Freedom of Movement, or Walking Empire?
In Ethiopia, freedom of movement seems to be recast as, above all, the right of the Amhara to go anywhere and to be above all the local laws and regulations (eg. the language policies, the investment and lease laws, environmental laws, laws for the management of land and other natural resources, etc) of the areas they go to.
The freedom of movement has, in effect, become a special treatment, sort of an exemption, of the Amhara person anywhere in the country.
And it doesn’t occur to them that, speaking constitutionally–for whatever worth it is–freedom of movement is the right of every citizen to go to, to live, to work, to own property, and to do business anywhere in the country including in the Amhara region.
But from what we see, freedom of movement (even THROUGH Amhara region, not INTO) has been blatantly limited in the region. Movement through to Tigray has been disallowed for quite a while now. Movement within the region, especially to and out of minority peoples’ zones in the region, is heavily impaired.
Consequently, freedom of movement of only the privileged has come to be the walk of empire, literally walking empire in all its breadth and depth.
Given the fact that it is being done almost exclusively Southward, it has become obvious that this walk is tracing imperial routes of conquest, (land) dispossession, (enserfment and labor) exploitation, and cultural degradation