The Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF/EPRDF), has been staggering since November 2015 when anti-government protests began in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. Now that the protests have spread to Amhara region, Konso and higher education institutions, and especially, following the re-ignition of protests in post the Irreca Massacre last week, the TPLF government has now shifted its blame game from social media/facebook to Egypt.
Since yesterday, the state television EBC has been showing purportedly discussions on Egyptian Television conspiring and supporting anti Ethiopian government protests and change.
The translated propaganda clips suggested a link between the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Egyptian securities for the current protests in Oromo region of Ethiopia. However, the so called OLF is currently no existant after it was fractured into various groups several years ago. The current protest in Ethiopia’s Oromo and Amhara regions are mainly locally organised people’s uprising; the Diaspora Oromo groups supporting the uprising do not have any political links but ideological with OLF or its ex-leaders.
The Ethiopian regime has first blamed extremist groups and the corruption of mid ranking OPDO (part of the governing TPLF/EPRDF coalition) for the protests. It then started blaming the Eritrean government for the protests. Early in September 2016, the TPLF/EPRDF government senior committee met for two weeks and decided not to blame any external body for the instability in the country but to look inside its own administration and conduct an “in-depth rehabilitation.” Yet, the post Irrecha Massacre and the reaction of the Oromo protesters this week, forced TPLF to shift the blame and find a new scapegoat, Egypt, which it says is “supporting the Oromo protest in Ethiopia to disrupt the construction of the Great Renaissance Ethiopian Dam.”
Who is the next scapegoat when the protest nationally reaches its peak?