One is entitled to believe the course of action the TDF is taking is not optimal. If that is the case, however, one ought to present an alternative.
Federal institutions like Ethio-telecom, Ethiopia Electric Power and Utility, banks, Human Rights Commission, Office of Ombudsman, Ethiopia Revenue and Customs Authority and four federally administered universities employ around 29,000 people in Tigray. Mekelle University alone has more than ten thousand federal employees, including essential service providers at critical institutions such as Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Referral Hospital who have not been paid since June 2021. More than 130,000 civil servants in Tigray have not been paid for the months of June, July, and will go on three months without salaries if they are not paid their August wage.
Federal and Afar police started raiding their hotel rooms, beating them, confiscating their property and money and detaining them without any reason. Many eyewitnesses told Tghat police stormed into their rooms at 1 PM, while they were sleeping. They gathered them around Semera Stadium without food, shelter and water. Some 500 first detainees from them have been taken to SNNP concentration camps. Another 500 people are still inside what they have been told is a Red Cross Compound at the side of Semera Stadium.
Diredawa university has apparently called students to report in person while Tigrayan students are under communication blackout. Universities in Ethiopia have students from all regions as placement is decided by…