The Tyranny of a Traitor: 35 years of the TPLF and 34 years of Meles – By Tesfay Atsbeha and Kahsay Berhe

February 18th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

The TPLF started the armed struggle on 18 February 1975. We would like to remember the tens of thousands of Ethiopians of all groups who lost their lives on this occasion. We would also like to raise the questions why the legacy of the martyrs of the TPLF has degenerated to tyranny, why their suffering has led to the perpetuation of suffering, why the people for whose freedom and welfare the young people gave up their lives are not free to join any organisation of their choice and why the people are not free to elect their own representatives.

Meles was one of those people who in 1975 went to start an armed struggle in Tigray, but who on his way to a military training of the EPLF fled from Asmara without informing his “friends” like Seeye and Aw-alom. Despite his untrustworthy behaviour (which was covered up by the leadership clique of the TPLF), Meles was not only allowed to rejoin the TPLF after some months but also promoted to a deputy leadership of the Front in 1976.

The Tyranny of a Traitor

Meles and his clique (this clique comprising of Meles, Abay, Seyoum, Sebhat and their followers is still intact and in power) were the main architects of the manifesto of 1976 for the secession of Tigray from Ethiopia and therefore for the disintegration Ethiopia. When Meles and his clique saw that they were not in a position to get support for their agenda of secession, they avoided the mention of secession and concentrated themselves on consolidating their power by isolating, purging and liquidating their real and imagined opponents. The clique replaced the word: “secession” with the ambivalent phrase of: “self-determination including and up to secession” in 1979. Nevertheless, the clique had no vision and no agendas for the whole of Ethiopia.

Since he came to power in the TPLF 34 years ago, Meles has made a unique accomplishment in the history of Ethiopia and probably in the whole World by grabbing absolute power and becoming a tyrant at a state level as a traitor. The secret seems to be the fact that we Ethiopians have not yet been able to get rid of the recurrence of individuals enjoying absolute power as long as the tyrants were natives. Meles appeared to have given up the idea of secession and exploited our vulnerability to tyranny by becoming a tyrant to accomplish his aims as a traitor. Therefore we have the unique combination of tyranny and treason.

Although the clique had denied the possibility of carrying out an armed struggle together with the Amhara elite, due to the latter’s alleged chauvinism, the TPLF started preparing the EPDM as a multinational marionette in 1980. This boils down to the fact that, that what the clique wanted was to avoid working with independently organised Ethiopian forces while it wanted to use Ethiopian puppets to come to power, endanger the existence of Ethiopia as a country, give away Ethiopian territories, divide and rule, commit crimes against humanity, war crimes, steal, rob, cheat and exploit.

The policy of endangering the existence of Ethiopia as a country by giving away Ethiopian territories (to Eritrea , the Sudan and leasing fertile land to foreign bidders) and the policy of divide and rule on the basis of ethnicity can be logically traced back to the treasonous manifesto of the clique. The crimes against humanity and the war crimes which have been committed beginning from Tigray all the way up to Mogadishu are the acts of barbarism of the tyranny. The acts of treason have only been possible because the traitor himself is a tyrant and those who are serving the tyranny are simultaneously committing acts of treason.

Cheating donors and withholding aid from famine victims

On the one hand, Meles does not hesitate to pay lip service to the victims of famine. On the other hand, he has been subjecting famine victims to slow and agonising deaths by formally seeing to it that the central committees of the TPLF and MLLT (they were/are not different, anyway) passed a decision to retain 95% of the aid. The leadership is guilty of mass murder by withholding life-saving donations from the starving millions. Such actions of cruelty to the victims also show the culture of telling lies and cheating the donors into believing that their aid is reaching the needy or helping them to cover up the fact and create the impression that they were helping the needy.

Collecting votes by force like taxation

The absolute control over the army which is the single decisive source of the power of Meles is also his highest achievement while it is the most humiliating defeat for Ethiopians, including the army itself. Without the army, no puppet organisation would have been created, no cadre ventured to harass the inhabitants of any village, no prosecutor framed a trumped-up accusation against innocent citizens, no kangaroo-court sent innocent people to prison etc. These entities and activities have been wreaking havoc and terrorising Ethiopians of all walks of life.

There is actually no need for Meles to organise the farcical elections as long as he can elongate his reign of terror, destruction and division with the help of the entities mentioned above. What Meles is doing with these farcical elections is sadistically forcing his victims to hand over their rights of voting to him to demonstrate that the victims accept his tyranny. The votes of the people can only be colleted by force, like taxation. How else can people voluntarily participate in such elections when they cannot organise themselves without fear of repercussions? How can opposition candidates organise people as long as they can be arbitrarily arrested, harassed and even be killed?

It is similar to the massacre of civilians by the regime in 2005 which was followed by the imprisonment of not the murderers but the members and leaders of CUD and others. The prisoners were forced to call themselves guilty, confirm it with their signature and ask for pardon. It is as if a criminal would physically attack an innocent person and force the latter announce that he deserved being attacked. It is like the sadistic obsession of Meles which is manifested in the imprisonment and suffering of the innocent judge Birtukan Midekssa, Chairperson of Unity for Democracy and Justice, UDJ; because she tells the truth, struggles for her own human dignity and that of her compatriots and does not accept patronization to please Meles.

If the farcical elections were elections in the real sense of the word, the first person to be disqualified would have been Meles himself due to his crime as a murderer in his polling district, Adwa. To Meles` former closest neighbours and well known victims from Adwa belong among others Shewit (Atsbeha) Dagnew and Teklu Hawaz who were also members of the leadership of the TPLF. Why and how could the people of Adwa vote for Meles from a moral point of view and how can elections ever be democratic if the top candidate is the most criminal person who cannot be accused in Ethiopia?

  1. aha!
    | #1

    Get out of the idea of hammering on one individual to make it look like it look like by removing him you alleviate the ethnic and seccessionist politics/ploicies that led to to the disintegration of Ethipoia will go away. You are only bluffing to make the others like Medrek with ethnic agenda and mirror image of TPLF/eprdf regime would be any different while the system for political and economic strangle hold as well as exploitation and gradual disintegration of Ethiopia is already in place and implicitely sustained by those parties with ethnic agenda.

    Since your complaints are not with individuals for violations of human right, which is in the hands of the international court, your complaints are tied to ethnic and sessionist politics. From that perspective, if you are inclined to save Ethiopia from disintegration talk about the dangers posed to the silent majority of Ethiopians first by the god father of ethnics and seccessionist politics of divide and rule, separate but equal policy of governace with ethnic dictatorship, promoting ethnocracy rather than democracy and denying the sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Second, the dangers posed by those parties with ethnic agenda as recepients of ethnic and seccessionist rights from TPLF/eprdf regime to the exclusion of individual rights and sovereignity of Ethiopia.

    The way you portray the Prime miniter makes him look invincible, without mentioning the insideos policies and laws inistituted by TPLF/eprdf regime, which unlike any other place in Africa, in addition to the supperficial charges you made by not elaborating on the basic charges mentioned above.

    Looking at the set up of the political parties from the perspective of ethnic and national agenda, that of Ethiopian nationalism, and Ethiopian Interset, the Sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, rather than few supreficial charges to one man and his cronies, will serve as better at resoving the poilical, economic crises as well as exploitaion of Ethiopia by TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises. The only way to resolve these crises is by colescing on the common goals for Unity, Territorial Integrity, and Soverignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians and the various strategies to achieve those goals in a coordinated fashion.

  2. dagne
    | #2

    I know you have to say something to be accepted by the Ethiopian community you are not a TPLF supporter, but don’t go to far by saying the TPLF gave land to Eritrea.

    stick to the truth

  3. dagnew
    | #3

    why didn’t you post my comment am i categorized as one of your so called TPLF OR SHABIA. if you are censoring what people have to say and you want them to comment what you want is very bad, bad idea. don’t you think you are behaving the same as the tplf or shabia. in my opinion if you have the chance to rule you will be worst than them. look at what you are doing you post only the one you wanted or you liked, that is what tplf is doing right now they put people in high position to think like them and wanted to act like them. go figure you are no difference than them.

  4. Studen
    | #4

    Meles proclaimed that no matter our enemies had trashed us in the face of history, we are victorious, however. My question is: WHOM HE ALLEGED “ENEMIES TO HIS GOVERNMENT” – THE ERITERIAN PEOPLE and all oppositions based in Asmera OR THE ETHIOPIAN peole and MEDEREK??. Any one who heared his statement on VOA is asked to clarify this notion of “enimity”. Thanks

    | #5

    I don’t know if Dagne read the part that says [[giving away Ethiopian territories (to Eritrea , the Sudan and leasing fertile land to foreign bidders)]]

    Aha – the article charges the click as [[ divide and rule on the basis of ethnicity can be logically traced back to the treasonous manifesto of the clique]]

    You guys can add on the article written but calling them a “bluff” is an called for.

  6. dagnew
    | #6


    thnx for posting my comment back.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Bravo Tesfay and Kahsai for speaking out against the Tyrant.How would you assist the muzzled people of Tigray to speak against Meles?

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