Portland Post) –
Addis Ababa (PP News Desk) — The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed has posted a controversial Amharic tweet that describes Tigrayans as “weeds” to be removed.
“We will work to remove the weed. But while removing the weed, we will try our best not to damage the wheat” tweeted Abiy Ahmed.
Winning a Nobel Peace Prize has not prevented Abiy Ahmed from using a dehumanising language against his fellow citizens in Tigray.
About his decision to call up regional forces to fight alongside Amhara’s extremist Fano militias, Abiy Ahmed paints a picture of all Ethiopian ethnicities fighting another ethnicity: “The children of Ethiopia have risen from all four corners to undo the plans of the junta. This itself is a victory. The children of Ethiopia have identified their enemy. In our country, we weed [out] collectively. And this is what the children of Ethiopia are doing”.
Abiy’s tweet normalises persecution of Tigrayans.
Observers alluded to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s characterisation of Tigrayans as a clear example of a
dehumanising language that resulted in persecution of Tigrayans by Amhara militias, Eritrean forces and Ethiopian National Defence Forces.
“The silence of the International Community about the unfolding genocide in Ethiopia is deafening” said a human rights lawyer in Addis Ababa.
Below is an English translation in full of a public statement released by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed official Twitter account on 18 July 2021.
The enemy we are facing is an enemy which is the cancer of Ethiopia. The junta is probably the only group in history that used its political power to disintegrate its own country. As the saying goes “a familiar devil is not easily dislodged”, so the junta will attempt to resist desperately left and right.
Definitely, the junta will be uprooted in a manner that will never grow again.
This could only happen if we all of us help in uprooting the invasive weed. Along the way, individuals may make mistakes; divisive information may be heard. Even though we are united as to our end, there may be arguments about the means.
Nonetheless, we will achieve our goal. The children of Ethiopia have risen from all four corners to undo the plans of the junta. This itself is a victory. The children of Ethiopia have identified their enemy. And they know what to do. And they will do it.
Forces who are afraid of our unity will do everything to divide us. They conspire to divert our focus from them onto our compatriots. We will never do that. The unity we have created now is what destroyed the old conspiracy of the junta and what will destroy the owner of the conspiracy and which will ensure the renaissance of the country they had conspired against.
Our defense and regional forces are getting ready into their fighting positions. There will be attempts to sabotage this. We will respond accordingly while respecting the ceasefire we declared unilaterally.
We have a strict plan of why, how, when, where, and what to do. The result will soon be evident to both friend and foe. If necessary, our army is prepared to carry out the impossible mission.
We will work to remove the weed. But while removing the weed, we will try our best not to damage the wheat”.
In our country, we weed out collectively. And this is what the Ethiopian children are doing.
Note: The words “junta, cancer, devil, and weed” have been used by PM Abiy Ahmed in reference to the TPLF and the people of Tigray who voted for TPLF.