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Freedom to Organize, Assemble and Speak in Ethiopia Right Now!

Freedom to Organize, Assemble and Speak in Ethiopia Right Now!



by Tedla Asfaw

We all die when the time comes. One thing which will not die is what as human being we contributed toThe national flag of Ethiopian humankind including to our own people. Meles Zenawi died this morning August 21, 2012 according to the government controlled media due to illness for the last two months. Foreign leaders are sending their condolences to the dictatorship in Addis Ababa. Most of them are praising Meles Zenawi as a developmental intellectual leader and the millions of Ethiopians who have no freedom to speak/ cry or assemble are saying little. Preparation for North Korea type burial ceremony is expected with the participation of West and China.

Quite to the contrary when the Ghanaian President John Atta mills died last month the people of Ghana were in front to grieve for their democratically elected leader not foreigners who care for their own interest.Prime Minster Odinga of Kenya was heard on BBC worrying for the ethnic fragmentation of Ethiopia. Al Shabab declared the end of Ethiopia as a country. Both do not know Ethiopia or Ethiopians. They need to go back and learn from history.

Prime Minster Odinga and Al Shabab should not worry about Ethiopia’s fragmentation because the West is going to perpetuate the system of Developmental State of TPLF to continue at the expense of Freedom. “We need Freedom, Freedom we need Freedom more than Food ” the shout by Journalist Abebe Gellaw at Regan Building on May 18 in DC, G8 conference on Food Security, is a cry of more than 90 million Ethiopians right now.

Foreign powers, West, China and Saudi Arabia should not be in business of picking rulers for Ethiopia. The day of using Ethiopian soldiers to fight war in Horn of Africa has to come to end. The taking away of land to feed their own people like what India and Saudi Arabia are doing is over. The day of using Ethiopia to get influence in African Continent to exploit its resource as China is doing must end.

America and Britain has backed Meles Zenawi for last 21 years that has ended today and we will not allow another Meles Zenawi to be cultivated in our country. “Intelligent leader” of Ethiopia is gone and it is we Ethiopians who have to pick our own leaders in a free and fair election. Our future leaders are accountable to the people of Ethiopia not to foreign powers. Former defense minster Seye Abraha was saying on BBC today that the current system of rule in Ethiopia is not sustainable.

Ethiopians did test what Freedom means for brief period in 2005 election. They entertained different views and participated in debates like any civilized world. They stood politely for long hours to cast their vote. We all know what happened after that. Meles Zenawi has put Ethiopia under martial law since then by killing more than 200 and jailing ten thousands. Ethiopian jails are now full of opposition leaders, journalists and human right activists.

Opening up the TPLF jails is the first thing to do if Seye Abraha reconciliation has any chance of success under the fake Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegne who is now manipulated behind the scene by Meles Zenawi loyalist in TPLF. All the illegal proclamation to terrorize the Ethiopian people has to be repelled immediately and the right to organize and assemble must be allowed immediately.

Diaspora based medias and movements have to function freely in Ethiopia starting today. Ethiopia can not be the China of East Africa as the West and China designed it for the last twenty years. Freedom for Ethiopia and Ethiopians is much worth than foreign aid. The more than 4 billion foreign aid every year without including Food Aid did not help improve our people lives. Ethiopia is still a beggar nation !!!!!

Ethiopian refugees running from Ethiopia are now in millions and all those people will go back to their country if there is justice and freedom in Ethiopia. The so called stability of the Horn will not be realized by feeding and financing the Apartheid regime of Ethiopia. Divisive and discriminatory regime of TPLF should be the thing of the past.

Yes we need Freedom more than food or Fake Stability. The West never cared for the Arab people Freedom and instead backed the dictatorship in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Except Saudi Arabia the rest are on their way to get their dignity by empowering their people. Ethiopia should not be different. The fragmented opposition has responsibility to lead the struggle without any excuse.

Change only comes by engaging the public at a great sacrifice. It is time to come out in public and demand freedom of press and assembly right now. Let us be jailed or killed for that. Let us be judged by what we do than by what we say in foreign capitals. The people of Ethiopia are ready for that as we all witnessed since January of this year by peaceful protest of the Ethiopian Muslims to get their dignity. Yes we will get our dignity as people.

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