Following today’s grenade attack that occurred during a historic peaceful rally held to support the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, many Ethiopian activists are accusing the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, for not trying to forgive senior officials of the TPLF/EPRDF regime that have been committing human rights abuses and corruption.
The activists today said that the main challenge to the new Prime Minister comes from the old guard of the TPLF/EPRDF, who have committed massive human rights abuses and are involved in corrupt practices.
All TPLF members and supporters should immediately be disarmed and suspended from any security related responsibility.
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On a discussion on ESAT TV, analyst Ermias Legesse said that the first act of Abiy should be getting these known people of the TPLF/EPRDF under custody right now rather than see them cause nationwide bloodletting.
Even in the most strictest restorative justice scenario, the activists are arguing, forgiveness and reconciliation happen only after perpetrators of crime have been apprehended, appeared before justice and finally repent.
Major Ethiopian opposition forces, rebel groups and the Eritrean government have already showed support to the new reformist PM. The only member of the EPRDF that opposed the new PM’s reforms and protested him is the TPLF wing of the EPRDF, which recently called for immediate meeting of the EPRDF.
On various discussion chat rooms also Ethiopians are calling the Prime Minister to take immediate measures on key officials of the TPLF/EPRDF regime, who have been committing terror on Ethiopians including planting of bombs to accuse Ethiopian opposition forces in the past, which was even revealed in recent Wikileaks reports.
The perpetrators of today’s attack are in police custody and investigations are underway.
Around 100 have so far been injured and 15 critical, according to Addis Abeba Police Commission Head, Girma Kassa.
Abiy in a Live TV address after the incident said the attack was “calculated and executed by people who used their professions” and the victims paid sacrifices for Ethiopia’s love, unity and peace.