Birtukan has won twice !!!! – By Giday G
First of all, I would like to congratulate all Ethiopians who pushed to the limit to make Burtukan Mideksa free. We all are happy that she is back to her house to show the love of mother to her daughter and to help her aged mother. (more…)
First of all, I would like to congratulate all Ethiopians who pushed to the limit to make Burtukan Mideksa free. We all are happy that she is back to her house to show the love of mother to her daughter and to help her aged mother. Ethiopians in home and in abroad fought hard for the release of Burtukan and they also deserve applaud for the success. As all peace, justice and freedom lover people know it well; Burtukan Mideksa is a prisoner of conscience. Because of her firm stand for justice and freedom of speech, she became among thousands of Ethiopians who are victim of the tyranny regime.
I would expect that some people might be a little bit worried about the fate of Burtukan and raising suggestions about the way forward for her political struggle. I would say that let us give her a break and digest what was going in the country and in her party, UDJ. I am happy that she gave a press conference saying that she needs some time to react on different questions that all her supporters and opponents have in mind. However, in the mean time, I would like to urge Burtukan to collect information from unbiased sources and make her own decision about the direction to take in her future struggle for freedom and justice. I hope that she would stay firm to achieve for what she has sacrificed her life for.
However, I would like to say two things why I said she has won the tyrant twice. First, she won by refusing to back down for the dictators. They asked her to take back her words but instead she wrote all her opinions about the process of all CUD’s higher officials release form Kality on ‘Kale’ admitting that all of them including her asked a pardon. By refusing them to further explain about the issue, she showed this dictator as she would not afraid them. As a result, she was thrown into Kaliti jail. She was jailed not because of what she did (not) say but because she was the hope for the country: to unite the country, to give freedom, equality and justice for that country that did not have in history. However, by standing firm to what she believe in, she managed to expose how the tyranny regime is governing the people, the level of freedom of speech in the country, how much the dictators are above law and even how much they show disrespect to the constitution they developed and to the people as usual.
Second, by signing the ‘pardon request’ which is obviously written by the regime, she has showed the typical character of the regime to the world. These characters are inhumanity, cruelty and disrespectful to the nation and any kind of rules of law. Anyone who knows the injustice system in the country can understand as Burtukan never write suck kind of stupid things in the ‘pardon’ letter. But, by signing on that ‘pardon request form’, she has exposed their brutality to the rest of the world and ignites the fight for a freedom and justice.
While giving some time for Burtukan to think about her next political move, we should be able to show our full respect and support for what she has done in the past. In addition, we should not forget that there are thousands of innocent people in Ethiopian jails that are being tortured because of their race and/or political ideology. We should keep on fighting for those voiceless brothers and sisters in prison.
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