The social networking site Facebook has deleted a post by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calling on his compatriots to take up arms against the rebels of the Tigres People’s Liberation Front and “bury” the “terrorists”.
According to Facebook, Abiy Ahmed violates the company’s policy against inciting violence. Two years ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to ending the Ethiopian-Eritrean war.
But since last November, the acclaimed prime minister has been embroiled in a bloody conflict in the northern province of Tigray that has already killed thousands, pushed hundreds of thousands to the brink of famine and displaced more than 2 million people hunted.
In that context, with the rebels of the Tigres People’s Liberation Front TPLF appearing to be advancing towards the capital Addis Ababa and the conflict spreading to the rest of the country, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has delivered some remarkable speeches in recent days and also placed an appeal to the population on Facebook.
Among other things, Abiy Ahmed called on the population to take up arms against the advancing Tigrese rebels because they threatened to push the country to destruction. He urged citizens to “organize and march legally with weapons and power to prevent, reverse and bury the terrorist TPLF”.
Facebook has now removed the post from its network for going against the social networking site’s policies against inciting and supporting violence. It was previously announced that Facebook had previously warned that armed groups in Ethiopia are using its platform to incite violence against ethnic minorities.