More than 10,000 protests against the US economy and security in Ethiopia over the war in Tigray.
Opponents representing the Ethiopian government have criticized the United States for it tightening the rules with the help of the Tigray controversy, at a general meeting convened by officials to demonstrate support for their duties.
More than 10,000 people attended the rally on Sunday, some carrying placards in English, Arabic and Amharic. “Ethiopia does not need (a) caregivers,” said one sign at Addis Ababa Stadium, while others criticized the “western intervention”.
A sign reading “Fill the Dam” also appeared, referring to the great Nile dam that was opposed by Egypt and Sudan.
“We will not bow down. The goals and objectives of the US and its agencies are not acceptable. It needs to be fixed, “Adanech Abebe, the mayor of Addis Ababa, told a meeting organized by the youth ministry.
The demonstration was larger than the pro-government rallies, and US public opposition was intense.
Ethiopia is facing a major international crisis as a result of the conflict in its northern Tigray region, where neighboring Eritrea sent troops last year to overthrow the government.
Last week, the United States imposed Ethiopian economic and security laws on the war. Washington also said it had banned Ethiopian or Eritrean officials who blamed it.
The crisis began in November after Ethiopia criticized former Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) leaders for ordering an attack on an Ethiopian army in the region.
The troops sent by the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, immediately seized the TPLF from major cities and towns, but the war was still raging in Tigray.
Violence including terrorist rape, indiscriminate killings and deportations have been commonplace violent section in Tigray, according to stakeholders, witnesses, government officials and support groups. Thousands are said to be dead.
More than 2 million people have been displaced by the conflict.
Involvement in ‘internal affairs’
Abiy Government opposed US sanctions if “determined to interfere in our internal affairs” and warn Addis Ababa could be forced to reconsider their relationship with Washington.
Nejash Sheba, a 23-year-old businessman from Addis Ababa and a member of the Abiy Prosperity Party, told Reuters news agency that he had been advised by local authorities to organize people in his area, and brought 100 others to the meeting.
“I have come here to show my support for the Prosperity Party and to condemn the ban in Ethiopia and America.”
Filling of $ 4bn The Great Lake of Rebirth in Ethiopia it has also provoked international controversy.
Ethiopia says pool electricity is needed to develop its economy; Sudan and Egypt say they are violating their Nile River water rights.