Calls for unity in Ethiopia's Tigray as anti-Abiy sentiment swells

What you need to know:

  • In Mekele, the regional capital, Tigrayans complain they have been scapegoated by the prime minister, who is an ethnic Oromo, for Ethiopia's woes in recent years.

  • Anti-Abiy sentiment in Tigray was spotlighted following the killings of five high-ranking government and military officials — violence Abiy says was part of a coup attempt in Amhara state.
  • Though they make up just six percent of Ethiopia's population of 100 million people, Tigrayans were long seen as wielding outsized authority.

  • Tigrayans have been stripped of top positions and in some cases jailed on charges of corruption and human rights violations.

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