence.”

More than 500 people have been killed and tens of thousands detained over the past 18 months as anti-government protests spread across the country. The violence, which also targeted foreign-owned business, and the autocratic government’s response, has rattled investors.

The unrest has also called into question the sustainability of Addis Ababa’s economic model, which has helped drive some of the world’s fastest growth rates and lured billions of dollars of foreign investment to the Horn of Africa nation.

The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, a Marxist-Leninist coalition that has ruled with an iron grip since taking power in 1991, has concentrated on state-led infrastructure and industrialisation projects rather than opening up the private sector as it has sought to develop the impoverished country.

The model has been widely lauded in development circles, but the government has been accused of taking repressive measures and committing human rights abuses.

Negeri Lencho, Ethiopia’s communications minister © Getty
Negeri Lencho, Ethiopia’s communications minister © Getty

Mr Lencho said authorities had detained more than 20,000 people for “training” on the constitution since the protests erupted — initially over land disputes — in 2015.