Ethiopia to the United States: Stop spreading “false information” about the war

The Ethiopian government warned the United States not to “spread false information” because the country’s year-long war has approached the capital Addis Ababa, and thousands of people protested outside the US and British embassies

Nairobi, Kenya – The Ethiopian government warned the United States on Thursday not to “spread false information” because the country’s year-long war has approached the capital Addis Ababa and thousands of people protested outside the US and British embassies.

Kebede Desisa, spokesperson for the Ethiopian government, said that the Ethiopian war was not only directed against the army in the country’s Tigray region, but also against the colonialism of the Western powers.

Prime Minister Abi Ahmed, who announced this week that he would go to the front to command the army, once described the conflict as a “law enforcement action” against the Tigray leader who had long dominated the national government before the political dispute.

He now calls it a “survival war” and calls on fellow Africans to support the struggle against Western intervention.

“I am here to protest foreign atrocities, which are planned to destroy Ethiopia’s sovereignty,” said Worku Taddesse, one of the protesters on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of people were killed in the conflict that broke out in November 2020. Under the months-long government blockade, nearly half a million people in Tigray faced famine. The Tigray forces stated that they are pressing the Abi government to lift the blockade, but also hope that the prime minister will step down.

Earlier this year, the Ethiopian government designated Tigray forces as a terrorist organization, which further intensified the mediation efforts of the United States and the African Union to achieve a ceasefire.

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