This is an English language translation of a Facebook post penned by journalist Fitsum Berhane writing from Mekelle.
The Martyrs’ Monument was deliberately targeted for destruction because of its unique place as a monument for the history of the armed struggle of the people of Tigray. This is cultural genocide.
In an address to the press, explaining why the Ethiopian forces had withdrawn from Mekelle earlier this week, PM Abiy made startling claims about the war on Tigray.
Not only did Tigrayan religious leaders decline the invitation to meet with the delegation from Addis Ababa, the people of Mekelle registered their protest through various acts of civic disobedience, including blocking roads, and staying at home.
My heart breaks for my beloved Tigray, and my heart starts to hold a grudge. I know this is a feeling that many share, and I am scared that with the grudge, slowly creeps in the need for revenge and hate. I don’t want to see my beloved Tigray destroyed by hate and the need for revenge
Information coming out of Mekelle is grim. People are afraid of talking about the details of what happened to them during the shelling of Mekelle. Some said 'what happened on…