ENTC denounce the arrest of Ato Andargachew Tsege

July 3rd, 2014 Print Print Email Email

ENTC expresses its deep concern and outrage on the illegal detention of Mr Andargachew Tsege, Secretary of Ginbot 7 for Justice, Freedom and Democracy by the Yemeni security forces. It is clear that the criminal TPLF regime in Ethiopia is the mastermind of this arrest. The regime is continuously engaged in dismantling opposition groups by completely blocking their access to the people, imprisoning and harassing their leaders, weakening their capacity and cracking down on their supporters.

ENTC urges the government of Yemen to come to its senses and avoid leaving a permanent scar with the Ethiopian people by immediately releasing Mr Andargachew and not transfer him to the Ethiopian criminal regime. All Ethiopians must stand together in applying pressure for his release. Freedom loving Ethiopians should continue the struggle with this brutal regime with more resolve.


  1. Abebe G.
    | #1

    He was arrested not because he was a terrorist or involved in terrorist ethiopian group called (Ginbot ), but he was charged with public intoxication. the Yemen islamist law does not allow consumption of alchol in public places. according Yemen law such charge may bring up to eight years imprisonment.
    Beside Yemen just like sudan is trying to buy hydro power from Ethioppia and will do anything to get it.

  2. abadula
    | #2

    Yemeni officials are making a mistake. Please, keep on calling and demonstrating at Yemen embassies until they release Mr Tsige. This is not just about Andargachew Tsige, it is more about allowing tplf to intimidate us in diaspora by using Ethiopia’s natural resources as bribes to foreign govs. Land transfers, ceding territory, signing anti ethiopian trade deals, etc are some of the incentives tplf is using to fight back opposition in diaspora. This should rather make us fight back harder. Tplf has determined to destroy Ethiopia.

  3. Developement Without Freedom
    | #3

    Weyeyens cooperate with Yemen, Sudan, Kenya and Somalia not because they believe in good neighborly relations but mostly because they want to deny any place where people against them can organize themselves, like they did against the derg. They learned from derg mistake and do not want to repeat it. The arrest of Andargachew Tsige is the success of this policy.

  4. Developement Without Freedom
    | #4

    Weyenes must know arresting Andargachew Tsige will not stop the struggle of Ethiopians people for democracy.

  5. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #5

    This action by the Yemeni Government and it is all true that it is holding an Ethiopian opposition leader then this will set a precedent to what to follow. All other neighboring and those who are in league with the Ethiopian government will try to do the same just to kiss up to it. These are utter ruffians who rule over their fiefdoms in any which way as they like it and find it lucrative to their coffers. I would not be surprised if this man is already in the hands of the Ethiopian government. Looking at the history of these brutes back home, they have a well documented history in how to make people just disappear. Things seem to being played out already. The Sanaa Airport official is denying as having any knowledge of the arrest of this man. I hope my fear is all wrong.

    In the meantime, it is not a good idea for his organization to start threatening the Yemeni government with retributions if it hands this man over to the Ethiopian officials. Such ambitious claim toward stubborn culture will not help the situation with the victim but it will rather make his predicament even worse. What are they capable of doing? Send an overwhelming punitive force? Come on now!!! This is an era of terrorism. Everyone is on the edge and we should all be on a lookout for any sign of this scourge bedeviling us all. In stead, G7 should concentrate on using all of its diplomatic connections (if any) for the release of its member. By the way, what is he doing in Yemen? Did his plane make an emergency landing or what? And it should renounce violence as its means of struggle against the government back home. Violence begets violence and the poor peoples we all left behind are tired of violence that is still fresh in their memory.

    In the meantime, I won’t be surprised if some one in the Eritrean government played a part in this abduction. Those people have more than 50 years of playing ‘deadly’ cards as long as they get part of the dips in the final product.

  6. Developement Without Freedom
    | #6

    It is disappointing that Gintbot 7 works with Shabia, the worst enemy of Ethiopian people.

  7. Waaqoo
    | #7

    I assumed Mr. Andargachew is a seasoned politician, and Ginbot 7 has the knack of political realities. Yet, they failed to understand the danger of travelling through a country that has security pact with TPLF regime. This is way too odd for an organization like G7. They should have been known better.

  8. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #8


    I agree with you about Yemen. I grew up in the then Aden Protectorate when it was a British territory. I had traveled to Sanaa with my adopted Hadrami uncle on some of his business trips in the early 1960′s. I was shocked to see how the Northern part of Yemen was so backward in every modern way you can imagine even when you compare it to Aden and its surroundings. Tribalism and its clan off-shoot social structure are well cemented in the lives of the people that have left them stranded some where in the middle ages. All you have to do is seek an agreement with a clan and you are in the Hog’s Heaven. In this case, it won’t take the entire Yemeni Government to get involved in the decision making of Mr. Tsige’s extradition to Ethiopia. Which ever clan was at that airport that day had already sealed the fate of this man. I would not be surprised if this man was extradited the same day or during the next 24 hours after his arrival at the Sanaa Airport. So what should be done next to save the life of this political refugee. First and foremost his organization should stop this nonsense of threatening the Yemenis with some kind of violent retributions. It should also renounce the use of using violence to conduct it struggle against the regime back home. Everyone can see and read the writing on the wall: The peoples we all left behind are tired of war and violence. We have lost millions including tens of thousands of the cream of the crop of the society to wanton violence since the middle 1970′s. Enough is enough with violence. The other rectification his organization and other similar opposition group should do is the termination of their affiliations with the even worse regime in Asmara. It is a proven criminal that has been ruling over its own people with eye-gouging pincers, tooth pulling pliers and heathen metal containers. I would not be surprised if someone in the Afewerki government has a role in this. You do not strike a cozy friendship and then stay relaxed with someone who is known to murder his own countrymen for opposing his oppressive rule. That is totally wrong.

    So, what will the regime do next in its pursuit of its opponents located outside the country after this very successful operation? Now they have successfully bought off a clan or two in Yemen and this has proven to be very productive, the next thing is to buy off out-of-job candidates in other countries to do their dirty jobs. Gadafi has done that in the 1980’s right here in the USA until it was discovered by the good folks at FBI. I don’t think they will find fertile ground on the USA soil to do this but they may be tempted to give it a try in some European countries.

    As always, it is my daily prayer that the Creator reins in on the psyche of all warring forces back home so they will all renounce violence as a form of struggle and methods of governance once and for ever. In stead they should unite forces to combat the scourge religious fanaticism and terrorism that have been hovering over our people.

    And again and as always this is my two cents worth of personal opinion.

  9. aha!
    | #9

    What does ENTC stand for, presenting a press release of Andargachew Tsgue, the secretary of Ginbot-7, for justice, freedom and democracy by Yemen Government, with anticipation to being extradited to the TPLF/eprdf regime to face anti-terrorism charges from few years back. With the objective for UDJP being for democracy and justice both being a split Kinijit (CUD), it puts Ginbot -7 as armed wing of UDJP and/or OPDO/Medrek/EFDO/Fdre from the home front in Eritrea, but not from within Ethiopia in the pretext of “enemy of my enemy is my friend”. As much as parties are defined by their objectives and strategies they use to achieve those objectives UDJP has objectives as a subset of the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty and equality to have precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights, an attribute of democratic nations. While that is the norm UDJP has formed a coalition, later a front with the loyalist opposition parties whose objectives are respect ethnic rights, campaign for political space, and “yekilil mengistats iqulent mebit mekeber”, and democracy without a merger with national agenda in both of the peaceful struggle from inside and the armed struggle from abroad, which boils down to non-violent uprising to freedom (political and economic) that the silent majority of Ethiopians have subjected to for the last 23 years under the TPLF/eprdf regime of ex-liberation fronts with the ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism, and totalitarianism and /or state capitalism in collaboration with crony capitalism by TPLF/political, TPLF/EFFORT, TPLF affiliated enterprises, cadres and foreign corporations particularly in terms of agro-industries, that gives this regime the ex-apartheid South African by the Dutch Boers. having said that neither the objectives in UDJP nor in Ginbot -7, while Medrek implicetley support and the teletafi parties directly support the ethnic agenda, approach the national agenda, and Ginbot -7 which puts the question of unity to the back burner could not be trusted on its objective for “freedom” freedom from what if ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and/or state capitalism remain in tact under ethnic majority rule. De Javu all over again with the architect of the constitution holding seat in one side of the parliament ad lib a minority, absent of ratifying the constitution.

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