The 40th Anniversary of the Foundation of the TPLF and the Struggle Against the Military Dictatorship

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Today (February 18) marks the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The occasion, being celebrated in the Stadium at Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Regional State, is attended by President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, as well as a number of regional leaders including Sudanese President, Omer Al-Bashir, Rwandan president Paul Kagame , Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed of Djibouti, Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Representatives of the European Union, China and South Korea are also present.

On Monday, Prime Minister Hailemariam, President Al-Bashir and senior government officials laid wreaths in the newly designated martyr cemetery in the compound of the Martyrs’ Monument. This followed a procession to honor all those who died during the fight against the military dictatorship of the Derg and the reburial of 40 former TPLF fighters, representing all those who died in the seventeen year struggle.

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