The Ethiopian government has warned the United States against “spreading false information” as fighting in the year-long war in the country draws closer to the capital, Addis Ababa, as thousands of people have demonstrated in front of the American and British embassies.
NAIROBI, Kenya – The Ethiopian government on Thursday warned the United States against “spreading false information” as fighting in the year-long war in the country draws closer to the capital, Addis Ababa, while that thousands of people demonstrated in front of the American and British embassies.
Ethiopia’s war is not only against the forces of the Tigray region, “but also against the colonialism of powerful Western states,” government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who announced this week he would go to the front lines to lead the army, once called the conflict a “law enforcement operation” against the long-standing Tigray rulers. dominated the national government before a political fallout.
Now he calls it an “existential war” and calls on his fellow Africans to support him in a fight against Western intervention.
“I am here to protest against the foreign atrocities that have been planned to dismantle the sovereignty of Ethiopia,” said one of the protesters on Thursday, Worku Taddesse.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict that erupted in November 2020, and nearly half a million people in Tigray face starvation under a government blockade lasting several months. Tigray forces say they are pressuring Abiy’s government to lift the blockade, but also want the prime minister to step down.
Earlier this year, the Ethiopian government designated Tigray forces as a terrorist group, further complicating US and African Union mediation efforts for a ceasefire.