Tigrayan community calls for an end to the war, Australian arms sales to Ethiopia

Tigrayan community mobilises on July 8. Photo: Alex Salmon

More than 100 members of Western Australia’s Tigrayan community marched on July 8 to protest the war being waged against Tigray since November 2020.

The Ethiopian National Defence Forces are fighting alongside the Eritrean Army and regional forces against Tigray.

More than 500,000 civilians have died in this conflict and 6.8 million people are in need of food.

Despite the region being subject to more than 600 days of media blackout, there are reports of ethnic cleansing against the Tigrayan community. European Union High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles said: “We receive consistent reports of ethnic-targeted violence, killings, massive looting, rapes, the forceful return of refugees and possible war crime.”

Protesters carried placards calling on the Australian government to stop selling ammunition to Ethiopia.

[Follow the United Tegaru Australia Instagram page for more information on the campaign.]


Photo: Alex Salmon