TPLF’s Propaganda Tour in North America Foiled by Ethiopians
The Ethiopian Diaspora protected its home turf by successfully foiling TPLF’s disinformation campaign to divert the attention of the people of Ethiopia from the impending uprising that is brewing against tyranny at home.
The April 9th and 10th road show of the so-called Growth and Transformation Plan of Meles Zenawi, has just ended up in a total failure. In almost all of the 13 cities the delegations were received with noisy protest rallies.
The actual meetings had a number of difficulties. There were cancellations, disruptions and interruptions. On the average, the meetings started about 2 hours late. Less than one percent of the Ethiopian Diaspora in North America attended these sham meetings. The auditoriums were not filled to their capacities. Even though it was billed as a public meeting, it turned out more like a private meeting with the apparatchiks of the Tigrai People’s Liberation Front.
Community leaders, scholars, activists and supporters of Ethiopian pro-democracy opposition forces were refused entrance to the meeting halls on account of not having an “invitation paper.” Even those who presented the “invitation letter” were refused entrance. Those who managed to get in and ask questions were verbally abused and in the case of Washington D.C and Los Angeles physically assaulted by Meles Zenawi’s thugs.
In every city security was very tight. The organizers were confrontational and nervous. Those who requested meeting orders were thrown out of the halls by hired security agents. The propaganda video that was shown contained no new information. The PowerPoint presentations were boring, contained voodoo statistics, and the presenters were incompetent to speak on the contents of the PowerPoint documents. The question and answer sessions were carefully controlled and stager-managed. The responses given were embarrassing even to the TPLF’s supporters.
Nevertheless, some individuals who got the opportunity to ask questions managed to raise the hot button political, economic and human rights issues. The rosy picture the delegates tried to paint was, of course, a direct opposite of the reality on the ground.
The amount of money spent on this propaganda tour is outrageous while millions of our people are starving. We have learned today that the price of petrol increased by 3.00 Birr just yesterday. Ethiopians are now paying 21.00 Birr for a liter of benzene causing unbearable economic hardship on the society.
The TPLF propaganda tour has backfired as the Ethiopian Diaspora is now more determined to work in unison for regime change in Ethiopia. All in all, the amazing performance of courageous Ethiopians in all the 13 cities has been Beka’s rehearsal for the Ethiopian Diaspora uprising!