Canada and “the butchers” – By Brodie Fenlon (Globe and Mail)

June 23rd, 2010 Print Print Email Email

A quick taxi ride this morning suggests the Harper government will have to mend relationships with at least some people in one of Canada’s immigrant communities after the G8/G20 summits. (more…)

A quick taxi ride this morning suggests the Harper government will have to mend relationships with at least some people in one of Canada’s immigrant communities after the G8/G20 summits.

My driver, an Ethiopian-Canadian whose name I didn’t get on the 10-minute ride, nearly spat with disgust when I raised the topic of the G20.

“They invite the butchers here. Why? Why they bring butchers to Canada?” he asked in heavily accented English.

He spoke with disdain of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who seized power in an armed takeover in 1991 and whose party most recently won a landslide election in May. Many observers, including Human Rights Watch, said the election was marred by government intimidation, threats and pressure on the electorate.

Mr. Zenawi is one of a half-dozen African leaders invited to the June 25 summit in Muskoka, Ont., as part of an outreach to African countries.

My cabbie recalled the last Ethiopian election in 2005, which led to angry protests and a violent crackdown by government security forces. An estimated 200 people were shot dead.

“We come here because Canada is a democratic country. Then they invite him … Why?”

  1. Asrat
    | #1

    That is true ,he is the butcher and canada is inviting him to G-20 meeting. He is a wanted man accused by ICC for a genocide he commited to Ogaden people and Anuak tribs. It is amazing. this person should be in a court at Huage not in Canada. would the world say some thing. This prime minister has thousends in jail. He kild hundreds and thousends unknown no jornalist or foriegn media is allowed in Ethiopia.Canada should stop its double stanadard.

    May God bless you my friend for speaking out for helpless people. Please, reffer to Amnesty international, human rights watch and US state department report about this country and this butcher.

  2. Tilahun
    | #2

    “The inflated ego of tyrant (here is Meles) is a curse to himself and his world – no matter how his affairs may seem to prosper, self-terrorized, fear-haunted, alert at every hand to meet and battle back the anticipated aggressions of his environment, which are primarily the reflections of the uncontrollable impulses to acquisition within himself, the giant of self-achieved independence is the world’s messenger of disaster, even though, in his mind, he may entertain himself with human intensions, wherever he sets his hand there is a cry ( if not from a housetops, then-more miserably- within every heart): a cry for the redeeming hero: ( here is Bertukan Mideksa) the carrier of shining blade, whose blow, whose touch, whose existence, shall liberate and restore the land in her image.”

    Here one can neither stand nor lie nor sit
    Here is not even silence in the mountains
    But dry sterile thunder without rain
    Here is not even solitude in the mountains
    But red sullen faces sneer and snarl
    From doors of mudcracked houses”

    Writes Joseph Campbell the World’s famous classics “Hero with thousand faces”.

  3. kiflu
    | #3

    The west cares about its interest not about human rights in Africa.The bucher of Addis Ababa(Meles) is a mercinary puppy and that is why Canada invited him to the meeting.Shame on Canada.

  4. Mr. Balcha
    | #4

    God bless you. Meles is a criminal and tug.He deserves humiliation and spit on his face.He is the most dangerous person in Ethiopia.We have to liquidat him where ever he is.

  5. Mr. Balcha
    | #5

    God bless you. Meles is a criminal and tug.He deserves humiliation and spit on his face.He is the most dangerous person in Ethiopia.We have to liquidate him where ever he is.

  6. Eritrawi
    | #6

    Ha ha ha Ethiopia a poor country with 12 mil starving people = G20…..I’m laughin….A begger and his Masters….lol

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    That is why the solution that will bring this injustice to an end is in our hands. As long as their interests are well looked after, western governments don’t really care about atrocities being committed by african rulers. They either directly or indirectly colaborate with the brutes. Freedom to Ethiopia and its people.
    Dereje

  8. TIHETENA SOLOMON
    | #8

    WHY DID THE DONOR NATIONS IGNORED THE SUFFERING AND CRY OF THE PEOPLE AND SIDING WITH DICTATORS ???? ITS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY TO COLLABORATE WITH GENOCIDER .
    WE MUST SEEK ALTERNATE SOLUTIONS SINCE OUR CRY FALLS ON DEAF’s EAR -ZENAWI PERSONALLY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MASSACRE OF THE 400+ ANUAK MINORITIES ,THE MASSACRE OF ATLEAST 200 STUDENTS PROTESTORS FOR EXPRESSING THEIR DISGUEST BY PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS FOR HIS 2005 ELECTION FRAUD IN ADDIS ABABA IN 2005
    ONLY THIS 2 CRIMES OUT OF NUMEROUS OF ZENAWI CRIMES MADE HIM ELIGIBLE TO FACE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT ,WHERE IS JUSTICE ??WHERE IS THEIR DEMOCRATIC ADVOCACY ??? WHERE IS THEIR CIVIL MANNER ? I GUESS THEY HAVE DIFFRED VALUES FOR DIFFRENT PEOPLE ROUND THE WORLD

  9. TIHETENA SOLOMON
    | #9

    WHY THE RICHEST NATIONS IGNORED THE MASS AND CHOOSE TO SIT AND PLAN WITH THE CHAMPION OF ETHNIC DIVISION,THE MESSENGER OF HATE ,THE MASTER OF ETHNIC WARLORSHIP—MELES ZENAWI ?????

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    I just saw photos of Meles sitting next to Obama on another website. Literally Nauseating and disgusting pictures. Republicans must have been the ones who arranged the sitting arrangements to make Obama look bad. I feel awful for Obama for sitting next to a world known Human Rights Abuser, a liar, a looter and most of all a mass murderer in Ethiopia and Somalia.

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