Melbourne, 12th December 2021 

While the anti COVID-19 vaccine mandate and pandemic restrictions rally were happening at Melbourne’s Parliament, where people where demanding for their human rights not to be taken away, there was another group of people gathering, patiently waiting for space to be given. 

The group of Ethiopian and Eritrean people came together peacefully with smiles on their faces but sadness in their eyes. For what was going on in their home country is certainly a violation much greater than having to show proof of vaccinations or having to stay home to save their lives from a pandemic. 

Civil War has broken out in Ethiopia since the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has lost power who ruled the country for almost 3 decades in a dictatorial manner. The first democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, who has freed political prisoners, united the various tribe, implemented climate initiatives and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 has been met with a military uprising by an American funded TPLF who have previously been deemed a terrorist organisation. 

The war began when the TPLF attacked the northern Ethiopian military which was protecting Tigray for over 25 years. TPLF killed over 30,000 while they were sleeping. Ethiopia had to retaliate  Ethiopians were angry over the killing, the Prime Minister had no choice but to send the troops to reinstate law and order. The TPLF captured the capital and appointed a new administration in Tigray. They withdraw from Mekele but they didn't stop there, then again started attacking their neighbors like Amahara and the Afar region. Ethiopians are now very bitter against TPLF groups. Ethiopians are not against the people of Tigray but the leaders of TPLF, whoever is protecting the TPLF leaders will be brought to justice.

This demonstration is certainly not a demonstration against the people of Tigray, as some of the Tigrayans stand with Abiy and want to unite Ethiopia. It is a demonstration against the Western forces who have covertly influenced the minority tribe to cause children, men and women to be enslaved into fighting a war they think is theirs, but in fact plays into the hands of the Western forces to divide and conquer. The West has lost its supply of resource, looting Ethiopia spanning 27 years.  The West is using their media and political influence to bring down an officially elected government. 

Abiy has no choice but to respond with the Ethiopian military. The Ethiopians and Eritreans want the war to stop. They stand in solidarity for unity to say #NoMore and #HandsOffEthiopia to the West interfering in Africa’s political climate. Ethiopia has never been colonised but it has not stopped the West from trying. It is rich in natural resources and strategically located geographically. It is part of the Horn of Africa, the home of one of the world’s oldest forms of Christianity before the Western civilisations claimed it. 

Ethiopians and Eritreans have been rising up around the world. But hardly anyone is listening. The Western news agencies are skewed in their reporting but only the people connected to the mother land are aware of what is going on. This is not a fight against Tigray and their people. The people want to be united. They stand in solidarity, this is a fight against the powers that be. The revolution will not be televised. 

In support of our Ethiopian and Eritrean friends, to help their family and friends in the motherland who have been displaced by war, we are offering our Yoga Therapy services for Non-NDIS participants.

Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner.  Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.

- TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar

Every Sunday 3pm

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1 session - $25

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