Ethiopia: Opposition group Tinsae Ethiopia took responsible for cut down electric power cables

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Bloomberg: Ethiopian political activists opposed to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s rule said they sabotaged power lines in the west of the country as part of a campaign against the government.

The Tinsae Ethiopian Patriots Union said it cut electricity cables in Awi Zone on May 20, causing outages in towns including Asosa, 477 kilometers (296 miles) west of Addis Ababa, and Metekel, 400 northwest of the capital. Power still hasn’t been restored in some parts of the region, it said in an e-mailed statement today. The group posted pictures on its website that it said showed the damaged cables.

“They must be joking,” Communications Minister Bereket Simon said a phone interview. “There were problems with power supply, but it’s not related to sabotage,” he said, adding that he had only previously heard of Tinsae on “some foreign blogs.”

Tinsae said it and other groups are planning a campaign of “peaceful civil resistance” to bring about “multiparty Western- style democracy where government exists to serve the people” in Ethiopia. A Facebook group calling for protests on May 28 against the rule of Meles’s Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front said 3,112 people had confirmed they would attend. The date is the 20th anniversary of when rebels marched into Addis Ababa to remove Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Marxist military junta from power.Tinsae Ethiopia cut electric power cables


Tinsae says it is composed of members of the now defunct Coalition for Unity and Democracy that led street protests after a disputed 2005 election resulting in a crackdown by security forces that left 193 people dead.

In March, the group said it distributed pamphlets in three of the major Ethiopian languages calling for protests this month. At the time, the group also appealed to the country’s armed forces to support its campaign.

The EPRDF won more than 99 percent of 547 parliamentary seats in May 2010 elections that European Union observers said failed to meet certain “international commitments.”

Ethiopia’s economy has grown by an average of 11 percent for the last 7 years, International Monetary Fund data shows. The country ranks 157th out of 169 countries ranked in the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, which measures life expectancy, education and living standards.

To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa via Nairobi at

From Tinsae Ethiopia website

ከትላንት ሌሊት ጀምሮ በአብዛኛው የምዕራብ ኢትዮጵያ ከተሞች፥ በተለየም አሶሳ፥ መተከልና በአዊ ዞን አካባቢ ያሉ ቦታዎች ሁሉ ስልክና መብራት ተቋርጧል። አምቦና ነቀምቴ መብራት አልፎ አልፎ በመስራት ላይ የገኛል፥ ግን የሞባይልና የቤት ስልኮቹ ሁሉ አግልግሎት አቁመዋል።

መብራት የጠፋው የትንሳኤ ኢትዮጵያ አርበኞች ህብረት አባላትና የወጣቶች ቡድኖች በአካባቢው ያለውን የኤሌትሪክ መስመር ከበጠሱ በኋላ እንደሆነ በአዲስ አበባ የድርጅቱ ቃል አቀባይ ለዚህ ድህረገጽ አሳውቋል።

መብራት ማቋረጥ የወያኔን አገዛዝ ለማስወገድ ትንሳኤ ኢትዮጵያ ከሚጠቀምባቸው የህዝባዊ እምቢተኝንት (civil resistance) ዘዴዎች አንዱ ነው።

ትንሳኤ ኢትዮጵያ ከሌሎች ጸረ-ወያኔ ድርጅቶች ጋር በመተባበር ተመሳሳይ እንቅስቃሴዎችን አጠናክሮ ይቀጥላ።

የወያኔ የግፍ አገዛዝ በቃ!
ድል ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ!

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bahirdar June 2, 2011 - 9:22 am

You bulls you are trying to play a game on the national interest of ethiopia and ethiopians.We Ethiopians elect the party that shows its resultful effort and solutions to the country.We are very much satisfied with the activities and performance of the government.We are human beings we can see,touch,hear,view ,and analyse.we are not dead materials who want to be governed by some fullish illitrates.You know more than any think any body toparticipate healthly in any political forum it must first give honor for countries national interest and citizens protection.You bulls , how ever ,are shouting us just destroying our assets.NONSES,Ediate,Messengers of shabia.Illitrate,beggars for power,selfishes…etc.You will not get power .die.die.die!die!
We ethiopians have very strong government commited to development.We willnot see any illitrates and messengers of shabia.We know your agents.Your illitrate agents are not secret to people.You will cost MORE!

Zinabu June 2, 2011 - 10:42 am

Yes these are very bulls.They are Really messengers of shabia.They were trying to obstacle awi,dangila,addisababa,harar,jimma,arbaminch …all ethiopia to disconnect power.look are these ethiopians? they were trying to accomplish their assisgnment given from isayas Afeworki.Nothing will happen in our country through your effort except our economic growth by our beloved government.Yes every body will make his or her endovour to seize upyour agents in every locality of our country.We the Awi dwellers stand against these messengers of shabia.we will cost you more than your life.


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