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Mager News Update – Friday, August 26, 2022 (Nehase 20, 2014 EC)

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Mager News Update – Friday, August 26, 2022 (Nehase 20, 2014 EC)

Today’s Mager News Updates are as follows:

  • Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) expanding invasion on the Raya front (North Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia)
  • Leaders and members of Amhara Fano in Shewa walked out on official meeting in Debre Birhan city (North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia)
  • A call from the Amhara Association in New South Wales Australia
  • Second round of civil disobedience underway in Welkite town, Gurage Zone (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia)

TPLF is expanding its invasion on the Raya front (North Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia)

It has been three days since Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) opened its second round of war on the Amhara Region and it is expanding its invasion on the Raya front including around the Zobel, Rama and Shawey mountains according to sources on the ground that spoke to Mager Media.

Sources report that heavy artillery can be heard from Kobo town which is located close to the Rama and Shawey mountains where Amhara Fano, special forces, militias and defense forces are fighting intensely against TPLF’s invasion.

TPLF is attempting to invade into Amhara Region on the west side from Tekulesh and east of Kobo at three fronts from which sounds of mortars and sniper rifles can be heard.

Mager Media previously reported prior to the start of the intensified fighting TPLF had controlled Raya Alamata and Raya Bala which it used as a base to launch the present full scale war. 

Members and leaders of Amhara Fano in Shewa walked out from a meeting called by government officials in Debre Birhan city (North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia)

Leaders and members of Amhara Fano in Shewa walked out of a meeting called by city officials in Debre Birhan according to the Amhara Fano in Shewa public affairs officer who spoke to Mager Media.

Leaders and members of Amhara Fano in Shewa yesterday on Thursday, August 25, 2022 (Nehase 19, 2014 EC) walked out of a meeting in Debre Birhan city called by the local government administration saying they would not participate in any meetings so long as Amhara Fano leaders remain in jail.

The Amhara Fano in Shewa public affairs head told Mager Media, after they walked out of the meeting protests ensued in the city with messages saying:

  • Zemene Kasse is a messenger of the Amhara people,
  • while our brothers are detained we don’t want any recognition,
  • respect the law,
  • Fano leaders excused by the court must be freed immediately and
  • more than 12,000 Amhara Fano want freedom.

Amhara Fano in Shewa leader Fano Tadesse Fikre and 14 other Amhara Fano Amechach members were granted bail by the Amhara Region Supreme Court but despite the ruling to free them they have remained in jail in Sebatamit Prison.

Amhara Association of New South Wales Australia has issued a call 

The Amhara Association in New South Wales Australia celebrates the one year anniversary of its inception and is inviting Amharas who live in the area including in Sydney and surrounding area to attend a meeting.

The Amhara Association of New South Wales Australia’s chairperson Mr. Cheru Tessema spoke with Mager Media stating his organization would hold a meeting on Saturday, August 27th to discuss Amhara and Ethiopian matters and invites the Amhara community and others in concerned about matters in Ethiopia living in Sydney and surrounding area to attend.

The discussion will take place on Saturday, August 27 between 3-8 pm local time at Lidcombe Community Center, 3 Bridge Street (Lidcombe, New South Wales) according to the association’s chairperson.

A second round of civil disobedience has begun in Welkite town, Gurage Zone (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia) including closing all businesses and staying indoors

A second round of civil disobedience is underway in Welkite town, the capital of the Gurage Zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) associated with attaining regionhood or region status.

The day before yesterday the Command Post in the SNNPR issued a statement prohibiting the closing of commercial businesses and transportation services but despite this yesterday, banks, businesses and transportation services all stopped in Welkite town.

Yesterday, government workers, private institutions, and public transportation providers were among those who participated in the protest in Welkite town.

Yesterday, the Communications Office of the SNNPR Command Post in Welkite town issued a statement warning, “Decisive action will be taken against anyone who defies the Command Post’s orders“.

The first civil disobedience campaign in the town took place over two weeks ago. The protest called for August 9, 2022 (Nehase 3, 2014 EC) had seen all businesses stopped by residents.

The civil disobedience which was advertised across media platforms announced it would last two days (including today).

The cause of the campaign was the proposal by the Prosperity Party for the Gurage Zone to be restructured in the form of a cluster region with four neighboring zones and one special woreda. The proposal encountered fierce resistance from Gurage politicians and activists. The Gurage Zone Council over two weeks ago on August 11, 2022 (Nehase 5, 2014 EC) held an emergency assembly in which the majority voted and rejected the idea of the cluster arrangement.

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