An Olympic Protest is the Least of TPLF’s Worries

Lilesa Olympic protest
Security services are killing demonstrators by the hundreds. But instead of restoring order, the government is tearing itself apart. The surging anti-Tigrayan sentiment among protesters, coupled with the fact that many seek regime change, suggests that TPLF leaders fearing for their survival will double down on their heavy-handed approach rather than risk opening the floodgates. (Image: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By William Davison | for Foreign Policy,

When Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa neared the finish line in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday and crossed his hands above his head, it wasn’t to celebrate the Olympic medal he was about to win. It was to protest his government’s violent crackdown on ethnic Oromos, who have died by the hundreds at the hands of Ethiopian security forces in recent months.

“The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe,” Lilesa said later at a news conference. “My relatives are in prison, and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed.”

Lilesa’s statement, which was applauded widely in activist circles online, was true: Ethiopian security services have, for months, been running roughshod over protesters. But the analysis was also incomplete. The Ethiopian government, an important U.S. ally, is far more fragile than the ongoing crackdowns suggest. Indeed, the crackdowns themselves are exposing ethnic fault lines in the ruling coalition that could ultimately bring it down.

Since November 2015, Africa’s second-most populous nation has been buffeted by an unprecedented wave of protests. They began as a rebuke of the government’s plan to integrate the development of the capital, Addis Ababa, with parts of the surrounding Oromia region. But they have since spread to the neighboring Amhara region, highlighting a range of grievances, including ethnic marginalization and dictatorial rule.

The government has responded with deadly force, killing as many as 500 demonstrators in the past 10 months, according to rights groups. But even before Lilesa’s brave show of solidarity at the finish line the demonstrations appeared to be gathering steam. They also seem to be taking on a worrying ethnic tinge.

ilesa-xBoth trends were on display on Aug. 7, when the normally placid, palm-lined city of Bahir Dar in northern Ethiopia became the scene of unspeakable horror. A peaceful anti-government demonstration there turned violent after a security guard at a government building opened fire on the crowds, provoking an angry backlash from protesters, according to witnesses. Security forces then gunned down dozens of demonstrators, killing at least 30.

“I’m just speechless to express it. It’s horrible.

The Agazi soldiers, they are just wild beasts. They killed our brothers, our sisters, without any mercy,” said Tsedale Akale, a 28-year-old demonstrator, referring to members of an elite military commando unit that the government has regularly deployed to quash protests and restore order in recent months.

A spokesman for the regional government in Bahir Dar, Nigusu Tilahun, said the response was justified. “When there is looting, when things go out of order, when people throw stones and try to take over the gun from the military and the police, then the police has to protect,” he said.

The Agazi unit, which activists hold responsible for the killings in Bahir Dar, is seen by many Ethiopians as a tool of the Tigrayan ethnic group. Tigrayans make up about 6 percent of the population, but they have played a prominent role in government, and especially the security services, since the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led a rebel alliance that overthrew the communist-backed military regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991. (Oromos account for 34 percent of the population and Amharas account for 27 percent, but neither ethnic group is seen to rival the Tigrayans’ influence in government.)

For decades, members of the opposition and international donors have been urging the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition of four regional parties founded by the TPLF, to make the system more democratic and ethnically inclusive. Instead, it has politicized state institutions, jailed opponents, shot protesters, forced critical journalists into exile, and passed repressive legislation that has muted civil society.

agaziThe result has been overwhelming electoral dominance for the EPRDF — in last year’s parliamentary elections, the coalition and its allies won every single seat (100%) — enabling it to use the state’s muscle to strong-arm a traditionally agrarian society into becoming an industrialized nation. Its record has been impressive from a purely development perspective: It has built much-needed infrastructure and dramatically improved public services.

Presiding over the coalition and government is Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who assumed power when Meles Zenawi, the influential Tigrayan rebel-leader-turned-strongman, passed away in 2012. Hailemariam, who hails from a southern ethnic group, is seen as an able technocrat and a neutral political figure capable of balancing the nation’s fragile ethnic politics.

Yet the EPRDF has also sowed the seeds of the current unrest by suffocating the opposition and doing little to address perceived ethnic marginalization. In Oromia and Amhara, the two regions at the heart of current protests, anti-Tigrayan sentiment has festered for decades among those who believe the group controls the repressive government. Now it has burst into the open amid growing ethnic nationalism.

One of the chief demands of the protesters in Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara region, is the return of an area of Amhara that was incorporated into Tigray in the 1995 constitution that divided the country into ethnically defined administrative units. The TPLF claims that residents of the Wolkait district, as the area is known, are almost all Tigrayan; some ethnic Amhara protesters say the ruling coalition manipulated the census that preceded the 1995 constitution. (Amhara groups dominated Ethiopia for centuries before 1991.)

Before the Aug. 7 violence, the Amhara region saw a large peaceful demonstration in Gondar city on July 31 — a contrast with the increasingly violent unrest in Oromia. But earlier this month, angry crowds of demonstrators attacked Tigrayan-owned businesses and, in some cases, told ethnic Tigrayans to leave the region after checking their identity cards, according to two witnesses. There were also unconfirmed reports of targeted killings of Tigrayans and a mass evacuation of Tigrayans from the city.

TPLF supporters have accused Amhara officials who are EPRDF members of supporting the protests, raising the prospect of a major schism within the ruling coalition. (The Amhara are currently represented within the EPRDF by the Amhara National Democratic Movement, but an escalation of violence could cause the coalition to come unglued.) The dispute over the Wolkait district is especially dangerous for the government, according Harry Verhoeven, who teaches African politics at the Qatar branch of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, because it reinforces the view that Tigrayans have rigged the federal system. “When you have perception that northern part of Amhara is essentially annexed by Tigray it is quite explosive,” he said.

A similar dynamic is in play in the central Oromia region, which surrounds Addis Ababa, where as many as 86 demonstrators were killed by security forces the day before the Bahir Dar protests. At the root of the Oromos’ grievances is the desire for greater autonomy after centuries of exploitation by northern rulers and feudal landowners. The region is represented within the ruling EPRDF by the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization, a party that activists accuse of being little more than a corrupt clique of Oromo politicians who are subservient to the TPLF. They point to the thousands of Oromo farmers who have been evicted from their land in recent years to make room for developers with links to ruling elites.

The stability of the EPRDF — and of the nation — will turn on the coalition’s response to a protest movement that shows little sign of abating. Of increasing concern for the EPRDF is the fact that protesters in Amhara have displayed newfound solidarity with their Oromo compatriots, while the two major exiled political parties drawn from those communities have formed an alliance.

The EPRDF has spent decades amassing the unrestrained power to implement its statist development strategy. Even if they are of a mind to compromise, Hailemariam and other EPRDF leaders may find it difficult to pacify the demonstrators while opening up political space for the opposition. The surging anti-Tigrayan sentiment among protesters, coupled with the fact that many seek regime change, suggests that EPRDF leaders fearing for their survival will double down on their heavy-handed approach rather than risk opening the floodgates. To the extent that they attempt to defuse the situation, they are likely to focus on job creation, improving public services, and rooting out corruption.

“Political liberalization comes with some risk for those that benefit from the current political monopoly, but it is necessary for Ethiopia’s stability going forward,” said Michael Woldemariam, an assistant professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. “But I can’t say that I am seeing compelling evidence of the government moving in that direction.”

54 thoughts on “An Olympic Protest is the Least of TPLF’s Worries

    1. I couldn’t believe this, Ethiopian minority government trying to deny they have never received enough foreign Aid in the last 25 years, according to their claims, they said our economy is growing without out enough foreign Aid help. Whom do they are fooling surely not foreign countries nor do the Oromo’s or the Amahra’s who are protesting every day, surely according to Ethiopian minority government TV desperate attempt to say in power, by telling they are doing their best, which is killing of over 600 people on 2005 so called election, after 60,000 arrests, then 2010 and 2015 so called election claiming of wining 100% of the vote with a barl of a gun and the genocide of thousands Ogaden’s, Gamble’s. Selling Ethiopian farm land to the Arabs and the Indians. And last but least, since November the killing hundreds Oromo’s and Amhar’s.

  1. VOA – ዶ/ር ኣረጋዊ በርሀ ዝርከቡዎም ኣብ ወፃኢ ዓዲ ዝነብሩ 16 ተጋሩ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ተወጊዱ ካብ ኩሎም ፖለቲካዊ ሓይልታትን ግዱሳት ዜጋታትን ተኣኻኺቦም መሰጋገሪ መንግስቲ ከጣይሹ ኣለዎም ኢሎም።

    ዶ/ር ኣረጋዊ በርሀ ንቪኦኤ ኣብዝሃብዎ መብርሂ ን25 ዓመታት ኣብ ስልጣን ዝርከብ መንግስቲ ንህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ስለዘሳቐየ ብህዝባዊ ዓመፅ ክውገድ ኣለዎ ኢሎም።

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    1. Too Little too Late !!!
      Woyane will be removed from power and put in to Ethiopian Recycling Bin!
      Then the Transitional Government will be decided by the majority of Ethiopians and as such the people of Tigray will get their fair share of 6% vote.

  2. VOA – ሓደ ላዕላዋይ በዓል ስልጣን ኣመሪካ፡ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዝውሰድ ናይ ሓይሊ ስጉምቲ ፍታሕ ከምጽእ ኣይክእልን ይብል

    ኣብ`ዚ እዋን`ዚ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ንዝርአ ዘሎ ናይ ተቓውሞ ሰልፍታት ንምዕጋት መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ዝወስዶ ዘሎ
    ናይ ሓይሊ ስጉምቲ ንጸገማት ክፈትሕ ከምዘይክእል ኣብ ምምሕዳር ኦባማ ላዕለዋይ በዓል-ስልጣን ጉዳይ ዲምክራስን
    ሰብኣዊ መሰላትን ቶም ማሊኖውስኪ ኣፍሊጦም።

    ዋሽንግተን — ሓይልታት መንግስቲ ዓቐኑ ዝሓለፈ ሓይሊ ብምጥቃም ብርክት ዝበሉ ሰባት ከምዝቐተሉን ብዙሓት ከምዘቑሰሉን ብኣሸሓት ዝቑጸሩ ምእሳሮም ቀጺሎም ከምዘለዉ`ውን ጠቒሶም።

    መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ዝሃቦ ምላሽ፡ እቶም ሰልፍታት ሰላማዊ ኣይነበሩን፡ ብናይ ውሽጥን ወጻእን ሓይልታት ዝዝወሩን`ዮም፡ ሓይሊ ጸጥታ`ውን ካብ ሕጊ ወጻኢ ዝወሰዶ ስጉምቲ የለን ኢሉ`ሎ።

    ምኽትል ሚንስትር ወጻኢ ኣመሪካ ንጉዳይ ዲሞክራስን ሰብኣዊ መሰላትን ቶም ማሊኖውስኪ፡ ብኣሸሓት ዝቑጸሩ ሰባት
    ኣብ ዝተፈላለዩ ቦታታትን ክልላትን ሰልፊ ክወጹ ኸለዉ “ናይ ወጻኢ ሓይልታት ስራሕ`ዩ” ኢልካ ምንእኣስ
    ኣይክኣልን`ዩ ኢሎም።

    ኽልቲኡ መግለጽታት ዘጠቓለለ ጸብጻብ ኣብ`ዚ ምስማዕ ይክኣል።

  3. Representative Mike Coffman condemns the regime in Ethiopia

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman currently serving the 6th District of Colorado condemns the regime in Ethiopia and calls on the U.S. government to stop providing aid to the regime. Rep. Mike Coffman told the Ethiopian crowd in Colorado “Make no mistake, we will win this fight”.

      1. I know. Why are they smiling? Oromos are being slaughtered in Ethiopia. People are dying over there. TPLF’s brutality is making life difficult for everyone except Tigray people.

  4. May God bring peace to all haters. Some of these articles are written just to feed haters of Ethiopia or Mr. Davidson has some deadline to meet. It would have been a little wise to at least consider interviewing few ofticals before posting but we will take the good with bad. Abay is a game changer and our enemies know we will never stop until we secure Ethiopia’s future and leave something for them. All the barking from diaspora will only amount to healines in the news but we have 8 months left. We will see you at the finishing line.

    1. Ayte setiko,
      Don’t procrastinate to act !!!
      Although you may think I do not care of sentiko, at a minimum, you being a member of TN, I do care a bit and I hope in this difficult times of yours, you take the time to see a (non-Woyane) Doctor for a physical check-up. Knowing you over the years in online discussions, you’re likely to brag having more Heart than your fellow East Africans, but since all your Hearts are connected in a series, when shit hit the fun, you may end up not being able to write comments anymore, at your favorite Eritrean

    2. Be careful what you wish for others, you just might get it to yourself …

      “We do not deserve the [Sudan-Eritrea-Ethiopia] that we now have, and I do not think the Eritrean people deserve the Eritrea that they now have. And I do not think Eritreans deserve a Somalia in Eritrea, and I do not think we deserve a Somalia in Eritrea. So it is not in Ethiopia’s interest. In fact, the self-interest of Ethiopia is in seeking that Eritrea does not become another Somalia. One Somalia in the region is one too many. And it is not a theoretical issue, it is a practical issue. We know what a failed state in Somalia means to Ethiopia. It means a nightmare. Why would we want to have another nightmare in north?”

      – Ayte Meles (2008)

      1. Why do we support the Ethiopian opposition? …. in the interest of peace of Eritrea.

        “Our interest in Eritrea as state is to have peaceful coexistence with Eritrea. The current Eritrean government does not want to give us peace. We believe the Eritrean people want peace. We believe these opposition groups give the Eritrean people the space to make decisions, and we will have sustainable peace with Eritrea. So it is in the interest of peace of Ethiopia that we support the [Eritrean] opposition.

        – Ayte Meles (2008)

        1. Is this dispatches from the under ground or notes from the under ground? I take it the later for the lil’ midget had been buried under for a good four years now. And I am sure his tribal apartheid federation will follow suit soon. Feyissa has lite the torch and the flames are going to consume the TPLF junta and it’s blind subjects.

    3. Your murdering and slaughtering days are soon over, wedi-shermuta. And you dare blaspheme by mentioning God. You’re a piece of sh**

    4. All the false negative image TPLF was parroting to the international media about Eritrea is coming back to bite TPLF in the butt. Now all we see is negative but very true image of the murderous TPLF minority regime in international media outlets. A leopard (TPLF) may hide & not be seen for a long time. But once the leopard(TPLF) is spotted, no matter how much it tries it can not change it’s stripes. TPLF you have been exposed & soon you will be disposed.

    5. What would GERD do? Bring billions to TPLF? You are as per usual twisting the issue….you think the completion of the dam will address the grievances of millions of Ethiopians? You are a jock..

      Instead why don’t you advise your government to listen to the people and start adressing problems…..damn man you are too ignorant.

  5. እዚ እዚ ሐደ ዘይተምሃረ ጋሳ እግሪ ምበር ርእሲ ዘይፈጠረሉ ካብ ክብሪ ሃገሩን ስድራኡን ንሃብት ውልቃዊ ረብሓን ዝተንበርከከ ናይ መፃኢ ዕድሉ አብ ሐደጋ ዘውደቀ ርካሽ ፍጡር እዩ….እታ ሃገር አሽሓት ተካእቲ ስለዘለው ናይዚ ፀቢብ ክህደት ምንም ዘምፅኦ ነገር የለን

      1. ሳይጠሩት አቤት ሳይልኩት ወዴት
        እንታይ ገደሰካ ዘይምልከተካ ጉዳይ
        ዘይጣጣካ በሉዎ

    1. Till today, ethiopians, have amassed ~ $114,000 for the guy. This without putting his talents into consideration. So no worries, about his future. You might kill his family, as he fears but that’s how far you can go with him. Your days, on the other hand, are truly numbered. Nab leqotakha ktmles ikha, drbay agame.

  6. The two stories that emerged from Rio Olympics were Robel the Whale (son of Weyane) and Oromo Lilesa Feysa ( victim of Weyane).

  7. Tigrayans have to accept they’re minorities so they should pass the leadership to the Oromos since they have been ruling Ethiopia for almost 30 years, this itself is great well done.

    The people of Tigray should be proud of themselves for the great achievement they brought to Ethiopia, Addis Ababa doesn’t look like an African city but a European City, so the TPLF should leave power with their heads high because they truly brought a new Ethiopia a new different kind of Ethiopia never been seen before, so it’s better to pass this new Ethiopia to the Oromos rather then the Amharas.

    I believe TPLF leaving power will bring better stability in Ethiopia, so lets hope TPLF doesn’t follow the Assad to fight another day.

    1. > How do you come with 30 years? It is 25 years (2016-1991).
      > Ethiopia is still begging and you call that “achievement”? The idiotic, greedy and insensitive TPLF managed to sow hatred of the Tigrayans among the Oromo and Amhara people. It will take at least two generations to have this corrected.
      > And you think the Amhara ethnic group will allow the Oromo to repeat the silly mistakes of the TPLF? You are dreaming.

  8. This tottering young man bravely deflected all the burst of noise and the dazzling glare of camera flashes back to his homeland, where a gun-toting minority regime is brutally massacring his people.

    Crossed in the air, his exhausted-young-arms turned into a sturdy bridged between #Rio2016 and #OromoProtests

    By far, the most purposeful victory in Rio De Janeiro. (Courtesy of Kurubel Mobae)

  9. These are not real Ethiopians.But it is good for the guy.he will get refugee status now.We all lie to get asylum.the difference is that he is doing it publicly.They settled in Ethiopia and multiplied them selves like Rabbits.

    1. You’re right he is Oromo you’re Agame and the rest of them are Amhara there is no such thing Ethiopia slowly but surely Tegaru are losing their mind.


    ማለሊት፡ ንኤርትራ ዝጸመቝኪዮ ዕረ
    መሪሩኪ ሓቅነት ምስ ሰዓረ
    ስተይዮ’ምበር ናበይ ድሕር ድሕረ
    ወሓጥዮ’ምበር ኣበይ ድሕር ድሕረ።

    ብናይ ደርቂ ሰበብ ናይ ትኳቦ እንጌራ
    ምጽዋት እናበልዐት ኣንዊሓቶ ‘ጽፋራ
    ሰማይ ንኽትንሕፍጥ ትመጣጠር ጭፍራ
    ካብ ግሎብ ወጻኢ ኣብ ህዋሁ ዕንደራ
    ካብ ፍርዲቤት ዓለም ክትሃድም ባህሪራ
    ዕሽነት ናይ ደርሆስ ንዕቀት ንኣሞራ።

    ማለሊት፡ ንኤርትራ ዝጸመቝኩሞ ዕረ …
    ብትምክሕትን ብድዐን ብትዕቢት ሰኺራ
    ጠሓርኩኹም በለት ዘራያት ጨሚራ
    ሳሬት ሓኒቓቶ ንሕንጊድ ኣሲራ
    ንህቢ ከንቢሉዎ ንፈርጣዕ ዕንዝራ
    ‘ዞም ብዙሓት ኣትማን ኣቃጸሎም ኮብራ
    ሃላይ ‘ዩ ዝንዕቆ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ።

    መጸኩም ኮብራ
    ይከኣሎ ኣውራ
    በሊሕ ጭማራ
    ዋርሳይ ጎመራ!
    ማለሊት፡ ንኤርትራ ዝጸመቝኪዮ ዕረ …

    ምድሪ ‘ንተቀጥቀጠ እንተተናወጸ
    ካብ ሓርማዝ ዝገዝፍ ዳይናሶር ‘ተመጸ
    ኣሎ ጅግና ህዝቢ ጽኑዕ ዝረገጸ
    ዋልታ ሓድነትና ዘይስበር ዘይቝጸ
    ኣሎ ይከኣሎ-ዋርሳይ እምባ ዝፈለጸ
    እሳተ ጎመራ ካብ ኣኽራን ዝወጸ።

    (Courtesy of Elias Amare)

  11. “Ethiopia faces a choice. The violence will either continue to escalate, turn into ethnic cleansing and a state collapse, or, if they change their constitution and retreat from Badme, there is a chance they can avoid disaster.”

    – General Sebhat Efrem (April 2006)

    1. “A minority is trying to rule a majority and to succeed, they chose war. That’s their only chance to keep the nation together and divert attention from the real problems.”

      Gen. Sebhat Efrem’s analysis also leads him to believe that there’s a big risk of future wars, and that he’s troubled by what he hears from the other side of the border.

      “The Ethiopian state is tearing at the seams and we know how a state like that collapses; In the hands of those where the final decision rests, isn’t the rebellious strength but the weakness of those in power. Insurgents used to be a figment of imagination they frightened the citizens with, but now they are a reality. They have created a Frankenstein’s monster.”

      1. “Their ethno political culture is a time bomb, which will explode and then Ethiopia will vanish in its wake. Their entire huge army will fall apart without us having to fire a single gun,” he says confidentially.

        He says that during the last war he already warned the Ethiopian regime about the risks of building a state where a minority of six percent, those from the Tigray region, would hold all the power positions . Eritrea chose a different path and disbanded the ethnically divided units already before their independence. He shows me a slide over Ethiopia with red arrows pointing away from the Amhara-, Afar-, Ogaden- and Oromo regions, and toward the capitol city.

        “This is the map of the state collapse, how armed rebel groups are sweeping in toward the epicenter from all geographic directions. It will be a catastrophe of biblical proportions.”

      2. The most pressing issue is the protests by the Oromo people. During this year alone, Ethiopian security forces have shot 120 civilian protesters to death.

        “They are looking for revenge because they’ve been treated like secondary citizens for too long. They make up a majority of the population and is a power that could eradicate everything,” Sebhat Efrem says.

        Unless the constitution is changed, he believes the state apparatus will lose its legitimacy within a few years.

        “The army consists to 60 percent of people from the Oromo region, so when the politicians play the ethnicity card, it’ll be like pouring gasoline on the fire.”

        READ MORE on this and other from Swedish journalist Martin Schibbye HERE —->>>>>

        1. By far better presentation of one’s experience in Eritrea. The journalist seems to have done his homework not to be a victim of the cut-and-paste reports that are way too common now a days. I also think it’s an opportunity for our neighbors to the south to take what General Sibhat is saying seriously: change your sham constitution, vacate from Eritrean territory, so that you may have peace and a country that you can call Ethiopia as we know it today.

      3. The only thing Sebhat Efrem and his cliques achieved is destroying the Eritrean people and enciting ethinc violence in Ethiopia as mercenaries of Egypt.I saw the video clip saying Ato Sebhat Efrem to his sewedish Eritrean audiences”Ethiopia will go down,will be fragmented”.if i were in their place i fight for strong Ethiopia because i know who i am (as Eritrean High-Lander),where i come from,who my people are ,where my roots is.What have the Eritrean people gained from the so-called freedom,under shaebia ?nothing.It turned out to be worse than slavery.The High -lander-Kebessa-leaders in Shaebia are useless not have a say.It is the guys from Semhar region have a say where Eritrea has to go to.It is not the will of the Kebessa people where Eritrea is going now to (Arabs).Isayas Afewerki and his cliques are not ashamed to take Eritrea and the region down with them.Ato Sebhat Efrem your wish is not going to be realized i fear because Ethiopians are not foolish as you may think to kill each other for the cause of Egypt and Co to control the Abay and Arabize the region.What the Leader shaebia did with the blood of Eritreans.You decieved the Eritrean people.You make them believe they were fighting for freedom.As it has become crystal cear now that was not the case.

  12. መሓዛ (Ally)

    ልኡኽ ባዕዲ ዘይፈልጣ ንነብሱ
    ጸረ-ሰላም መሓጐስ ለኣኽቱ
    መሓዛና (Ally) ይብልዎ ከቕስንዎ ውሽጡ
    ቀለብ ይጽዕኑሉ ከገልግል ሰሊጡ


    በየናይ ትሕዝቶ በየናይ ኦኮኖሚ
    በየናይ ዓቕሚ በየናይ መዐቀኒ
    መሓዛ ሓያላን እንዳለመነ መግቢ?

    ስሙ ይድርዑ ይብልዎ ገስጋሲ
    ናይ ለውጢ ሃወርያ ኣብ ኣፍሪቃ ቀርኒ
    ወያነ ይዕንድር መሲልዎ ሓቂ

    ይብልዎ መሓዛ ነቲ ዝለኣኾም
    ይብልዎ ዲክታተር ነቲ ዝምክቶም
    ሲጊንጢር መግለጺ ዘይስማዕ ዘይቁቡል

    ኣብ ሓይሊ ሓያላን ውሽጢ ተሸጒጥካ
    ንሕግን ውሳኔን ፍጹም ዕሽሽ ኢልካ
    ብዓሌት ብቛንቋ ህዝቢ ከፋፊልካ
    ኣድልዎን ዓመጽን እንዳኣተባባዕካ
    ኣይቅጽልን ስልጣን ወይን ርእሲ ድኳ

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