The leadership and members of the Arebgnoch Ginbot 7 Movement aka Ginbot 7, have decided to return back to Ethiopia and engage in peaceful political struggle after talks with the new Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed and team last week in Washington DC, USA.
Hence, the leaders of the Movement such as Prof. Berhanu Nega, Andargachew Tsige and others will return back to Ethiopia soon. The Movement has recently suspended its armed struggle after PM Abiy officially called for it to cease its armed struggle and return to peacefully struggle.
At the presser, they said convinced by the changes taking place in Ethiopia, they have decided to officially open their office in Addis Abeba and work from there but the future of the struggle is sure going to be “tiring and exhausting.”
Last Friday, the Mov’t met with PM Abiy and his team on current situations in the country and secondly, about how and when the Diaspora based leaders of Ginbot 7 will return back to Ethiopia.
The Mov’t has also changed its clandestine structure and all its leadership will be back in Ethiopia within the next one month.
Founded in 2008 by Andargachew Tsige and Berhanu Nega among other notable politicians, the Movement has been crowding the Ethiopian media airwaves and its members and alleged supporters have endured the most gruesome forms of torture and harassment in Ethiopian prisons.
As an exiled pro-democracy Mov’t with branches in Washington, Eritrea and Addis Abeba, the leadership led the party through difficulties after the EPRDF regime labelled it terrorist group in 2011.
Andargachew Tsige, Secretary General of the Ginbot 7 Movement and political activist, was kidnapped by Yemeni securities and Ethiopian from Sanaa International Airport while he was waiting in transit and was given to Ethiopian regime on June 23, 2014. He was released at the end of May 2018 as soon as the new Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed came to power. Most of the supporters and alleged supporters of the Movement were also released around the same time.
After the late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi announced April 2009 that it had foiled a coup attempt led by members of Ginbot 7 to overthrow the government, several government officials especially from the army were detained and tortured, the leadership of Ginbot 7 were also sentenced to death and life time imprisonment in absentia.
PM Abiy in his US tour since last week has been telling the public that his ultimate goal as a politician is conducting a free and fair election. The next election is due in 2020.
Several Ethiopian activists, writers and politicians including our colleagues have been jailed or sentenced in absentia for alleged links to Ginbot 7 in the past nine years. Now that Ginbot 7 has been removed from the government’s terror list and that its leadership are soon going back to Ethiopia for due, it is expected that many of the Movement’s supporters or those who fear repercussions for alleged links with Ginbot 7, are also going to return back to Ethiopia in droves.