Debretsion: Tegaru want to secede from Ethiopia

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“TPLF agents were accused of spying on Asmara, Eritrea.”
– “Tegaru feel they are hopeless.”

15 June 2019 – (EP) Ayte Debretsion Gebremichael, the Chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said to The Reporter that if the Ethiopian government continues with its reform, “there is no reason for us [Tigray] to continue working with such kind of government unless otherwise they [Abiy’s Administration] fix the problem. Not only that, this will have a grave consequence and the country will dismantle.”

When asked by The Reporter journalist Samuel Getachew if Tigrayans want to secede from Ethiopia, the TPLF leader simply answered, “yes, there is a growing feeling among the public. We are telling them to be patient. However, the pressure from the public is different.”

He added, “people even tell me that I shouldn’t go for meetings to Addis Ababa. They feel hopeless and are saying that we should secede from Ethiopia.”

When he was asked why is the Tigray government refusing to hand over the former spy chief Getachew Assefa, Ayte Debretsion said, “I personally believe that accusations against him are false or fabricated. However, I am not saying that there were no mistakes. However, we have seen former spy agents who are now arrested. In some cases, some of those agents were accused of spying on Asmara, Eritrea, which is unacceptable.”

“Not only Getachew but when it comes to others there is nothing that these people acted upon without the consent or knowledge of the then Prime Minister [Hailemariam Desalegn] even when it comes to gathering intelligence. So you can’t just arrest Getachew only. If there is anything Getachew is suspected of, the then Prime Minister has to be held accountable. If you are only going to arrest Getachew, it will be politics not about holding people accountable.”

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