Heads Up Diaspora, The New Terrorism Law Is Dangerous For You Too – Joe Michael

August 6th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Since the new United States administration had showed a red light to the Ethiopian dictatorial regime with regards to arming its militaries, the regime has been busy plotting other measures in silencing its opponents. Recently, it adopted a new terrorism law that can harshly throw its opponents and critics to jail. (more…)

Since the new United States administration had showed a red light to the Ethiopian dictatorial regime with regards to arming its militaries, the regime has been busy plotting other measures in silencing its opponents. Recently, it adopted a new terrorism law that can harshly throw its opponents and critics to jail.

According to the new law, even a peaceful citizen who doesn’t report a terror activity, whether he/she was aware of it or not, historically terror in Ethiopia could be peacefully assembling to criticize the government, could face a serious penalty. A journalist that interview, publish, meet, etc. with someone who is doomed by the government as a terrorist, again keep in mind that the government has been dooming his critics as terrorists, will be punished with rigorous imprisonment of 10 to 20 years.

It is to be recalled that in the aftermath of the 2005 election, special military squad killed close to 200 innocent civilians using U.S. made humvees that was given to Ethiopia by the Bush administration for a purpose of fighting terrorism. The regime also doomed all main opposition leaders as terrorists and imprisoned them for two years. Their crime was basically winning the election.

The new terrorism law also requires Ethiopians to report all foreign nationals in their homes, including Ethiopian born foreign nationals who would go back home to visit their families. This simply means that families must report their loved ones when they return home, or they will face serious punishments, perceptibly if they are pro-oppositions.

Even though terrorism was misinterpreted and misused in Ethiopia long before the new law, it is now going way out of hand. Like one opposition member said, the new terror law it self terrorizes Ethiopians in that it gives infinite power to the government to make 80 million Ethiopians terrorists any time it wants to. The only terror act that is not punishable by the new law is having a dream about terrorists (oppositions), which no one yet would dare to tell it.

What is terror anyway? Who are real terrorists in Ethiopia? Aren’t the terrorists those who are killing innocent, unarmed civilians? Aren’t terrorists those who kept opposition leaders and their supporters in jail without due process? Aren’t the terrorists those who cruelly shot and killed hundreds of civilians, women, and kids
in 2005?

Well, heads up Diaspora, next time you want to go back to Ethiopia, you should know that you are not only taking dollars to your family, you are placing them in trouble too. Get registered, or your family will be doomed as terrorists.

  1. Guest
    | #1

    The terrorist law is only a recent version of the ‘red terror’ undertaken by the Derg government 25 years ago. Derg didn’t need promulgating any kind of law, it just did whatever it deemed necessary for its power without any supportive legal justification. The so-called ‘democractic’ ethnic-based government requires some law to commit all the atrocities it wants through its rubber-stump parliament. Almost every crime committed by the Derg governement, even more, has also been committed by the Woyane governement but under the cover of a law. So,in all spirit and meaning the new terror-law is a preparation for newer version of ‘Red Terror’ on opposition party members and dissident Ethiopians.

  2. sintaye
    | #2

    this funny we are being terrorazide by so call our own government?

  3. Mehari Berhe
    | #3

    There are many selfish persons in the Diaspora who are doing business with the ethnofascist regime of Meles Zenawi. These selfish souls do not mind about the flagrant violations of human rights being committed by the ethnofascists in Ethiopia. The case in point is the continuing incarceration of Birtukan and many other well meaning Ethiopians which calls for the cooperation of genuine Ethiopians. But we only see a relatively small number of Ethiopians voicing their concern and opposition to the repressions and violations of the ethnofascist regime of Meles Zenawi. History will severly judge the greedy and sale outs who are showing indifference and even cooperating with the ethnofascists for the sake of mini-benefits.
    We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Birtukan and all other prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia!!!
    Down with ethnofascism and its discriminating and racist policies!!!

  4. Joseph
    | #4

    Well reported Joe,

    This is what we have been saying, writing, and shouting about since 1993 when understood the essence of Woyane. But no body seemed to take it seriously. Now, when it comes to individual home, it is going to tickle everyone. Still not too late, let us wake up and fight the discredited mercinary regime of Meles Zenawi!!

  5. Egzio Meharene Christos
    | #5

    Yes,

    She cannot be respectful girl, a wife and lovely mother. She is not born for these natural reasons to any female species. She is ugly from outside as well as from inside that no one needs her except her ways is to be a killer, hater, liar and destroyer like her parents. She is grown up not playing with Toys, hearing love and respect but Guns, Killing and hate against the innocents.

    This is the way she is born, grown up and making a lavish life in abroad and at home as well she wishes while the rest of the Ethiopian people are suffering as a result.

    This is a shame and a life time disaster to any normal human being to be seen this way all over the world. Instead of doing charity work, make up, respect, love and act as a lovely young woman who will be a lovely mother, she is busy with gun to kill the children born by Normal and true women/mothers unlike her mother who gave birth a child to become like her.

    I wonder how is look like the reaction of her classmates, teachers and any one associating with her especially in abroad…

    God is the Answer. These people are evil.

  6. Alex
    | #6

    let`s join Eritrean gevernement distroy weyane rigiem. what we wait brother? death for weyane. long live mama Ethiopia.

  7. getu
    | #7

    What is the big deal……….after all what she does is preparing herself for eventual ethnic conflict, which most likely Melese must be reminding here for eventuality………..she is after all, her father’s daughter……..like father like daughter

  8. perplexed
    | #8

    damn, is that Zenawi’s daughter? who is she firing at?

  9. Guest
    | #9

    To
    egzio, alex, getu, and perplexed,

    ጅሎች: You missed the message of the article, that is not at all about Meles’ daughter. Don’t play the fool!

  10. mateos
    | #10

    Isn’t it amazing or not! like mother-father! everytime that I see these faces of these subhuman looters, I feel crying on behalf on my brothers and sisters Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalians. While the beast’s father have special killers all over Ethiopia and here is his/their daughter practicing on how to be the next killer. ABUGIDA: I know you are doing a wonderful job informing the general public as to who is who amongst the weyane crime family but next time around and if possible please inform the general public as to WHAT THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE CRIME FAMILY ARE DOING IN EUROPE AND OTHER PART OF THE WORLD. We already have some evidence that the majority of them spent time oozing and woozing in the night clubs of the west with the blood stained Ethiopian resources. I just hope sooner than later all the looted resources go back to Ethiopia and the weyane crime family face justice with in an Ethiopian law. No ICC or African Uselesses (AU)

  11. Sami
    | #11

    Weyannes are Nazis. They are enemies of all human beings. We just don’t have any option, but stand against them. They are doing all these because they are confused. We should see them as confused bunch and push back and get ride of them. The first thing we should do isolate them. Once we isolate the disease, then it is easy to treat it. Weyannes choose to be disease and we have to find a way to treat them. And, I am sure we will. Because, it so natural to find a treatment for a disease. Human beings have been doing it through out of history. Now, in the process of enough of us identifying Weyannes as a disease, nothing more than that…

  12. ETHIOPIAWIT
    | #12

    ………..she who is she firing at?
    is after all, her father’s daughter……..like father like daughter

    WAKE UPP ETHIOPIANS, THIS IS A CALLING FROM OUR MATHER ETHIOPIA!
    GET RID OF THESE SCAVENGERS!

    GOD HELP ETHIOPIA, AMEN

  13. ወይ አገረ
    | #13

    እረ ሰዎችሂ እግዘኦ ብሉ ወይ ተመንጃ የዛችሀሁ አገራችሁን አደኑ ከማለካችሂን በፈት

    ተነስ የ እትዮፕያ ሊጅ!!
    ተነስ የ እትዮፒአ ሊጅ!!
    ተነስ የ እትህዮፒአ ሊጅ!!

    በ ወያነ ዘረኖችሂ ከማለካችን በፈት!!

    ደል ለ እትዮፒአ ሀዝበ !!!!!!!

  14. elis
    | #14

    Weyanes know who is coming and going when they issuse visas. Why do they need this law? Do not they trust their own system? Or is this simply to terrorize people?

  15. babu
    | #15

    Well articulated and I am afraid this will further keep most country loving citizens to stay away from the country. I am very much dissappointed by this regime and the promise of a generation is dashed.
    It seems the EPRDFE appears to be the only defender of the country. Hardly any opposition parties members agreed to this law and yet the government passed it using its majority. This kind of law requires concensus and broad agreement for it to truly become a good law; as it definitely affects citizens human rights and previledges given in the Constitution.
    It is also true most diaspora ethiopians support the opposition political parties and fronts and as such they are definitely in danger when they go home to visit; that is, anyone who wants to score a point may report them to the police and thus they may end up in prison, “until they clarify the case”.
    Joe thank you for this early warning.

  16. Belew
    | #16

    Guest :
    The terrorist law is only a recent version of the ‘red terror’ undertaken by the Derg government 25 years ago. Derg didn’t need promulgating any kind of law, it just did whatever it deemed necessary for its power without any supportive legal justification. The so-called ‘democractic’ ethnic-based government requires some law to commit all the atrocities it wants through its rubber-stump parliament. Almost every crime committed by the Derg governement, even more, has also been committed by the Woyane governement but under the cover of a law. So,in all spirit and meaning the new terror-law is a preparation for newer version of ‘Red Terror’ on opposition party members and dissident Ethiopians.

    >That is the realty I love this comment …Not only that anti-terrorism Law is the internal sight of the constitution which never written clearly. If you want know what the constitution means
    this draft it tells you all. Be aware !the dog is out.Thank you

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