ETHIOPIA’s devious path to DEMOCRACY – VisualPolitik EN

October 9, 2019 posted by

Ethiopia is a country famous for being the
place where coffee was discovered… nevertheless, Ethiopians didn’t start drinking it until
very recently. During decades, this country was among the
World’s poorest. But, if you follow VisualPolitik for a long
time, you already know that Ethiopia is the scenario for one of the biggest miracles of
our decade. In the latest decades, Ethiopia has been growing
at a 10% rate year after year. Fashion brands like Calvin Klein or H&M have
already some big textile worshops in this country. Lots of Chinese factories are been built at
the outskirs of Addis Abeba. But Chinese are not the only ones interested
in Ethiopian economy! At the beginning of this year 2019, Hyunday
opened their first assembly center here. In other words, more and more Ethiopians are
stepping out of poverty every day. But hold on just a second because this is
not the actual Ethiopian miracle! You see, til the year 2018, the economy was
doing good but the political system pretty much sucked. They had an authoritarian system similar to
that of China: one party, censorship and never-ending harassment to ethnic minorities. But, beating the odds, all of this changed
from one day to the other thanks to this man you see on the screen: ABIY AHMED ALI, the
brand new Ethiopian prime minister. And I say beating the odds because ABIY AHMED
ALI was the last person you would imagine to be a reformist. He was an army general and a member of the
government party: The Ethiopian People’s Liberation Front. Nevertheless, as soon as this man put his
sole on the government palace, he started rocking the boat. From one day to the other, he abolished most
of the censorship laws, banned the ethnic harassment made by the army and announced
free elections by 2020. Add to this the peace with neighbouring Eritrea
and a liberalization agenda that sounds like heaven to international investors. Yes, my dear viewers, remember his name because
he has high chances to get a Peace Novel Price sooner than later. Definitely, he already deserves it much more
than many others who already got it. But wait a minute because not everything is
sunshine and rainbows. Yes, on the paper, the intentions of this
politicians couldn’t sound better. If he achieves everything he wants, he would
become the next Nelson Mandela. But, as we always say here… things are much
more complex than what they seem. Ethiopia’s Amhara state chief killed amid
regional coup attempt Yes, you heard this right! Democratic transitions are never easy. Specially given that Ethiopia had already
a political elite enjoying lots of privileges and more than 13 different tribes. We are talking about an enormous country,
with more than 100 million inhabitants and more than 13 languages. This is a test to ABIY AHMED real intentions. With so much internal opposition and so many
ethnic tension, it is very tempting to go back to the good old dictatorship. At the end of the day, tyrants can deal with
all this things way easier. So the question now is… To what extent is ABIY AHMED willing to respect
human rights? Can Ethiopia become an actual democracy? Or maybe it is too hard to resist the temptation
of becoming an authoritarian leader? Today we are going to answer to all of these
questions but, before we do, let’s take a look back at the history. THE COUNTRY OF THE THREE REVOLUTIONS Many of you associate Ethiopia with Rastafarians. As you know, Bob Marley and his accolades
practiced a religion that praised the king HAILE SELASSIE, the Ethiopian emperor. No offense to the Rastafarians but Mr. SELASSIE
was an absolute monarch that ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist. An, as it happens many times with absolute
monarchs and authoritarian leaders… he didn’t die in bed. In the year 1975, the DERG guerrilla seized
power and they killed him. This was the first Ethiopian revolution. DERG was a Marxist-leninist group that governed
the country during the 80s. In this time, they collectivized the land,
nationalized all the companies and ended with half a million of opponents. Thus, Ethiopia suffered one of their worst
starvations. And this explains why, in 1991, after a bloody
civil war, the Ethiopian People’s Liberation Front took power. This was the second Ethiopian revolution. But make no mistake! The country didn’t become a democracy at
all. They went from die hard communism to a moderate,
China-style one. This explains the good relationship between
these two countries and the economic growth they started to have. But pay attention because now Xander is going
to tell us the really interesting part of the story. But pay attention because now Eric is going
to tell us the really interesting part of the story. You see, Ethiopia has more than 100 million
inhabitans and more than 13 tribes. These tribes are not very friendly with one
another. And this is why the constitution is so special. To start with, Ethiopia is the only country
in the planet, alongside with Liechtenstein, where the right to secesion is contemplated. This means that, theoretically, each of these
9 regions you see on the map could have a referendum and become independent. And, of course, each of those tribes have
their own political party. Most of these political parties are part of
this grand coalition called Ethiopian People’s Liberation Front. And all these parties have seats in the parliament. All of this means that Ethiopian politics
are not a debate between right and left wing or conservatives versus liberals but a discussion
among different tribes. And you might wonder… does this system work? Can Ethiopian tribes coexist together in peace
and harmony? The answer is no way! First of all, this right to secesion is just
a theory. Each time a region wanted to secede had to
face the army. And, as you can already imagine, not all tribes
are equally powerful. From all those 13 ethnic groups, only 3 call
the shots: the OROMO, the AMHARA and the TIGRIYANS. The rest are suffering constant human rights
violations. This includes forced displacements, land confiscations
and, of course, massive killings. For example, the Somalians living in Ethiopia
have been sufferint neverending harassment from paramilitary groups. And both the government as the army pretended
this never existed. Add to this the activist and journalist that
were exiled. If this was not enough, Ethiopia was in permanent
war with Eritrea. So yes, the economy was doing good but the
politics couldn’t go worse. And here is when the third Ethiopian revolution
came in. Let’s have a look at it, shall we? TITLE: THE ETHIOPIAN ROCKSTAR I’m gonna say it again: remember this name
because he might become a peace novel price: ABIY AHMED ALI. Til the year 2018, he was what we call an
‘APPARATCHIK’, this is a party man: an army general that belonged to the OROMO tribe,
which, as we said before, is one of the ruling ethnic groups. Nevertheless, as soon as he started his administration,
he has unleashed one of the most ambitious reformist agendas in history. In just one year, he has signed peace with
Eritrea, he has abolished censorship and he has stopped harassment from the army. Aren’t you impressed yet? So wait because I haven’t finished! He has already announced free elections for
2020, he has managed to get a woman as the President and he is passing the biggest liberalizations
ever seen in Ethiopia. Ethiopia to install 4G network ahead of telecoms
liberalization With all of this, it is easy to understand
why he has become the new African rockstar. In fact, we can already talk about the ABIYMANIA. And, believe me, everything I will say here
is not a hyperbole at all. Some religious groups already claim that he
is the Messiah. In Eritrea, the former die hard enemy of Ethiopia,
there are already mothers naming their children after him. And the Ethiopian media is living a big time
renaissance. Satire is flourishing in Ethiopia Brand new newspapers, brand new TV shows and
old journalist coming back to the country. The pictures you see now are part of some
comedy sketch that you can find on YouTube. For the first time in history, people can
make fun of politicians, including the prime minister. And it seems that next year, a Ethiopian broadcaster
will start a late night show similar to The Daily Show. All of this is pretty normal in a country
like America or UK but it is a giant step here. But OK, OK… I know what you are going to say now! It is very easy to allow free press when the
media loves you. But… what happens when you have die hard
critics? Well… let’s cover that! FREEDOM HAS ITS RISKS 2019 has surprised Ethiopians with a terrible
draught that brought many regions back to starvation. Unemployment is near 20% and many young people
are in a desperate situation. If this was not enough, the old guard is far
from happy with this third revolution. So look at what happened in June 2019. Ethiopian army chief killed by bodyguard and
regional leader dead in coup attempt The Amhara state president, Ambachew Mekonnen,
and his adviser were shot dead and the state’s attorney general was wounded in Amhara’s
capital Basically, a man from the military who belonged
to the AMHARA tribe decided to kill the governor of his region. According to him, ABIY AHMED was ending all
the privileges his tribe used to enjoy. So he organized a coup d’etat to separate
from the rest of the country. As you can imagine, the central government
didn’t wait a minute for retaliation. Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup
leader But we are not talking about a military answer
only! During almost 2 days, central government cut
the internet. Just like that. During almost 48 hours, Ethiopians couldn’t
access to Internet. This way, they couldn’t visit any media
or any critical opinion against the government. Yes, I can see what you are thinking: freedom
of speech didn’t last really long here. But if you thought this was the only problem
ABIY had, you’d better think again. Ethiopia referendum: Dozens killed in Sidama
clashes With so much freedom, the SIDAMA tribe, one
of those groups that have been always marginalized by the mainstream, decided to call for an
independence referendum. They didn’t want to become an independent
country on its own right. But they wanted to have, at least, their own
autonomous region. This is what happens when you give freedom
to the people! Then, people wants to use that freedom! And in this moment is when the guys from the
Ethiopian government said. ‘Oh my god! All this tribes with their referéndums are
such a pain in the ass! OK, so you, Sidama guys, what do you want?… A referendum? OK, fine. But look… can you wait at least 5 months? Just 5 months?’ And then, the Sidama tribe said:
‘Oh, sure, five months! You totally sound like the previous governments! You talk about democracy, freedom and all
the sweet stuff but then you go fucking around again with the referendums! You can take your 5 months waiting time and
stick them into your ass!!!!’ And this is how violent protests emerged with
more than 30 dead people. So yes, I totally understand what you are
going to say now. This Abiy Ahmed guy is more disappointing
than the latest Tarantino movie. But do you know what? Sometimes, history can be really beautiful. Ethiopia to hold autonomy referendum for ethnic
Sidama in November Yes, after so much hesitation, Abiy Ahmed
is really willing to allow that referendum. And, with Internet already working again,
it seems that freedom of speech is very alive in Ethiopia. For example, while we were preparing this
video, we found some English speaking Ethiopian newspapers. And we could find news like this one. Sidama unrest death toll rises to 34 I know, this is really bad news. This is the kind of news that don’t make
a nice portray of the government. But, precisely, the fact that an Ethiopian
newspaper can say bad things about the government is, indeed, a good thing! Good luck finding something similar in China! For a better understanding, DEUTSCHE WELLE,
which is a radio similar to BBC but in Germany, has already started broadcasting in Amharic
language. And look at the kind of talk shows they are
already hosting! Discussion: Country risk
They began to hear warnings that Ethiopia was endangered as a country. They say this by trying to justify their fears
that a country is at risk. Again, these are not good news. And we don’t really know what are they discussing
in this talk show because we couldn’t find any Ethiopian who could help us. By the way, if there is some native Amharic
speaker watching this video, feel free to write us an email! But the truth is that, freedom of speech really
seems to be flourishing here. And, so far, Abiy is keeping his promise of
free elections by 2020. Of course, this will not be an easy thing. First of all, Ethiopia will have to update
their census, which is extremely hard. Remember that, despite the growth, this is
still a very poor country. And the government has a lot of challenges
on the horizon, starting by the huge unemployment rate. So now the question goes to you… Shall Ethiopia be able to hold those elections
by 2020? How many times will be Abiy tempted again
to go back to authoritarianism? Is Ethiopia ready for democracy? Please, leave your answer on the comment section
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100 Replies to “ETHIOPIA’s devious path to DEMOCRACY – VisualPolitik EN”

  1. Help Me says:

    One thing i really hate about every video you make is the sudden music and improper music when talking about SERIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL History, would really appreciate if you can somehow make the music more subtle. Im pretty sure im not the only one

  2. Mo Mo says:

    There are more than 80 ethnic groups in Ethiopia not 13.

  3. Ford Ford says:

    I freaking love this channel

  4. Sameh Negm says:

    Hi Simon, @6:24 I believe this is the pyramids area in Giza, Egypt.

  5. Aaron Jones says:

    Abolish tribal labels like Rwanda and build a form of federalism like the U.S. this is the only way to keep the peace. Focus the power locally and slowly build a national identity of freedom, responsibility, and fraternity. Lebanon and Iraq show us that parties based on religion and tribe are not conducive to good governance. Scots and the Catalonians also demonstrate this anger at poorly weighted representation.

  6. E D says:

    Leading Ethiopia now is like to be a mental hospital doctor. Everyone is being pain in the a** for the leader. I wish all good for the prime minister only.

  7. Andrew Mav says:

    reading the subs and hearing you is like watching two movies. cant keep up with two narratives

  8. J 3 says:

    Simon that’s not true in regards to coffee drinking. It’s literally embedded in their culture from a long time ago.

  9. Ron C says:

    Who gives a fuck.

  10. Benghali In Platforms says:

    Is it still full of Ethiopians?

  11. johan qian says:

    another country to bring destroyed in name of democracy

  12. nubserver says:

    Safe to say Ethiopia is a shithole.

  13. Tiago Geraldo says:

    Democraci its big piece of shit. Libertaryan move was well.

  14. Queen Kristina says:

    c h a n g e t h e i n t r o and c h a n g e t h e m u s i c…

  15. Da Abo says:

    2020 Ethiopia vs Democracy who won?

  16. Asad Aden says:

    Theere are not 13 tribes but 80 Nationalities

  17. Entertainment 101 says:

    I don't think we are ready for Democracy it's really sad.
    And i have to say almost all of those b-roll clips you used aren't from Ethiopia smh but it doesn't matter how the world sees us when we are ruled by shit so never mind

  18. nebi1231 says:

    Wow so many inaccuracies in this video I don’t even know where to start. First there’s no political party or coalition in Ethiopia called Ethiopian People Liberation Front, there’s Tigray people’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which is in coalition with 3 other parties and ran the country as EPRDF, the other parties were puppets while TPLF dominated every power in the country for 27 years and it is this party and its elite supporters who have been destabilizing the country in order to regain power and not the Amhara who’ve been marginalized and targeted for the past 28 years. So making the claim that the so called “coup” (which was not a coup but an internal power struggle within the Amhara regional leadership) was an attempt by “elite” Amharas to maintain a privilege that they never had over the past 28 years is complete fabrication. And lastly you made it seem like Abiy Ahmed came to power in a vacuum when you should’ve mentioned the over 2 years of protest by the Oromos and Amharas that put the country on a standstill and allowed the Amhara and Oromo parties in the EPRDF coalition (ANDM/ ADP and OPDP/ODP) to sideline TPLF and elect Abiy Ahmed.
    I used to find your videos informative but seeing all these inaccuracies on basic facts about Ethiopian politics that can be googled makes me wonder about the accuracy of your other videos.

  19. Entertainment 101 says:

    FYI THAT LOCAL SATIRE WAS SHUT DOWN A MONTH AGO Abiy is turning to a dictator himself

  20. ayub yusuf says:

    I am somali. my land is internationally recognized as part of Ethiopia but neither I nor my land is Ethiopian. ethiopia is an empire. empires can only be maintained by force. if Ethiopia doesn't implement democracy then it will spiral into civil war. if it does implement democracy then Ethiopia will slowly be dismantled by the people at the ballot box. either way, Ethiopia is a doomed country. a country living on borrowed time.

  21. Nkosilami Mguni says:

    Zimbabweans pliz confirm e music that starts playing at 7.03 is or at leasts sounds very similar to the background music yepamurimi wanhasi/umlimi wanamhla 😏😎😆

  22. TheJalipa says:

    We won’t know until 2021

  23. The Ethiopian Wolf says:

    Somalains aren't Ethiopians they are refugees

  24. Hate the haters says:

    If modern day Ethiopia becomes democratic it will break up peacefully instead of fighting. Ethiopia is made up of the many different people that share nothing with each other and the only reason why it exists now is because of western support since the 19th century

  25. aklilu hailu says:

    This is absolutely wrong and it’s not different from the propaganda that the state TV and the government newspaper present. The reality is Abiy did not Bring any change in a positive way. If you call it’s a change yes there’s a change a change that people are bing killed by a policeman & special force and by a Group called Kero and Fano , which also killed people on a broad day light and robbed more than 20 banks and attack and displaced More than 3million people. I.e genocide on the kemant & Gedio People.
    The country’s economy is down and it’s going down still not recovering and The unemployment rate is more than 30% and also Abiy is spending the money that the country gets from the donation from wealthy European countries to build his own palace and spending for his own expensive things like expensive cars for his own purposes
    In conclusion Abiy is nothing but a corrupted Narcissistic another dictator in Africa thank you.

  26. За Великой Стеной Затаился Дракон says:

    Democracy will kill this country. Country wuth such divercity like Ethophia needs technocratic dictatorship like in Singapore

  27. James Humphreys says:

    Why is it, we don't get coverage like this on British news.

  28. The Centre says:

    No country is ready,it just happens.

  29. LilethioMamo says:

    The EPDRF is a coalition government not 1 party lol do better research this is basic information you got wrong

    This is literally on Wikipedia “ The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front is a left-wing ethnic federalist political coalition in Ethiopia. The EPRDF consists of four political parties, namely Tigray People's Liberation Front, Amhara Democratic Party, Oromo Democratic Party and Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement.”

  30. -_- says:

    The Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed is half-Oromo half-Amhara. Not only Oromo

  31. Don says:


  32. Africa 4Life says:

    Many inaccuracies here in this video. But Ethiopia is struggling with land disputes, lack of education, technological advancements, and unity. If we are not united we will fall. The Ethiopian identity is constantly evolving and the youth will have to make changes to grow the country. Abiy has only been in office for a year and he has inherited several historical issues.Those of us in the diaspora look at ways to improve the country we play a significant role in its current status. Hopefully, there will be an election. One Ethiopia!

  33. Freedom says:

    13 tribes? hahahahaha more like 84 tribes. Please get your facts checked before posting them. The amhara region kudeta wasn't meant to create an indipendante amhara nation. That is another mistake, it was primarily to defend amhara rigion being consumed by the oromo region since there is an oromo special zone in amhara which is basically a special region for oromos with in the amhara region.

  34. WutheringHeights says:

    Abiy Ahmed started off his "prime ministerial role" by attacking the Somali region and preventing the Somali Region to secede from Ethiopia and sending Oromo thugs, with new-found confidence, to murder and pillage Somali lands and cities.
    Be it the Amhara, Tigrey or the Oromo, like it or not: One day, the Somali Region WILL JOIN SOMALIA!!!

  35. Colin Yuan says:

    as long as Ethiopia's economy goes well, Ethiopian people dont really care who is in charge of the government

  36. XoXo Block chain says:

    There is no such thing called Ethiopian people libration front instead its Tigray's people libration front.

  37. WestCrook says:

    Where are my Oromos at? 🌳❤️ Atii aysaa jirtaan?

  38. Ez Al says:

    Abiy is a bullshitter, same as any politician, he is the black version of Trudeau. Ineffective SJW, I mean the man appointed 6 incompetent women into his cabinet which is half and trying to introduce hate speech laws just to virtue signal to world. The economy is going downhill, inflation like never before, racial tension and a few subtle and not so subtle moves for domination of one race and racism like never before where thousands killed and millions displaced from where they lived generations because of race, aiding in the claim of one ethnic groups claim to the capital city through replacement of civil servants and worse giving ID to ppl from that group. Crime like never seen before (armed robbery, stabbing… Even during the day) no foreign currency(theft by so called foreign investors) and extremely difficult and hostile business env't (started before him) I could go on and I don't even follow politics

  39. M W says:

    Hey ….like majority of your report is somewhat in accurate and i see this new leader has some niccolo machiavelli vibe, he has to be watched closely

  40. Pale Feather Valdez says:

    We don't want or need those people here in US. Trump will kick them out too. They need to stay in their own country.

  41. Hassen Jibril says:


  42. E. Javier Paniagua says:

    "He deserves then Nobel Peace prize more than many others that received it."
    C..coughhhhKissingercoughhh Obamacoughhh.

  43. Janax Muhammad says:

    #free western Somalia

  44. Crno Bjeli says:

    What kind democracy Ethiopia need ?? Democracy like in Afghanistan,Iraq,Syria or other country were you westerns import ?!

  45. Christano Meredith says:

    I hope you know that Rastafarians originated from jamaica and also Bob Marley. Do not spread misinformation


    etopians are arab salves

  47. ዓባይ ኣበራ says:

    1st. Please don't forget Abiy was a high ranking ENSA(Ethiopian National Security Agency), which is the equivalent of CIA but mostly internal politics oriented. He was spying on citizens, arresting opposition members etc.
    2nd. @ 3:07 Ethiopia has has over 80 languages not just more than 13.
    3rd. You are doing great job.

  48. Remedy says:

    So that's what happened to Starvin Marvin, it really has been 22 years 🤔

  49. Mahmoud332 says:


  50. Wedi Mehari says:

    Did you say, “how ever, Ethiopia didn’t start drinking it until recent years?” Waw, waw, waw!!!!

  51. Wedi Mehari says:

    Did you also say, dr. Abiy was an army general? Well I just realized that your videos aren’t well researched. Dr. Abiy had not even reached to the level of colonel. By the way, coffee was a favorite drink for hundreds of years as far as we know. At least, we know know that our great grand parents were drinking it. How is that recent years.

  52. Ben Lamptey says:

    The funny thing is, Ethiopia is actually more homogenous compared to many other African countries (take Nigeria for example). Just about 13 tribes? And as far as I know, many of those guys speak Arabic and their borders actually suit them as they were formed organically, not by ignorant strangers. Also, they have the privilege of their history and culture not being stripped of them. They have it good relatively speaking.

  53. 18nomah says:

    Assumption made here is that democracy trumps authoritarian govt. The jury on that is still out.

  54. Misker Ethiopia says:

    Yo I’m a fan of your page but you have insulted the people of the Amhara. They have not been in power for 50+ years. The coup is a lie. You have disappointed us. Amharas have not benefited in anyway. They have been slaughtered and genocide has been done on them. Absolutely sad

  55. Tamer Tesera says:

    Derge isn’t a Gorilla organization. The haileselase military over throw him which later became the Derge.

  56. Walter Accor says:

    Africa doesn’t need democracy…she is too diverse both in linguistics and ethnicity… democracy is a European thing what Africa needs is a monarchy just like China 🇨🇳 or Middle East

  57. a z says:

    the ccp can learn from this one man example -_-

  58. TalesOfGod # says:

    I find it bizarre that the guy is just trying to fix the country and the tribes are still intent on ripping the country apart in their selfish ambitions as they always have been. They can't even bother to wait until the elections are done.

  59. poloko collen says:

    People from countries that are as diverse as Ethopia will understand,while to those which are from largely homogeneous countries such as USA won't.Someone might say USA is a multi cultural,racial and diverse country,but I would counter that by saying that there is a single huge culture in USA….with which all cultures have to assimilate,they speak one language,AND they have had about 200 or so years to refine their system and to find he best model,they have good economic growth and one large dominating ethnicity…the English speaking people of English descent.

  60. weldesemayat seyoum says:

    My God, what a bunch of rubbish, people are massacred left, right and centre all over the country and here you are telling us rubbish. Abiy Ahmed (a.k.a the democratic rock star leader) is in fact presently negotiating with the West to hand over the sovereignty of the country. All this praise and adulation by the western media is just until your chosen boy hand over the country's economy ; after that he is on his own, you will abandoned him at the mercy of the Ethiopians as you have done so to many similar moron leaders allover the developing world.
    NOTE and Correction: Ethiopia is a home to more than 13 languages.

  61. ሀገራዊ Hagerawi tube says:

    The funny fact, Abiy Ahmed is a smooth dictator . He loves image building tho. That is why western leaders fall for him.

  62. Гавран says:

    Ethiopia is been ready when learns how democracy work. To learn how democracy work. First must learn from ancient Greece. Like Athina make, live and rule in democracy. This mean no capitalism and liberalism. Not today when whe have with democracy, capitalism and liberalism in USA.

  63. Isa Incepts says:

    No where else in your life is there democracy. You’re going to see how it unfolds all over the world this century as it’s a great way to develop a nation at the beginning but in the long run it falls to strongmen/women

  64. Eyosias Mesfin says:

    It’s a good vedio it got some things wrong but it’s still pretty good

  65. Zinnach X says:

    I Love all Ethiopia people💚💛❤🙏🙏🙏

  66. Yemane Redda says:

    The evil side of Abiy Ahmed outweights his good side, and he is only managing to portray a good image of himself to the international community and keep his ill deeds undercover with the help of the Neoliberal West because he’s promised them that he will privatize all businesses and let their investers have full control of them( in addition to siding with them rather than with China). Otherwise all he does is just a charm offensive and PR propoganda. He’s befriended Iseyas of Eritrea only to unseccessfuly try to erase TPLF from Ethiopia and create yet another bloodshed in the region by risking to do so. So you can really see it wasn’t a genuine want of peace. Some of the human rights violations taking place now are simply horrondeous and inhumane. The way people are being stoned to death, the way people are hanged upside down, the way people are condemned to mob justice all over Ethiopia and all the selective justice by the government and jailing of activists, journalists, former leaders and others who don’t dance to the tune of this so called reformist’s rhetorics is a far cry from the way his administration is presented in this video. So you have to try to put a little bit more effort and try to research what is going on for real instead of regurgitating the western media narratives. The vast majority of people in Ethiopia now are not happy with the way this government is dealing matters and this could be the undoing of Ethiopia and eventually lead to disintegration.
    So many other different versions of the current proceedings in Ethiopia!
    So this certainly is not the best video you’ve ever made.
    I admire your efforts and your other videos, though.

  67. natnael habtamu says:

    you talk like you live there, you are missing a lot of things . you should know what you talk about

  68. Mark Jupiter says:

    Democracy dnt work.

  69. Tekle Tadesse says:

    Hey Simon, can you one day make a video about Eritrea? And if you need some translations from Tigrinya to English, I will help

  70. Hermela Tibebe says:

    Great video! You should make a video about Eritrea, it’s president, the migrants fleeing and the #yiakl movement.

  71. S M says:

    What a full of crap. Emotions don't add to be facts. I don't need to hear your propaganda, please get the facts right. Idiot

  72. Aste abe says:

    You guys didn't do your home work …first read property before telling to people in media. 1 you said Ethiopia has more than 13 Ethnic groups …wrong more than 80 Ethnic group is right. 2, Derg was Ethiopian military not freedom fighter etc…..pls do your home work before sending wrong information

  73. Jermy Ermi says:

    NO ELECTION!! peace, security & stability 1st until we Ethiopia address those essential condition NO VOTE. #GIVE TIME FOR ETHIOPIA

  74. harari boy says:

    No even near for democracy

  75. wube T says:

    Calm Down Everyone , Ethiopia will Fix the problem very soon and be an example to the world , BTW the ethnic groups in Ethiopia have a lot in common than the their difference but what they call the political elites makes the issue far but this days the people understand it very well that to leave the politces for the politicians rather focus on the other issues. let us wait until 2020 election

    i want everyone to understand that any kind of problem whether it is small or big happen in Ethiopia make the people of Ethiopia strong as iron that's our identity even our history says that.

    i hope we will meet after a year or two about a positive things happen in ethiopia

    Pray for ethiopia

    Peace to the World …………..

  76. moominaa abdu says:

    you are right bro , and abiy is our hero and great leader as well. Ethiopian will be great with great leader

  77. Abrham Tebkew says:

    How come Simon said nothing in the beginning about our “Independent” Past or the fact that we were the only independent and uncolonized country in Africa,Why Simon???

  78. Live for Justice says:

    Ethiopia will never be in a real democracy as long as this ethnic politics is there.

  79. Live for Justice says:

    It’s totally fake news made by the government of Ethiopia, there was no any attempt coups, it was a premeditated act of the ethnocentric government leader Who is standing only for one ethnic group the Oromos and he avoided those who could be a challenge for his dictatorship.

  80. Live for Justice says:

    There are a lots of people in prison because of their ethnicity and for being in an opposition parties.

  81. basliel seged says:

    Hi am from ethiopia and really enjoy your channel.But the videos you use to describe the country are as if you are purposefully looking for the worst part of the country.I hope this changes

  82. Carnivorous plant says:

    Canadian provinces also have the legal right to leave Canada. This was taken to the Supreme court when Quebec wanted to separate and was ruled legal.

  83. ibsa c says:

    i am ethiopian. yes we believe and love Abiy very much. He has done more than we expect. we understand that there are many challenges the past government has done and it might take time to sweep those dirty and harmful things. I always thank my God for giving us a leader like him in a time of crisis. We will be a democrat, peaceful and middle income country in a very short time.

  84. parinamo פארינאמו says:

    Friends! Russia is in deep trouble, extincting. Less then 90 millions of living here, while authorities either repeat fairy-tales about the quarter-century old statistics. With it's rulers, pushing the nation into the "friendly embraces" of terrible China. But if you say "Putin's regime", be acknowledged that it is the most part of rich people, who "fled" from Russia. Some of them made scandals before leaving Russia. Just to show off that they were opposition and therefore had to leave. Don't beleive them and don't provide them cooperation.

    I am not talking about common people. Most of the common people who'd fled ex-Soviet republics are victims. If they are not unexplainably rich.

  85. rita yetewahido says:

    I hope the whole world stand against Ethiopia to stop Ethnic federalism, otherwise minorities will be continued to be prosecuted. I hope this recist idea won't spread to other countries.

  86. Fahmy RBF says:

    I'm ethiopian their is alot of change now hopefully coming election will go well

  87. melesew bizuneh says:

    Great information but PM of Ethiopian is no longer messiah. His honeymoon is over and the coup attempt is total false they used that to destroy Amhara names around the world. That false accusations work bc u reported as coup . Anyway during his 1st year 4 to 5 million Ethiopia has been displaced bc ethnicity conflict.I think that showed his leadership is nothing but sweet promise that will never be achieved. Simple he is not fit to lead a lot of ppl die just this year.

  88. AJ says:

    Actually, Ethiopia has more than 84 ethnic groups and languages, not 13 ethnic groups.

  89. oceej0 says:

    Thank you for not ignoring Africa, we are part of the world and deserve some coverage.

  90. Kiros Aberra says:

    Is this guy one of the “none governmental group “ employee? He seems to be a bit happy simply because he kind of smelling that the country might be on the wrong way and his job is secured. Well, what do we expect from them they go to Africa poor and they come back home millionaires. I do not blame you guy but, my government!!

  91. Kiros Aberra says:

    Is this guy one of the “none governmental group “ employee? He seems to be a bit happy simply because he kind of smelling that the country might be on the wrong way and his job is secured. Well, what do we expect from them they go to Africa poor and they come back home millionaires. I do not blame you guy but, my government!!

  92. Biruk Endale says:

    It’s not just 13 languages 🤦🏾‍♂️ 83 languages do more research about Ethiopia before you release your video and ask elders, don’t just follow the media

  93. S G says:

    You are quite well informed for a white man.

  94. Feven Gutu says:

    He kept on saying 13 tribes.
    And oh God! From a person who has lived in Ethiopia for ever….! Now their is only one tribe ruling the country not three tribes I know in your part of the world people can say what ever they want with minimum consequences but here they become facts so please just check your facts a bit further than BBC & Alejezira.

  95. G H says:

    You forgot to mention the current political unrest always ignited by former power holder's. Overall I'll give you C+ for your report.

  96. Obsaa Abdalhalim says:

    Ethnic Oromos made coffee stew* for forever. To say Ethiopians recently started consuming coffee is a mistake. To say Oromos ruled is almost fallacy itself, until the removal of the DERG, publications in Oromo were illegal and suppressed.

  97. Akash Suresh says:

    Not complaining, but same footage. 0:44 of this video with 7:37 of EE video on DRC.

  98. papa papa says:

    Hold on, Hold on…did you just say they are the Founders of coffee but they didn not started drinking till recently?. Absolutely wrong!.

  99. Emperor Tikacuti says:

    ‪#Ethiopia as “Africa’s Yugoslavia” will ultimately collapse for the reason of ethnic hostilities arising throughout‬.

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