Opposition leader Beyene Petros in an interview on Thursday called “outrageous” the charges made by opponents that he advocated violent overthrow of the government.
He vehemently denied advocating violence and told VOA his comments at a political rally last Saturday were misrepresented by the TPLF officials. Beyene offered to provide a recording of the comments.
Ethiopia’s ruling party accused opposition groups of planning violence to topple the government if they lose next month’s election. Senior EPRDF official Tedros Hagos singled out the leader of the main opposition coalition, Medrek, and said “Beyene Petros is openly advocating armed struggle.”
Tedros Hagos said Beyene told a crowd he advocated armed struggle.
Listen to the interview in Amharic.