GEELJIRE WITH NO GEEL
Are they are completely sanctioned by the government? Calling it a recipe for disaster is as positive of a spin I could put on what you just said. Though the cynic in me draws a much different conclusion. Why is the government calling on makeshift militias to enforce a domestic 'security operation' as they put it? Non-regional, armed and private groups and individuals are being enlisted to bring peace to another region? At this stage I feel like it is disingenuous to call it anything other than a war on the region. Yes, the dismantlement of the TPLF is the goal - but they're not mutually exclusive.Militias are mostly ordinary law abiding farmers and are only called when they are needed. Normally they are just ordinary farmers who are elected by the community to function as militia in time of need. In a vast country like Ethiopia, the government can't afford to pay a huge standing police force so the militias fill in the gap. Mostly they get some basic training and use their own private AK-47. They are only called in a time of need for a brief span of time and then go back to their ordinary job.
The phenomenon is more pronounced and seen in Amhara region because ordinary Amhara farmers have a culture of owning guns. It is like the US, almost every Amhara farmer owns a gun. That means nothing. It is mostly used to protect one's own family and relatives and also is used as fireworks in weddings, funerals etc. This culture has a long tradition and no government until now could successfully disarm Amhara farmers. Derg and TPLF tried many times but failed. For the Amhara farmer giving up his gun is unthinkable.
When you see militias, know they are under the command of the Liyu police or local police. In the current war against TPLF they were integrated under the command of the army and the Liyu force. They are not wild criminals who roam and do whatever they want even though that is what haters try to portray them on social media. They are just ordinary farmers who own their own guns legally and are activated only in time of need.
Under which regional liyuu police are these militias operating?