Ethiopians reject meddling by US and other Western countries
Thousands of Ethiopians took to the streets in May to protest what they described as interference by the United States.
During the rallies in the capital Addis Ababa, the protesters filled the city's old stadium and the surrounding streets in a well-organized, peaceful demonstration dubbed Voices of Freedom and Sovereignty.
The protestors had a clear message to the US. Hands Off Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s rejection of meddling by Western countries, especially by the US, comes as it battles a rebel movement in the country’s Tigray region.
The Tigray region has been embroiled in conflict since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared a war against the forces of the region’s then-ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in November.
The conflict has killed thousands of people and pushed almost 2 million people to the brink of famine, according to acting UN aid chief Ramesh Rajasingham.
The presence of separatist movements and terrorist groups in Africa has been an excuse for global powers to re-enter these countries. This was seen in the French military intervention in Mali and the US military campaign in Somalia.