The Supreme Ethiopian Political Prisoner, Andargachew Tsige, is released


Abbay Media News
Yassin Ibrahim

Andargachew Tsigie, the Founding father of Ginbot 7 movement, has been released from Kaliti prison located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Reliable sources of Abbay Media News inside Ethiopia reported that the founding father of Ginbot 7 Movement and symbol of the armed resistance, Andargachew Tsige has been escorted out of Kaliti prison with four Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) with code 4 (Official) plates. The SUV drove off quick denying the people waiting outside the chance to see the supreme political prisoner.

With public pressure mounting, the entire Oromia regional state apparatus rebelling and tough US sanctions under HR 128and SR 168 looming, the government of Ethiopia led by TPLF is losing its grip on power and succumbing to demands for political reform. coming from all corners.

Andargachew Tsige, aka Andy, has been held in undisclosed location until recently and incommunicado since he was abducted at Sanaa airport in Yemen with the help of Yemeni government authorities on June 23, 2014.

He is a UK citizen and a father of three. Andy’s wife Yemisrach Hailemarim (Yemi) and his children have been vigorously pushing the British government and specially the Foreign Office to secure his release and bring him home. Human rights organizations like Reprieve UK , members of UK parliament and the Ethiopian diaspora at large have also been exerting pressure on the British government, that at times seem reluctant, to  use its influence and diplomatic assets on the Ethiopian government and get Andy out jail or at least improve the conditions of confinement and visitation rights.

The release of Andargachew Tsigie and other high profile political prisoners is a major milestone in the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy in Ethiopia after 27 years brutal ethnocentric and dictatorial rule under the disguise of revolutionary democracy and pseudo ethnic federalism.

Their release, not only meets the consistent  demands by the political opposition, the civic associations and the society t large, but also sets the stage to begin the dialogue for a peaceful exit from the current chaos, for transitional governing and for national reconciliation with all the stakeholders included. The dialogue for transitional governing, if it ever happens, marks the beginning of a new era in Ethiopian history.

Updates: when this news is posted Andy’s father, relatives and numerous supporters are still waiting to see Andy at his father’s house in Addis Ababa.

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