The violent arrival of Woyane – By Yilma Bekele

We Ethiopians witnessed what those that control our country are capable of doing to unarmed citizens. I am sure the action of the TPLF solder in front of their Embassy in Washington DC is the talk of the town. It is unfortunate that we are not equipped to discuss the criminal act in all its attributes. It has to be put in some form of context to fully understand the criminal act.
Why did the Woyane soldier felt threatened by the action of peaceful unarmed protesters and felt comfortable discharging a lethal weapon is a good question to ask. The whole idea of a protest is to make noise, to call attention and disrupt the daily routine of the targeted enterprise. Protests are normally loud, chaotic and messy. There are times when protesters close a boulevard or a highway, block the entrance, lay down in the middle of the street and use various means to make themselves heard. It is also considered legitimate to plan actions that will attract the media and make the evening news.
Ethiopian Human Rights Activits take over the TPLF Embassy, TPLF Security head of Embassy Solomon Wodi Ayenu who fires three shots
Our Ethiopian compatriots were doing that in front of the Woyane Embassy in a peaceful but loud manner to make themselves heard. Now the Embassy has plenty of options on how to handle the situation. They could report the incident to the State Department if they think laws protecting Diplomatic offices were broken. They could call the DC police if they felt threatened. They could ignore the whole situation since from experience of the last few years they know the protesters are not armed no one has ever been hurt and it will be over with no incident.
Why do you think the TPLF solder choose to fire his weapon? Because he is an idiot and savage Woyane is not a satisfactory answer. The reason goes beyond that. How could one person take it upon himself to commit such criminal act is a question that begs for an answer. The video that was shot by the protesters shows the so called Ambassador standing by the door with confusion and bewilderment written all over his face. How could one of his employee act in such outrageous manner is a legitimate line of inquiry. And finally the most important question of all what emboldened this lone solder to do what he did in a place where more Ethiopians reside outside of our homeland is the question that boggles the mind.
The question of the Ambassador is a no brainer. We are most familiar how the TPLF operates. By default we Ethiopians know what is fake and what is real. The vast majority of Woyane Embassies are run by the first secretary while someone from another ethnic group is presented as the person in charge for show.
There is plenty of testimonials from yesterday’s Ambassadors and todays refugees that live among us. I believe our ‘Ambassador’ was unfortunately exposed for the fake he is by the recent event. You really do not think a simple solder would even carry a weapon outside the Embassy gates let alone fire a bullet. I am sure Ato Girma was as surprised as the rest of us.
When it comes to the cadre he was just doing what he does when he sees Ethiopians dare to challenge the authority of Woyane. It just comes natural to our masters and I am sure he is probably confused when the police took him for questioning. We should not be surprised if he is not aware of what illegal and dangerous act he committed. He was probably proud of the tremendous restraint he showed for not killing a few of the protesters that were in his opinion not even afraid when he brandished his gun. He has never come across such rowdy and ill-mannered Ethiopians that showed no fear and refused to back down when told by a TPLF soldier.
The third point I raised is what interests me the most. How does such criminal act take place where so many Ethiopians live is what bothers me the most. Am I surprised? Not really, I have seen it coming the last year or so. We are or should be aware by now Woyane is on the offensive. A few dedicated patriotic Ethiopians have been able to check the advance but that has not stopped TPLF from devising all kinds of ways to circumvent our efforts.
We should be proud that the Ponzi scheme to rob us of our hard earned money to build the so called dam on Abay was made to fail. It is not that we do not think building a dam is a good idea but having seen how Woyane operates we knew it was a well-organized scheme to commit robbery in broad day light. We were not fooled.
Not all of us. There were the unfortunate among us that were forced to play along because they have been neutralized due to the ‘investments’ they made in Woyane land. They were forced to secretly attend the meetings and contribute under the cover of darkness. It was pathetic to see some of them wearing hats and glasses, ducking under the seat of their car and wishing they could be made invisible to go to a meeting they were forcefully ‘invited’. Once you bow to Woyane there is no end to the ass kicking like a donkey administered by illiterate Woyane.
Today our people cannot afford the price of Teff, Berbere, Mitmita even the lowly Shuro due to the fact it is exported to the honorable Diaspora. Today Ethiopian groceries and restaurants that make their money from us have no shame selling these products in their places of business.
Today the Diaspora have no qualms about building condominiums on land stolen from their own parents using Woyane produced cement and imported material. Reminds me of a paper written by Professor Mesfin where he witnessed a long line in Arat Kilo and was sad to find out that it was young people standing to get a job to dismantle their parents’ houses that was taken by Woyane. Most probably the investors were from the Diaspora. They were actually paying for something that was legitimately their own. How in the world do you think Woyane would have any respect for such spineless individuals?
A few months back TPLF solders massacred a lot of students in Ambo, Lekemt and Adama because they have the nerve to protest confiscation of their parents land. We heard it and we kept quiet. We knew it was wrong but we did not do anything about it.
A few years back TPLF deported Ethiopians based on their ethnic origin and some cheered and a lot pretended not to know or care. We kept quiet.
A year or two ago the TPLF using its surrogates deported Amhara’s from the southern region and the west and some protested but plenty covered their eyes and ears. We kept quiet.
The apathy we exhibit is what made our cadre soldier/first secretary/real Ambassador fire his gun without thinking twice. In his trained eye we are not worthy of respect. We are not humans. I do not blame him I blame us for giving him the power to think and act like that. Even here where we live in peace and where there is so much money to be made by legal means some of us think it is acceptable to use our economic might to pray on our people. The mind is a powerful machine but it is also gullible. I am sure those that dance with Woyane criminals convince themselves that they are helping their country and they are honorable people doing honest work. No you are not. You enable TPLF criminals.
I have no business passing judgment on your activities but when your activity gives a rogue regime like we have in Ethiopia a sense of invincibility to frighten my sisters and brothers that were peacefully protesting it makes me angry. We are here because home is not such a good place to live in peace, live without fear, live with honor and love. Now they have come here to do to us what they do to our people back home. Some of you due to your selfish act are inviting them over to disturb our peace. The question is what more nefarious plan do they have for us?
I have not enough words to praise those that took a day off their schedule to act as the voice of their people. All I could say is we are all proud of you and we are glad no one was hurt and I only wish I was there with you doing the most important thing in life – showing you care for those that due to circumstances are currently unable to fight back. I am sure your actions gives them hope and pride.


  1. Mr. Yilma you wrote the protesters were protesting “infront of the embassy”, but I think the proteters were protesting “inside the embassy compound”,which is a big differnce, actually for your information only let people demonstrate 500 ft within the compound, please don’t mislead readers.

  2. Pls stop thinking like U R in Ethio. where ever place they can protest and the Embassy is the land of all Ethiopians not WOYANE. They did right and exposed how WAYANE’s Diplomat are stupid while they R LIVING IN A MODERN SOCIETY.

  3. the woyane thugs are violent.they love the gun. they have obssession with the gun. even their priests carry guns in the church, strapped to their waist. the woyane know that the gun can change the game of the rule. when they marched to addis abeba in 1991, the first thing they did was to disarm the population and burn down the arms depot in addis abeba. the woyane fear the gun. if the people are armed the woyane know that their days will be numbered.

  4. @Lula do you know the Iranians had controlled American embassy for some days. What the potesters did is a common phenomena in democratic countries and not where you are from (Ethiopia). Even if they are illegal you don’t shoot a bullet. That is bullshit.

  5. Dear KG the peaceful protesters were their exercising their Constitutional right by marching in front of the Embassy on the sidewalk which they have done plenty of times but the unhinged Woyane solder came out brandishing a gun trying to intimidate and scare the young people, it was in self defense they chased him back and followed the coward solder all the way to the gate. The law allows them to detain this scum until the police arrive but he was able to escape by hiding under our mothers dress upon which they replaced the Woyane flag with the true flag of Ethiopia.It is a lesson to all of Ethiopians that Woyane has to be confronted with force because they have no capability to understand any other language. We grateful to the young patriotic Ethiopians that showed us the nature of this animals that try to pass as Human.

    • Mr Yilma! Like Gunbot 7 do not throw an odd word to the people? Any country has its own flag introduced to world for many reasons. The symbole of equality in the middle of the flag has big meaning for the forgotten people starting from Minilik to Derg had no right to learn, exercise self administer,etc the star is hope to all Ethiopians bup not only serve for the power mongers like your group who have bad and backward thought that reflects the only amhara speaking people are the only one who are responsible for faith of Ethiopia. Just to have trust on the flag all people should accept with a symbole that reflect the interest of the whole people. The old regim dreamers want to see a lion at the center just to reflect the poletics during that times which no one wants to see and hear at present. This is your failur to observe the feeling of the majority of the people. The action you did in Washingstone, the only leader who give support will be Esayas Afewerki.

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