For us the meeting in Dallas was a Success- A success indeed. By Sisay Tesfaye.
The meeting called by the TPLF government for its supporter was a total failure. One would think that such meeting, if it was genuine, would attract a wide spectrum of Ethiopians. A grand vision as the GTP cannot be realistic without the full cooperation of all Ethiopians. As we have seen it, the meeting was simply a propaganda event just to keep TPLF junta’s delusion alive. The organizers targeted individuals who do not ask tough questions and who have almost no knowledge of what is going on in the motherland. As we learned now the crowd was dominated by one ethnic group and the vulnerable opportunist. Some are told by the organizers that they will have chances to turn around their lives if they work together with the EPRDF government. The usual suspect is that they will be granted land. Some of the invitee went because they were told there will be a buffet and a party after the meeting. I swear to God that is the truth.
We can categorize the participant like this. The majority are those who want to show their ethnic allegiance to their racist leaders. The other group is the collection of individuals who have no education, no decent job, no wealth or not even a coherent family life. This group is there to devour for any left over from the Weyane government if the cost is only attending a meeting and perhaps a one way ticket to Addis Ababa. By the way, some of these look brilliant and matured and educated and they are all adults. Believe me that look is so deceiving when you see them through the camera lenses. But they are perfect for Weyane propaganda as they may fall in to the stereotype perception of the Diaspora, i.e. being viewed as educated and wealthy. Some participants are well informed Ethiopian who went to see if Weyane has anything good to offer this time around. This group may have a lot of qualms with EPRDF but are ready to forgive it for the sake of the country if it comes up with democratic policies. My guess is their optimism might have been shattered again. We heard one such participant has told the lecturing officials that all of what they are doing is just like “spraying a perfume on decaying body”.
So why would EPRDF waste all the money for officials, for the organizing committee and for security officers to guard the opposing crowd away from the meeting hall. There were close to 50 police officers in the area. Guess what, they were all paid. In Dallas if you have a private event and want to have security, you have to pay for it. The mission has not attracted anybody to collaborate with the implementation of the so called GTP. They could reach to their supporters anytime and anywhere. They could get their money in some other venues. If you think it this way, the Weyane mission has disastrously failed here in Dallas.
But my point was to highlight how we, the democratic forces, have won as the result of this meeting. In the past when we went out to oppose the EPRDF government there was mostly same faces. But this time, it was remarkably satisfying to see Ethiopians from every ethnic, creed and faith groups. I have never seen such unity among the Oromos, Amharas, Somalis, Afars, Guraghes, Hararis, and many other nationalities. We have Muslims and Christians. We have supporters of different parties like the OLF, Andinet, Ogadenia, EPRP, and Medrek, etc. Therefore, the one good outcome of the EPRDF mission is uniting the opposition and the Ethiopian people.
Finally, I just want to tell one ugly event that happened here in Dallas. We have seen the leaders of the organizing committees who stood on the entrance of the meeting hall to decide who should come in and who should not. This was supposedly a call for all Ethiopians; but those individuals were there to look through our eyes and determine if we are supporters or not. These Weyane servants remind me of the Abiyot Tebakis of the Derg era. One of these guys by the name of Mamushet is a high school dropout who takes pride by having a photograph taken with Weyane officials and later boost around his naive friends that he is a significant player in the Weyane politics. This guy flew to Ethiopian many times in a year to spend his own money earned by working 16 hours as a Taxi driver. Guess what he is doing in Addis, chase officials in every Whiskey house and sometimes tell on the opposition members on who said what. But the Weyanes don’t care about his personality as long as he does their dirty works. The other individual with the same deed is the former WPE party member and rapist. We will have more on these individuals in the future.