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I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised that this has gone virtually unreported in the UK, shameful as that is. It's saddening to hear about the suffering of the Ethiopian people; the massacre of political prisoners is horrifying. Still, at least some good may come out of it if the current government is given the chop and a better one comes to power. It's at least heartening to see the ruling party's efforts to play ethnic groups off against one another backfire on them like this. Hopefully this feeling of brotherhood between Ethiopians will endure.

Ethio, David, I'm sure we can all agree that the best solution to Ethiopia's problems would be a restoration of the empire and the House of Solomon, but can either of you shed some light on how likely that may be? Is there substantial monarchist sentiment in Ethiopia? Would we even know if there were?

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The Ethiopian monarchist organization, the Moa Anbessa (Conquering Lion) Movement, was established officially by Emperor in Exile Amha Selassie shortly after the fall of the Derg regime in 1991.  When it's initial introductory meeting was held at Addis Ababa's National (formerly Haile Selassie I) Theater, the huge building could not fully accomodate the masses of people attempting to attend.  Moa Anbessa registered over a million members in just the first year, far more than any single political party in Ethiopia at the time.  However, following the bitter exchange between the Imperial family and the EPRDF over the later's refusal to give the late Emperor Haile Selassie a state funeral at his re-burial, and the Emperor in Exile's vocal denunciation of the separation of Eritrea from Ethiopia, the movement was infiltrated and destroyed from within.  It's rancorous proceedings and disputes over money, and certain party members trying to promote splits between branches of the Imperial family, even launching vicious attacks on Empress Medferiashwork in the movement's official paper, led to the Imperial family breaking all ties with the movement, and the family along with the Crown Council turned their focus on charitable, historic preservation, and cultural efforts.  Monarchist sentiment remains, and there is even greater curiosity about the possibilities of Constitutional Monarchy, but this has never really been quantified or surveyed so it is hard to say how great or how little support there is for this.

My hope is that if there is a transition, and a review of constitutional arrangements is made, that the symbolic figurehead presidency, which has never really engendered much respect from the public, will be replaced with the restoration of the crown as a symbol of unity, historic continuity, and legitimacy.

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The Crown Council of Ethiopia, whose chairman is H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie (grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie) has issued a statement on the current upheaval in Ethiopia.

http://www.ethiopiancrown.org/

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"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Angela Merkel who is visiting Addis Ababa, has been putting pressure on the Ethiopian government to reform it's practices as far as its electoral system and speech/press freedom.  Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn has made vague assurances that he will do so, but at this point relations with the larger public are far to poisonous for the ruling party for this to succeed.  The German Chancelor has turned down an invitation to address Ethiopia's parliament saying she saw no point in speaking to them as there are no opposition parties represented there and she has no interest in speaking to a single party body.  She instead met with leaders of various opposition groups.

http://www.newsweek.com/ethiopian-pm-pledges-reform-under-pressure-merkel-509038?rx=us

The government of Ethiopia rather than looking at its own record has preferred to blame external enemies for the unrest, pointing at Egypt and Eritrea.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/10/10/ethiopia-blames-egypt-for-forcing-new-state-emergency/1bN9lvAts3rCkLIbpD8X0L/amp.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37607751

The United States Government has also voiced concern over potential abuses as a result of the State of Emergency that was declared across Ethiopia over the weekend.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-warns-ethiopia-against-emergency-crackdown-222130138.html

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of Ethiopia, Archbishop of Axum and Echege of the See of St. Tekle Haimanot, issued a statement of sorrow over the deaths at the Irrecha festival and during the unrest in other parts of the country.  The Patriarch has called for peace and for prayers for peace to be held.

http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/official-statement-of-the-holy-synod-of-the-ethiopian-orthodox-church-on-the-current-affairs-of-the-country/

The Patriarch and the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church have come under considerable criticism both at home and abroad for not speaking out against the government for the bloodshed that has occurred in recent months.


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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The government has announced some very draconian measures curbing many freedoms in a manner not far removed from the military regime of the Derg.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ethiopia-announces-curbs-part-state-emergency-measures-064908928.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ethiopia-reveals-new-rules-during-state-emergency-over-continuing-protests-1586715?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=rss&utm_content=/rss/yahoous/news&yptr=yahoo

http://qz.com/810955/as-oromo-crisis-grows-ethiopia-bans-posting-on-facebook/?utm_source=YPL&yptr=yahoo

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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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More on the censorship imposed in Ethiopia:
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/18/africa/ethiopia-banned-activities/

An article from a while back about opposition groups allegedly sponsored by foreign powers:
http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/eritrea-the-horn-of-africas-rogue-regime/

And another on the ethnic dimension:
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/ethiopia-opens-pandoras-box-ethnic-tensions-18025?page=show

It's good to see some replies countering the claims regarding ethnic relations in Ethiopia. It is very disturbing to see that some are intent on characterising the conflict in ethnic terms to further certain agendas which could be very dangerous for Ethiopia.
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With all the unrest there still do not open the door for the monarchy to be restored.
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The door is always open. It is entirely up to monarchists and sympathisers outside to organise competently for the opportunity to arise.
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Thanks, Ethiomonarchist. This thread has been a very informative read.
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You're welcome BenAstrea.

It has become difficult to get news out of Ethiopia now that there is a virtual news blackout thanks to the Internet being cutoff in most of the country.  The government did announce that it was releasing 2000 prisoners who had been seized during the unrest after they had received "counseling".  This is a small percentage of the number of people that are believed to have been imprisoned in the last few months.

http://www.newsweek.com/ethiopia-releases-2000-detainees-held-under-state-emergency-515220

http://www.voanews.com/a/rights-activists-in-ethiopia-report-obstacles-at-every-turn/3570096.html


While the various opposition parties are busy forming a movement for national salvation in exile, members of the diaspora community are lobbying congress to do something about Ethiopia when they are back in session.

http://www.nazret.com/2016/10/29/as-ethiopia-heads-toward-crisis-congress-must-act/

Meanwhile in Addis Ababa, although the opposition is calling it nothing but window dressing, talks of a major government re-shuffle are being seen by some as an indication that there is considerable conflict within the ruling party.

http://www.nazret.com/2016/10/27/ethiopia-parliament-to-rubber-stamp-proposal-for-govt-reshuffling/



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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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It seems to me that the EPRDF regime in Ethiopia is using the same tactics as the regime in Iran to try and censor the flow of information in and out of the country - despite which, as I posted in another thread, information about anti-regime protests in Iran managed to get out!

Back to Ethiopia, we see the same old game being played out - a "reshuffle" of cabinet:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3893146/Ethiopian-reshuffle-offers-concessions-protesters.html

Now how many times has this been played out? Every step like this is a step towards escalation of confrontation like the Arab Spring, specifically Libya and Syria where the same thing happened with bloody results. Ironically, in Ethiopia the Civil War lasted quite some time until the Derg regime was finally ousted, and the conflict in Syria may take just as long with scary consequences.
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So very true.  As I said on your Facebook post about this David, changing curtains will not fix a shattered window.  The EPRDF have very very serious issues with a vast majority of the Ethiopian population and have lost their mandate to govern completely.  Handing some very junior cabinet posts to a few non-party members and ethnic Oromos is not going to end the very angry uprising in Oromia.  Very noticeable is the complete shut-out of Amharas from the cabinet, and the increasing alienation of the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM, known commonly by its Amharic acronym BE'ADEN) from the rest of the larger governing EPRDF of which it has been a part since it seized power in 1991.  Far from consolidating EPRDF rule, or solving the problems the government faces, this re-shuffle is showing cracks in the edifice of the ruling party.
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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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http://www.nazret.com/2016/11/03/an-institution-that-can-unite-all-ethiopians/

A refreshing article for Ethiopia!
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Thank you for posting that last link David.  It is written by a friend who attended our Ethiopian Orthodox church here in New York who had moved away from New York with whom I had lost touch.  I had not realized that he was a monarchist.  Thanks for making my day. [smile]

Monarchism has been spreading in unexpected areas of the Ethiopian opposition.  While the more conservative elements have always had monarchist elements, it is gaining favor about those on the left who want a vibrant parliamentary system, and who are increasingly seeing the monarchy as a way to ensure that all power and authority are not hoarded by a single individual or ruling group.

I do however object to his call for the restored monarch to be a King rather than an Emperor.  Japan manages to do very well with an emperor even though it no longer has subsidiary kings or an overseas empire.  We should have an Emperor in the Jubilee Palace.

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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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