Protesters call on Gordon Brown to stop financing Ethiopia’s ruthless tyrant – Ethiomedia
Hundreds of Ethiopians on Wednesday said Ethiopia’s ruthless tyrant Meles Zenawi deserves to stand before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and not represent Africa at the Climate Talks. (more…)
Hundreds of Ethiopians on Wednesday said Ethiopia’s ruthless tyrant Meles Zenawi deserves to stand before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and not represent Africa at the Climate Talks.
The protesters called on Western governments to stop extending aid to a man who has held a nation of over 80 million people hostage to his divisive and destructive politics of ethnicity.
The activists, who included elders and youths braving a severe London weather, chanted that history will judge [British Prime Minister] Gordon Brown, for financing someone who has committed genocide, perpetuated repression and poverty. The demonstrators also called for the release of Birtukan Mideksa, the prominent opposition leader widely regarded as the female Mandela of Ethiopia but has been thrown in jail for over a year.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been in power since 1991, when he single-handedly lobbied for UN support to recognize Ethiopia as a landlocked nation, and has ever since committed serious crimes, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and what is known as the Gambella Genocide.
In the aftermath of the 2005 election, Zenawi forces killed at least 200 protesters in Addis Ababa while jailing the entire opposition leadership, and ran five detention camps each of which housed tens of thousands of opposition supporters, a measure very harsh even by African standards.