Ethiopians in Metro Washington area held sucessful Solidarity Protest

March 2nd, 2011 Print Print Email Email

On Sunday the 27. February, a large number of Ethiopians, with spouses, friends, and children, came out to the White House starting 2pm, to demonstrate against continuing oppression their brothers and sisters in Ethiopia are subjected to, and to denounce unquestioned support of Meles by the U.S. administration. They held signs like those reading “Yesterday Tunisia, Today Egypt, Tomorrow Libya, and the Day after Tomorrow Ethiopia”, or a humourous photograph of Meles and Mubarak, with Mubarak saying “You won’t escape either”. It was a colourful, festive gathering full of energy, with chants and calls for Meles to soon join Mubarak and Ben Ali into retirement. Two new and powerful speakers joined the rally. They were Dr. Abel Kebaish, orthopaedic surgeon and activist, and Prof. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, who teaches sociology at the Drew University Centre in New Jersey, and had been imprisoned in 2000 for three years, as well as tortured, by the Mubarak regime. Both speakers made the compelling argument in their speech that a change to democracy through people power is not a one-event affair, nor is it a few events which take place in a few weeks. Instead, it is a process that must be continued even after the dictator has been deposed. The road to democracy may face many stumbling blocks and even saboteurs, and it needs to be continuously cleared and guarded, for democracy to become fully realised.

March 4 Freedom,

    | #1

    በርቱ ! በርቱ! ወገኖች

    | #2

    we have to say enough 20 years of dictatership in ethiopan has to END NOW THROUGH THIS EGPTAN REVOLUTION

  3. አበበ
    | #3

    ጥረታቸው አይከፋም!! ግን አሁንም ከግብፆች አልተማርንም? ውጪ ሀገር እንደሚታየው ሰልፍ ቢሆን ኖሮ የአፍሪካው ህዝባዊ አብዮት መጀመር የነበረበት ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ነበር:: የግብፁ አብዮት በራስ መተማመን ያለውን ጠቀሜታ ያሳየ አጋጣሚ ነው::

  4. Compromise
    | #4

    This trend of revolting together must enter Ethiopia. I think a well co-ordinated FDG (fincila diddaa garbummaa = non-violent popular uprising) of the Oromo people in co-operation with that of the other nations in the cursed Ethiopian empire is the best way of struggle to get rid of the fascist Weyane, as far as the Oromo are concerned! Actually the Oromo people have nothing to lose, if the expected revolution comes! One thing, beside many, in favour of the Oromo liberation movement is the fact that Weyane will leave Finfinne palace, only after securing its goal, i.e after securing an independence of Tigrai. Of course together with such move of Weyane, Oromia’s chance to get its independence is high. For this reason, both the Amhara conservative feudal lords and the Western protectors of the Ethiopian empire don’t want to see Weyane being cornered. They surely know that cornering Weyane is almost tantamount to disintegrating the empire. That is why, it is not the Oromo people, but firstly the Weyane itself, secondly the colonial minded Amhara conservative elites and thirdly their Western handlers, who do fear the coming of the revolution to Ethiopia. Thus, the democratic Amhara forces pushing for the revolution are not as such dangerous for the Oromo. If not Oromian independence per REFERENDUM, we can achieve Oromian autonomy through FEDERALISM within an Ethiopian union (FREEDOM of the Oromo people) as a result of the possible revolution.

    That is why Weyane cadres are nowadays very busy to hinder the revolution from taking place in the Ethiopian empire by using the fact that the peoples of the empire are not homogeneous, but different (the colonized and the colonizer), as an instrument of division and polarization. If the scare tactics, which they try to use, hinder the revolution, the only option we the colonized people do have is the anti-colonial armed struggle, on which we have to concentrate and invest most, even though it is a very difficult job, given the little support we do have from the international community. For the revolution possibilly not to take place, unfortunately also the pro-independence freedom fighters (the Oromo, Ogaden, Sidama… liberation forces) and the pro-unity freedom fighters (the Amhara, Gurage, Harari… patriotic forces) are still mistrusting each other. Both want to secure the direction of the move after the FREEDOM from Weyane (to secure the result after the revolution). The first bloc wants no reversal of the already achieved victory of a limited cultural autonomy on the way towards national independence (self-determination), whereas the second bloc wants to be sure that the empire stays intact and possiblly the process will be reversed back to the unitary country.

    But, why should these people worry too much about the situation after the revolution? Is the caution regarding the unity of the empire, which is lamented by the pro-unity freedom fighters, different from the scare tactics used by the Weyane cadres? The cadres go to Oromo forums and tell us the “worse will come = Amhara will take over and there will never be the reality of Aayyo Oromia, if you push for the revolution”; and then they go to Amhara forums and tell them “take care, the worse will come = OLF can take over and it will be the end of Imiyee Ethiopia, if you make a revolution”. Both Aayyo Oromia and Imiye Ethiopia are actually taken hostage by the Weyane. Whenever Oromo force is stronger, Weyanes threaten with the possibility of dismantling Oromia; and whenever Amhara force is stronger, they threaten with dismembering Ethiopia!

    Weyanes use the opportunity of such division among the opposition to threaten both camps of the freedom fighters. If the revolution should happen, the two camps of the freedom fighters need to be bold enough to take risk of losing their ideals after the revolution and live with a possible compromise solution: the first bloc should be ready to lose for instance Oromia, Ogadenia… and the second camp should be ready to risk Ethiopia! Otherwise, in short, Weyane is really lucky, there will never be any revolution; and getting rid of Weyane through election is of course minimal, that is why armed struggle then will be the only option left. If both the public uprising and the armed struggle are not effective, shouldn’t we then be ready to be ruled by Weyane for the next one century? In short the scare tactics, which the Weyane cadres nowadays are using in forums and paltalks are:

    - “if revolution happens, Amharas can take over and dismantle Oromia”
    - “if revolution happens, Oromos will be in power and dismember Ethiopia”
    - “if revolution happens, Weyane army is not like Tunisia’s army, but will massacre the civillians and take over power”
    - “if revolution happens, there can be a mayhem against the Tigreans, like that of Ruanda”
    - “if revolution happens, there will be absolute chaos and civil war among different ethnies”

    Are the freedom fighters from both blocs (pro-independence freedom fighters and pro-unity freedom fightrers) ready to tacle this scare tactics of Weyane? Can they agree on the middle ground: FREEDOM and REFERENDUM (on self-determination of citizens and nations)? Those freedom fighters, who just sing about the UNCONDITIONAL independence of nations must cool down and accept the public verdict, as well as those freedom fighters who now cry for UNCONDITIONAL unity also should learn to be moderates and accept the public verdict. That means both camps must agree on first to get FREEDOM from Weyane fascists and racists, and then democratically decide for either Independence or Unity per REFERENDUM. That means, only democratic independence or democratric unity (independence or unity based on public verdict) can be a lasting solution. We like it or not, all peoples in that region are interdependent, be it they decide for political Independence or for political Union. The political WILL of the peoples in the empire/region is what matters at the end!

    Unfortunately, there are still blind nationalists in both the Amhara and the Oromo camps, who yet couldn’t see the common CONVERGENT short term goal of the two BIG nations, i.e. the ‘FREEDOM from Weyane’s fascism’. Such blind nationalists concentrate on only their divergent long term goals: independent Oromia (Oromo’s goal) vs united Ethiopia (Amhara’s goal)! But the smart nationalists from both the Amhara and the Oromo camps are trying to forge an alliance to achieve together their convergent common short term goal and then to decide on their respective long term goals per public verdict (by REFERENDUM). The blind ones are too far from accepting and respecting the WILL of their respective public as a final verdict. That means, in short, the blind nationalists do preach democracy, which includes the referendum, but they are not yet ready to practice what they do preach! We hope the few smart and genuinely democratic nationalists in both camps, who try to practice what they do preach, will prevail to cooperate and make Weyane’s fascism be history! Here we also can call the blind nationalists as dictatorial nationalists. Those who want to achieve either ‘Independent Oromia’ or ‘United Ethiopia’ per public referendum are democratic Oromo nationalists and Amhara nationalists respectively. The others who just want to achieve their long term goal without a public verdict are purely dictators, who can talk about freedom and democracy, but know nothing what freedom and democracy really mean!

    Those of us, who do have a cognitive ability to imagine something in abstract way, let’s just try to imagine a very big letter ‘Y’ and try to distinguish four points on the letter (the bottom tip, the middle junction, the left top tip, and the right top tip). Then let’s imagine that the bottom tip is the status-quo of Ethiopian politics, where both the Amhara and the Oromo are under the TYRANNY of Weyane; the middle junction is a point for FREEDOM of both nations from the tyranny; the left top tip is the point of Oromian INDEPENDENCE; and the right top tip is the point for Ethiopian UNITY. Then let’s imagine that this letter ‘Y’ is a route of the liberation journy for both the Amhara and the Oromo from the tyranny, from their present common situation, towards their short term and long term goals. Can we imagine that these two oppressed nations do have a possibility to move from the bottom tip (point of tyranny) to the middle junction (point of freedom) together? This is our common route of the journey towards the common CONVERGING short term goal (kaayyoo). Then after will come the two DIVERGING routes towards two different and diverging long term goals of the two nations: the left top tip = Oromian Independence (long term goal of Oromo) and right top tip = Ethiopian Unity (long term goal of Amhara).

    Now if we could imagine this well, it is not hard to comprehend that we need the Amhara-Oromo alliance (the all-inclusive alliance) to move from the status-quo of tyranny to the point of Freedom, not to move together to the right top tip (together to the Ethiopian Unity goal of the Amhara) or together to the left top tip (together to the Oromian Independence goal of the Oromo people). After achieving our Freedom together, it is upto the Oromo public to decide per REFERENDUM which direction to move further: to the left top tip of Oromian Independence or to the right top tip of Ethiopian Unity. If the Oromo majority will choose to move to the right top tip, then our long term Kaayyoo will be similar to that of the Amhara. Otherwise, if the Oromo majority will choose to move to the left top tip, no Amhara can hinder the Oromo nation from achieving this Oromian Independence. In general, I think there are three main possiblle karaa (ways of struggel) leading us to bilisummaa (to FREEDOM or to netsaanet):

    - Armed Struggle, which was the karaa chosen by the OLF and by the other Oromo liberation fronts,
    - Popular Uprising, which is not yet tried in a well coordinated way, but now seems to be the upcoming option, and
    - Electoral Struggle, which was the karaa chosen by the OFC and by the other Oromo democratic federalists, despite the undemocratic nature of the Weyane in particular and that of the Abyssinian rulers of the the empire in general.

    From these three karaa, we have seen that both the Armed Struggle and the Electoral Struggle were not yet successful. The armed struggle is too slow because of the limited support from the so called international community and the electoral struggle failed due to the undemocratic nature of the empire and that of its brutal rulers. The option of the Popular Uprising was tried by only the Oromo students during the time span of 2000 – 2007 and by the Amhara urbanites after the “election” 2005 separately.

    Because of the hitherto un-coordination and un-cooperation between the different nations in the empire, specially due to the polarization of the Amhara and the Oromo, the fragmented popular uprisings up to now were not successful. But in the future, it seems that there is a hope for a possible alliance of these nations against the Weyane, which can be successful and also be a quicker way leading us to the bilisummaa. I think the combination of the above three karaa in an optimaly calculated and planned manner is the best way towards bilisummaa. That is why Weyane cadres nowadays do their best to hinder this REVOLUTION from coming and of course “our smart Afaan Oromo speaking/writing Weyane messangers” are trying to do their job among the Oromo, both here in the cyber world and in the real Oromo community! May Waaqa/Igzabiher help us all to understand these moves of both the foes and the friends!!

  5. Death to Woyanes!
    | #5

    Thank you my fellow Ethiopians, God bless you all for standing against tyranny and be the voice to the voiceless Ethiopians. I wish I was there with you guys, what a great feeling must be!
    March 4 Freedom–I beg and urge you to protest in front of British Embassy!

    In one way Britain freezes the Egyptian and Libyan dictators’ assets and at the same time Britain rewards more than 2 billion dollars to the Ethiopian dictator that has committed more crimes than Mubarak and Gaddafi and killed countless number of Ethiopians. I wonder if the disgraced Woyane tyrant Meles is bribing the Ambassadors in Ethiopia. There is no doubt that the British Intelligence Agency is well aware of Meles’s worst crimes against humanity, but sadly the British government has chosen to ignore the suffering of poor Ethiopians by the hands of one of the most inhumane dictator in the world. This is very disappointing and outrageous to say the least! Something smells very rotten!

  6. Gudu
    | #6

    This is not a successful demonstration since only few of the total people are participated. I know you will not post my comment b/c u’r are not democrat but pretend as you are democrate. Good luck

  7. Kush-Kush
    | #7

    The way I understand the Ethiopian movement is in its INFANTILE stage . Where is the leadership? It is a shame we are yearninig day and night to have parties and organize and lead us to dethrone the TPLF/EPLF tyrany and replace it with democratic government . But the so called parties are only in a name and their fight for fake greatness is the never ending process . What difference does it make basking and shouting infront of the White House? It seems Ethiopians in Washington area are becoming the laughing stock . To shake and overthrow the TPLF/EPLF tribalist, we need parties . Period . In the end, our movement looks like the government bonds that matures in 50(fifty) years .

  8. Zerayakob Yared
    | #8

    ለመሆኑ ሃምቡርገር የዋጡት ወፍራሞቹ የዲሲ ቱጃሮች የት ሄደው ነው እዚህ ለዓይናቸውም እንክዋን ሃምቡርገር ያላዩ የሚመስሉት ጩጬዎች ብቻ የተሰለፉት !? ወይንስ ሰልፉ በቅርቡ ወደ ዲሲ የገቡትን ጉስቁል ወጣት ኢትዮጵያውያንን ብቻ ኖርዋል የሚመለከተው ? መስቀል አደባባይ ላይ ሰልፍ ቢደረግም ይሄኑኑ ሊመስል ነው ማለት ነው ? የዲሲ ቱጃሮች! ልጆቻችንን እንዳታስጨርሱብን:: ልምድ ይሁንባችሁና ሰልፍ ሲደረግ የኮምፑተር አቀነባባሪ መሆኑን ተዉና ቀድማችሁ በአካል ፊት መሰለፍን ተለማመዱ!! አለበለዚያ ነገሩ ሁሉ የመንግስቱ ሃይለማርያም ‘ዳግመኛው ቴዎድሮስ’ አይነት ነገር ሊሆን ነው !!!

  9. Idiot dictator
    | #9

    Compromise, we don’t need your ethnic agenda. If you want an Oromia, you can go to the kenyan border and we will give you one. Stop dreaming of a place called finfine. It is Ethiopia. Finfine has never been Oromia dummy. So is not Nazret or Adama. Shut the hail up and be a black man or run to the border. If you dream of the Oromia border of Woyane, you will recieve an ice cream for it instead of the land. Go to school or History will verify that for you at the United Nations. Dreamer!

  10. Qulquwaal Asqami
    | #10

    Aite Idiot dictator from Dedebit,
    it is really good that Compromise di hit your Weyane nerve!

    Kush Kush,
    you think you are smart not to be detected as a Weyane dog! Fool ye Dedebit gexeree!

  11. Tolagna
    | #11

    Many,many thanks to all Ethiopians on the day you firmly stand for the people against the tribal dicator Meles Zinawi and the tugs surruounding him;it is now the enemy is sliding into the bottom of defeat and our love for all Ethiopians and for Ethiopia eternal existance,we all stood together in unity for what all knows,our struggle will end in victory.Amen.

  12. TAMRAT
    | #12

    Let’s stand together and free our country from this cruel regime.
    Melse regime no more and enough is enough. Will be next on to remove Melse regime.

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