Rebels combating Ethiopia’s Government have performed down stories that they’d face a hostile inhabitants or trigger a “bloodbath” in the event that they superior into Addis Ababa, at the same time as tens of 1000’s joined a pro-military rally within the capital on Sunday.
Fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and their allies have been locked in a year-long warfare with the federal government that has killed 1000’s and pushed many extra into determined circumstances within the huge east African nation.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, despatched troops into Tigray in November final 12 months to topple the TPLF, accusing them of attacking navy bases. But the TPLF and their allies have claimed a number of victories in current weeks, taking cities some 400 kilometres from the capital, and haven’t dominated out marching on Addis Ababa.
“The story that the population in Addis is vehemently opposed to us is absolutely overstated,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda advised AFP in an interview on Saturday evening.
“Addis is a melting pot. People with all kinds of interests live in Addis. The claim that Addis will turn into a bloodbath if we enter Addis is absolutely ridiculous.”
While the rebels would enter Addis Ababa to overthrow Mr. Abiy, he mentioned taking the capital was not “an objective”.
He additionally mentioned the TPLF, which dominated Ethiopia’s politics for practically 30 years till Mr. Abiy got here to energy in 2018, had no need to take again energy.