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Ethiopia: Destabilization of government for cooperation with China
On Sunday, the attempted destabilization of the Ethiopian government, launched several months ago, has reached a milestone. If Ethiopia is in the firing line is including its partnership more fruitful with China in the great project of ” New Silk Road “.
Since Sunday, the Ethiopian city of Bishoftu is mourning after the death of at least sixty people trapped in a crowd following clashes with the police during the traditional Oromo Irreecha festival. The Oromia region is the largest in the country and this is where a vast anti-government protest movement is bubbling.
“As a result of this chaos, lives were lost and several injured were taken to hospital,” said the communications office of the government. On television, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the rioters had “planned chaos” and denied reports that the security forces had fired live ammunition. He also commended the efforts of the security forces to protect the population. Finally, he vowed to bring those responsible to justice. On site, a doctor at the hospital Bishoftu confirmed to Radio France International that bodies were not wearing bullet wounds.
The opposition and the NED
Merera Gudina, opposition leader of the federalist congress Oromo, strongly criticized the government to whom it attributes full responsibility for the events leading to the death of the victims.
But who is Gudina, and where did he make that statement? He made it from Washington, where his house is. The man also benefits from a scholarship provided by the famous National Endowment of Democracy (NED), which has long been a channel through which the financing of the “color revolutions” launched against all those coming to challenge the geopolitical designs of the oligarchy Anglo-American. Indeed, most of the opposition leaders who are quoted live on TV in the United States, have all gained good positions at the NED, Harvard, or other institutions of the American elite.
Gudina’s interview with Reuters is not a first. He was interviewed several times by the “Thomson Reuters Foundation” which funds the promotion of the “Rule of Law” in the United States. It is the Canadian group Thomson Corp. which bought Reuters in 2008. The board of directors of the foundation is filled with executives of banks and investment companies.
The train is running
Of course, the timing of these provocations is perfect. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that on October 5 rail link built by the Chinese who share the Ethiopian capital and arrives at the port of Djibouti is set to become fully operational and will be the first modern electrified railway of Africa.
Electrification, which is much cheaper than the use of diesel locomotives, was made possible by government investments in large hydro projects. This line is already used since last June to bring emergency food in areas hit by drought. It is 753 kilometers long and allows trains to reach an average speed of 120 km per hour. Built by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corp., it represents a $ 4 billion investment. The new line makes it possible to reduce the journey time between Djibouti and the Ethiopian capital to 10 hours instead of 7 days previously!
Zeng Deli, project manager of China Railway Group told Xinhua:
The railway is built on the model of Chinese railway technology standards while taking into account the specific conditions of Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The construction of the project was finalized in six years, which is considered, even in China, a miracle.
20,000 workers had to be hired to complete a section of the line. It was impossible to have only Chinese workers, said Fu Xun, another project manager. The Chinese teams trained 15,000 local workers.
The railway, with modern standard gauge is parallel to that, decrepit, built more than 100 years ago by the Europeans. Over 90% of Ethiopia’s imports and exports – including energy and food – go through the port of Djibouti. The capacity of the existing road network has long since been submerged.
This Abeba-Djibouti line is the first step in a vast railway network. Ethiopia plans to build 5,000 km of railways by 2020. In addition to ensuring a more rapid flow of goods and people, Ethiopia intends to make this tool a catalyst for its national development.
Source: Solidarity and Progress