Ethio Somali Advocacy Council (ESAC) – Statement on the Untimely and Bogus TPLF Demonstration in Washington DC

August 5th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopian- American Adhoc for Democracy, an organization milking the resources of Ethiopian people and endorsed the killing machine of Woyane regime, is planned to stage so-called peaceful demonstration in Washington DC. (more…)

Ethiopian- American Adhoc for Democracy, an organization milking the resources of Ethiopian people and endorsed the killing machine of Woyane regime, is planned to stage so-called peaceful demonstration in Washington DC. As you all know organizing a successful peaceful demonstration, takes time, financial resources, energy and logistical support, but we, Ethio Somali Adhoc Council is working hard to expose these flows accolade of Woyane regime. We have to illustrate a few key points that Woyane invisible hand is orchestrating this demonstration: Terrorism, Blue Nile, china and fake Economic prosperity under TPLF regime. Evidences indicate that the motif of these cadres are mounted the demonstration to stamp and finalize its bogus and one party election of 2010 of Woyane regime.

First, many commentators and particularly Somalis of Region five in the global Diaspora pay no attention to the fact that the name ‘Ogaden’ is, rightly or wrongly, associated with majority rule by the Ogaadeen clans, respectively with their claim for power within the Somali Regional State. Since the introduction of ethnic-based administration by the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in 1991, Somalis and other ethnic groups in Ethiopia came to perceive ethnic identity and territorial claims as one and the same. The region’s non-Ogaadeen clans, including non-Ogaadeen Darood, Isaaq, Dir and other genealogical groups, strongly refute the ‘Ogaden’ label for their region, fearing that it rhetorically justifies Ogaadeen domination. EPRDF is hatching a hatred among Somalis Ethiopian laong the line of clans by working only with the secession ONLF and the terrorist organization UWSLF. Both of these organizationa are the enemy of Ethiopian Somali people in Ethiopia.

EPRDF conceived and pretended ethnic federalism as the institutional strategy to achieve development yet it failed to deliver the widely expected benefits for a majority of region 5’s inhabitants. In terms of public infrastructure and service delivery (education, health, roads, security etc.) the region fares worse than both Ethiopia’s regions and neighboring Somaliland and Somalia. The potential advantages of ethnic-based decentralization did not trickle down sufficiently to the rural masses in the Somali periphery. Popular frustration with and ill-will towards the government are a result of this failure. On top of this harship, EPRDF is changing the socalled leaders every year and pit one Somali clan against the other one.

On the other hand, the Somalis versus Ethiopians stereotype projects an image of internally homogenous groups. This is not the case, neither on the Somali nor on the Ethiopian side. The notorious political infighting between Somali clans, particularly between Ogaadeen and non-Ogaadeen clan coalitions, is a case in point. Similarly, Ethiopia’s ethnic diversity and the at times contradictory federal policies towards region 5 challenge the idea of two uniform blocs. A closer look reveals that multiple conflict lines fueled by political, economic and genealogical logics co-exist within region 5.7 Both sides, EPRDF cadres and Somali-Ethiopian politicians, have skillfully exploited these conflict lines to extract political spoils for their own constituencies.

TPLF is working hard to hide its atrocity and massacre in Somali Region is playing the card of fighting terrorism. The irony of the history that last week EPRDF has singed an agreement with UWSLF which was a wing of Al Tihad , member of al Shabaab. Therefore, how on earth, EPRDF is claiming to fight terrorism, but is working with UWSLF, a terrorist organization.
It is imperative to recall that the ESAC had struggled against the feudal imperial regime and the Marxist Military regime of Ethiopia. It also is important to remember that after the downfall of the military regime, Soon after the ESAC was forced by the TPLF to withdraw from the Transitional Government, the TPLF Leaders wishfully declared to the whole world that it has annihilated the ESAC. The TPLF regime could not and cannot annihilate the ESAC because the ESAC is an embodiment of the Somali people’s political expression and, therefore, enjoys their overwhelming support. This had been publicly expressed during the Transitional Period.

Having terribly failed to deprive the true and genuine organization, ESAC of the unflinching support of the Somali people, the TPLF maliciously and opportunistically labeled it as a “terrorist organization” and embarked on the defamation of the UWSLF, an organization that is created by Woyane. The target was to undermine the objectives of the Somali people’s struggle for self-determination, which has the goal of justice, freedom, democracy and progress. The TPLF regime’s objective of labeling the genuine Ethiopian Somali organization is to tarnish the international image and standing of ESAC and to isolate the legitimate cause of the Somali people’s struggle. For the project of defaming and isolating the, the TPLF has allocated a huge budget and has assigned a full time staff of several hundreds of agents, including highly paid lobbyists. To date, the TPLF regime’s wicked effort to defame the ESAC did not succeed.

The TPLF regimes’ accusation of the ESAC makes sense only to its leaders and lackeys. The TPLF never had internal legitimacy. The overwhelming majority of the people in Ethiopia lend no credence to what the TPLF Regime says. Therefore, international community, in general, and donor Governments in particular, are the targets of the manipulation malicious and trumped-up charges against the ESAC.

There is a pattern of timing in TPLF regime’s malicious accusation of the ESAC. In general the TPLF regime accuses the ESAC to either deflect the people’s attention or to gain the donors’ attention. It accuses the ESAC when it believes it is internationally conducive to make such labeling stick or when the regime’s internal/domestic political challenges soar or crisis worsens. These days, the TPLF regime is engulfed in crises. The country’s economy is ailing of a sky rocketing inflation and the largest majority of the people are hardly making ends meet. The imperialistic and adventurous aggression and occupation of Somalia has become a quagmire to the TPLF army and it appears that there is no strategy for victory or exit. The Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, continuous making contradictory and confused statements in this regard. The secret boundary demarcation agreement or deal that the TPLF regime made with the Government of Sudan is facing a strong opposition from the Ethiopian People. The undemocratic June 2010 national election have transformed the TPLF regime from the de facto one-party to a de jure one-party- TPLF/EPRDF tyrannical rule. Now, Emperor Meles Zenawi is more naked.

It is also worthy of note that it is a practice and custom of all Ethiopian regimes to label, mischaracterize and defame all political forces opposed to their tyrannical rule. It is a known fact that the predecessor of the incumbent regime had labeled TPLF and its leaders, among others, Meles Zenawi, “terrorist and mercenaries of the Arab Countries.” One, therefore, should not give credence to or be surprised by the TPLF regime following in the footsteps of its predecessors and labeling, mischaracterizing and diabolizing the ESAC. Finally, we would like to reiterate, emphasize and put to rest this issue that the ESAC is neither a terrorist organization, as labeled by the tyrannical regime of Ethiopia, nor does it endorse terrorism as a means of political struggle. The ESAC expresses and struggles for the legitimate political aspiration of the more than thirty million people of the Somali nation. The fabricated and repeated accusations of the tyrannical TPLF regime against ESAC is hollow and, hence, cannot depreciate the good name/record of the ESAC or the legitimate struggle of the Somali people for self-determination, liberation, justice, democracy, peace, economic, social and cultural development.

Last, but not least, Ethiopian Somali are fighting for the unity of Ethiopia, the individual right of all Ethiopian, the equal right of all Ethiopia regardless of its ethnic group and we are urging all peace loving international community to expose the TPLF regime and its cadres that are moving its atrocity and human right abuse to Western capital. Shame on us to allow TPLF and its cadres to misuse the freedom in Washington DC.

Victory to the Ethiopian People
Ethio Somali Advocacy Council
August 5, 2010

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