Understanding the absence of Ethiopia’s “day of rage” By Eskinder Nega

June 3rd, 2011 Print Print Email Email

VOA’s stringer in Addis, Peter Heinlein, a veteran of cold-war stints as a high-profile American correspondent behind the iron curtain, expressed the paradox best.

“Protesters Absent as Ethiopia Marks Anniversary of Meles Rule” read the title of his May 28th dispatch from Addis. “Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have turned out in Addis Ababa’s main square to mark PM Meles Zenawi’s 20th anniversary in power. A day of rage counterdemonstration planned by democracy activists failed to materialize,” reported Peter. But, he notes, somewhat perplexed, “the capital (Addis) is known as a hotbed of anti-government sentiment.” And, say insiders, much to the chagrin of officials who accredit him to work in Ethiopia, he goes on, “the turnout at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square was a fraction of the one million predicted (by the EPRDF.)”(This is a sober estimate of a journalist who covered Red Square parades in Soviet times.)

Teasingly hailed as “EPRDF’s Pravda” by democracy activists because of controversial post-2005 reports, Reuters, on its part, relayed the opinion of a 23-year-old university student, “I don’t think there’s an appetite in Ethiopia for an uprising after 2005. I think even most opposition supporters believe a gradual process is the only way now.”

May 28th 2011 was supposed to be Ethiopia’s “day of rage,” when thousands of protesters were supposed to peacefully challenge EPRDF’s two decades autocracy. The inspiration came from North Africa. Interestingly, though, the world’s first day of rage was not in authoritarian Egypt as is conventionally assumed but, curiously, in comprehensively democratic US. The Weatherman, a tiny but forceful faction of Vietnam-war protesting students, organized a string of three days long protest rallies in Chicago in late 1969, and famously dubbed it as “days of rage.”

The students failed miserably back then, but forty two years later unwittingly inspired copycat protests in Egypt, which culminated in the spectacular collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Democracy activists in almost all Arab countries have since proposed their own days of rage. Some have gained trajectory with a mixture of hope and tragedy, as is the case with Syria and Yemen, but others have botched mysteriously, as is the example of Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Sub-Sahara Africa, no more the exclusive bastion of dictatorships of yesteryears, has less room for days of rages than the Middle East. Democracy has firmly taken root in many parts of the continent. But democracy is also plainly absent regionally in the horn, too, with trend-setter Ethiopia serving as mainstay of the archaic status-quo. No surprise then that with the exception of Somalia, which is still stateless, days of rage had been planned for all horn countries—Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

All have more or less imploded almost from the outset, though there were some protests in Sudan and Djibouti. The reasons vary; each country has to be addressed individually.

Ethiopia’s planned May 28th day of rage kicked off as an online campaign after the dramatic fall of Mubarak in Egypt. Broadly rallying under the catchy “Beka” (enough, in Amharic) slogan on facebook, thousands signed up with amazing swiftness. “There is no reason why we cannot have the Arab uprisings in Ethiopia,” they said. And indeed the clear alignment of political repression, chronic unemployment and high inflation favored their assertion.

But unlike Tunisia and Egypt, where local activists used social media to trigger and sustain mass protests, it was the Diaspora, as opposed to local activists, who launched and to a large extent sustained Ethiopia’s cyber campaign. This is the fundamental difference between the Arab and Ethiopian days of rage.

Though admittedly startlingly small in numbers, Ethiopia is not entirely devoid of local democracy activists. But they were no more significant in relative numbers in either Tunisia or Egypt, where the pre-revolution political settings were strikingly similar to that of Ethiopia. What sets Arab and Ethiopian activists drastically apart is their perceptions of risk.

Risk is essentially a daring foray into unknown terrain. It embodies the possibilities of both success and failure at the same time. Hence it is intrinsically exciting and frightening. Depending on the outcome, the prize could be huge, or conversely, the cost could be devastating. Risk is thus at best unsettling.

Arab activists have amply established their keenness to take risks. But they took calculated rather than reckless risks. In calculated risks the stakes are systematically analyzed and unambiguous goals are set. In the end, even with failure there is no room for regret. The ride would have been worth it. At the opposite pole, success is even sweeter than it would be under normal circumstances. In reckless risks, however, the exhilaration from the plunge is savored more than the result. It rarely has a happy ending. And with the stakes usually involving life and death issues for democracy activists, nor is it a plausible alternative.

Absent the courage to at least hazard calculated risks, the hopes of Arab activists would have degenerated into a pathetic, dreary, unattainable fantasy. But they did have courage and by taking risks infused life in to their movements, conquered their fears, created outlets for their talents and creativities, and most importantly made their triumph possible.

On the other hand, post 2005 local Ethiopian activists have become so risk averse they now demand the certainty of guaranteed results before doing anything. By deferring risk at every turn, May 28th being only the latest one, opportunities to establish legitimacy, recognition and stature have been squandered repeatedly.

The most oft cited reason for the inertia is the repressive capabilities of the EPRDF. Even calculated risks are deemed too dangerous. And indeed, not only is EPRDF’s repressive network extensive but there is also a particular nastiness to the EPRDF leadership that makes it uniquely dangerous. But it is also true that the threat is nowadays habitually overstated. It has become an excuse to do nothing and, luckily for the regime, by the image of invincibility it has projected, a more effective deterrent to dissent than the secret police.

The good news for the nation is that all this could change. It will change all in due time. Peaceful Ethiopian activists have it in them to overcome this predicament.

Mark my words. It’s not over.


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  1. tewbel
    | #1

    Actually the Ethiopian people came out protesting in mass before and after the election of 2005. I don’t understand why this fact is ignored and we mention the Arab awakening as an example ignoring our own people’s manifestation in which they have payed with their blood,imprisonment and terror.
    For sure it is not over, it will be done but not thanks to the voiciferous clamor made from the diaspora. Ato Skander you are an exmple of courage and integrety that real patriots should emulate and join you in Ethiopia and struggle with the people who are risking their life everyday. Any volunteers ????

  2. SeeWithYourEyes
    | #2

    Keep Eritrea Out of the failed states of the horn of Africa. Eritrea is the only one peaceful country in the horn of Africa and there are may be some Tigrayan from Ethiopia who claim to be from Eritrea screaming loud but all most of all Eritreans have time again and again showed you how united they are. You better see the picture and get your facts right.

  3. Koroboo
    | #3

    Hoping against hope is all I can say to sum up your analysis on “day of rage” because I am more and more inclined to think that a significant change in the opposition’s attitude is prerequisite for any successful outcome. When you couple these with the gradual change that will inevitably happen in EPRDF’s stance on democracy and confidence about its future (which we also have to work on if we are happy and willing to see change without bloodshed). Change is likely to happen in the next ten years, so we will have to have patience and organise the pro-democratic movement in Ethiopia to be a credible alternative. Especially since no one in Ethiopia has the attitude to gamble on their future without a strong, forceful and purposeful opposition.

    The only caveat is that we will have to stop listening to those who are domiciling in Europe and America devoid of any understanding on event on the ground. The selfish and self-centred Diaspora politicians who are domiciling in Europe and America who will not face any direct or in direct suffering from their campaign to cause chaos and mayhem in Ethiopia. In my eyes, they are not only cowards but deeply egotistical, I hope they will not have any future in Ethiopian politics. In short, if your country is made to collapse at the hand of the current government, as they claim or believe, what are they doing in America or Europe? Either you expect someone else to do your fighting for you? Or you don’t believe your own propaganda? Whichever way is CRAZY?

    Thanks you for your determined, courageous and peaceful stance on our countries future.

    Real politick is what we need in Ethiopia!

  4. nbere
    | #4

    በቁም እየሞቱ እየተዋረዱ
    በጠኔ እያለቁ እየተሰደዱ
    እንደእባብ በዱላ እየተቀደዱ
    ፍርሃት ሲራዘም ስንት ይህን ወለዱ፣

  5. Abebe
    | #5

    yes, that is it. words of elite diasphoras is always dream and will not
    be true. ethiopia is in the right track right now under the EPRDF’s system than ever. so shut up your mouth dear, you don’t have any other business,sorry man.

  6. Shegeritu
    | #6

    People, they wore demonstrating against the gov,t on may 28, I mean last week. Though it was done in different style
    This time. And we all know the need for that.

    Why don’t you read all the ……….I think some of you need an eye specialist……..I think it is critical……to which Opposition do you think they are addressing that?…..or are you saying Meles is……..? ……he is WELL COME!!!!!!

  7. tagaye yenege
    | #7

    It was good analysis and ofcourse iy will be good for the future , but the problem is those who are engaged in democratic activist are not matured enogh, to convience Ethiopian nation. if you want to preach western style democracy to ethiopia larger nation never they can give you attention provided that by principle western style democracy is right
    let me put some points in Development value as scholar
    2. having capacity of functioning
    3. survatitude which is choice
    from this pillar majority of Ethiopians lack the first one which is basic needs, so far how can those horn of africa nation can give you about democracy and choic or bila bila with out having food, for that EPRDF is providing food through 1 to 5 connection principles, please guys do not be cheated and wants to cheat ethiopians and do not try to copy paste the blue prints of middle east or others, strieving for democracy is good but it should be manageable and achievable with existing resources and conditions we have , for that matter you can not give democracy to the nation by your self or by changing regime , rather facilitationg the democratic instruments that can boost the nations awarness capacity. you may wonder that freedom of speech can boost but for me i can not agree for the time being because those access would be only for those who are reading news paper under slums or on the straits of Addis which is tiny number of population, so think alot have good analysis. i love your articulation eskinder long live but do not limit your scope to the 17% of urban population which has no income even to influence by incentive for rural poor , remind that ethiopia is the only country still urban population is too low in the world’s planet.
    iam sure you will not be angry by my comment because iam giving you direction , and i have resources all about Ethiopia in general

  8. Menzew 77
    | #8

    This is pure eskenders day dream from ‘Demera Tej bet’.
    SeeWithYou:-are u kidding eritrea is peaceful country?Listen dude eritrea is a failed state. Eritrea is just a lawless and future anarchy so called state heading towards being another Somalia.
    Does an Eritrean know what it is like to be a free man? I doubt that.

  9. koster
    | #9

    Those who organized BEQA made themselves clear in the outset that May 28 is just a Benchmark or starting date but the struggle continues until the looters and killers are removed and a free and democratic Ethiopia is created. Those who complain about the failure of BEQA are those who did not support in the first place and seem to be jubilant at what they consieder a failure.

  10. amazing
    | #10

    Weyane is buying time by repressing and by consuming of most of the wealth. As the push comes to shove, they will leave the country in the mean time, they want to have the privilege of leading in high position. Since this luxury life is hard to let go, Weyane decide by any means to hold on to power, even if it means risking Ethiopia as a nation, they will continue their oppression until Ethiopia disintegrates and it is easy for them to leave outside the country and live in while Ethiopia is in the middle of endless war, that is the goal. Weyane still also have the option of reversing its rules with Eritrea and both leaders will reconcile in order to hang on to the power, it is survival issue. Therefore, of course there will be the time where people will rise up, but then it could be too late, the time is now. If we want change, we should not be afraid of dying. The advantage for Egypt is Egypt is one of the spot light in the world and because of Israel’s safety so if war broke out, Israel will be at risk, so the only means for the leader is to give up power. Egypt’s protest was observed throuhgout the world therefore, the leader can’t do blatant attack on people, Mubarak has even been condemned when protesters were being attacked by bunch of hooligans. So, we have to make sure that Ethiopia is on the spot light when people protest. We have to make sure that domestic and foreign journalists cover that so that the government can back down, of course the leader won’t back down and will order to genocide of Ethiopians. We have to face our fear of dying, no change if we have fear.

  11. Shegeritu
    | #11

    Don’t we some time ask our selves why we love our country? It is for a lot of reasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Roba, victory to the wise and brave Ethiopian people!!!!!!!!!

  12. Shegeritu
    | #12

    They are defending all of us if not all man kind and the world, standing strong like the great wall of China or the Semen

    We love and love you and love and love YOU…….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Hailemicheal
    | #13

    Yes , it’s not over, Eskender the great, the struggle continues’ALUTA CONTUNUWA’ NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER’

  14. Oda Tulu
    | #14

    who in the first place 28 may 2011 would be day of rage

  15. Oda Tulu
    | #15

    Correction: Who in the first place marked 28 May 2011 as would be day of rage? Each passing day has been and will bea day of rage as long as TPLF remains in power.

  16. Guest
    | #16

    Eritreans should stay out of Ethiopian issue. Mind your XXXX misery correct your problems at your home country.
    As far as the Skinder’s writing, people instigate to make trouble in Ethiopia. Whether you are Tigray, Oromo, Amhara, or Afar, you should see what is going on in the country. I am not advocating for Meles to stay in power. I would be very happy if some people from the EPRDF party to come out and run for election. For sure, since it is very difficult to find a job, none of the members will come and face the challenges.
    As far as history is concerned, it is not easy for people in power to relinquish their position. Recently, we have seen it Ivory Coast. So instead of writing letters after letters and spreading poisonous dust in the into the air, why not discuss in a manner that is conducive for learning for one another and organize a sound plan that brings all Ethiopians to the table. Writing letters and spreading rumors that makes people to stay away from a common interest is not viable for progress or for a new change. Leave the nasty letters to the propagandist Shabia Isaya and his followers. At least, these people have their own country and they should deal with their own problems. Instead, they pretend to be Ethiopians and instigate just and pray for the destruction of Ethiopia. Since Ethiopia is making a lot of progress in its infrastructure, the enemy is jealous of his neighbor. The money that could have been spent in the ports of Assab is diverted to Djibouti and that’s because Isayas’s greed.

  17. aha!
    | #17

    Taking into account that “May 28th 2011 was supposed to be Ethiopia’s “day of rage”, when thousands of protesters were supposed to peaccefully challange EPRDF’s autocracy” as his theisis to futher explain how the uprising/non-violent reaction to democracy fared in Egypt and other countries as compared to what happened in Ethiopia May 28th, 2011 of the 20th anniversary of TPLF/eprdf regime.

    First of all TPLF/eprdf regime is rule is not only autocracy as Egypt or Tunicia are, but also ethnocracy/ethnic dictatorship Minority/majority), totlitarianism as vestige of the dergue regime and its own marxist incilinations from the left oriented student movement of the oppression of nations and nationalities, which with TPLF as a spearhead created ethnic fedreralism and secessionism. To simply lal the current regime as autocracy is loosing sight of the complexity of politics in Ethiopia and also ascribe May 28th 2011 as “day of rage”, in its 20th anniversary of marching into Addis Abeba by defeating the Dergue regime and ruling over the country for 20 years and counting is not the concern of the silent majority, silenced but not silent majority of Ethiopians at this occassion, when they have not protested during the 2010 election. The non-violent reaction /uprising for freedom from autocratic rule, ethnocratic rule/ethnic dictatorship, totalitarianism along with baggage of ethnic federalism and seccessionism, which has been maintained by the teletafi parties and implicitely suppoted by the loyalist opposition parties and the liberation movements, by clmping down on the silent majority of Ethiopians and the parties that stand for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. As such it is a costutional and freedom and democracy isuues, not democracy alone.

    According to current frame work of constitution being ethnic and seccessionist politics and/or policies, as its operating system with its tools and utilies associated with it to maintain the constitution, there is no chance of uprising or protest, when any protests for democracy, let alone protest for freedom and/or democracy may be considered as treason for changing the constitution, not for democracy, which is available for TPLF and TPLF anf TPLF affiliated enterprises, and capitalism functions by TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises at the expense of lack democracy and democratic rights and freedom for the silent majority of Ethiopians, who have been silenced but not silent. Even if it erupts ad lib there is no consensous among the the fations between those with ethnic agenda and those with national agenda to engage the TPLF/eprdf regime with clear cut goals for unity, territorial integrity, rather than a form of alliance with the pretext enemy of my enemy is my friend, forum for democratic dialogue (FDD) kind of mentality, not knowing dialogue with whom and for what ultimate end, and those who aspire of “Nochange but durable democracy’, and those that are absorbed with their ethnic and secessionist rights rather Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian National Interests.

  18. Justice
    | #18

    Few causes as to why our sporadically coordinated revolt has failed and likely continue to fail: The devastating effect of the 2005 attack in the capital followed by very unwise decisions taken by selfish opposition leaders have demonstrated itself by lack of resilience among the young. Moreover, there has been an exaggerated assumption of considerate risks by some section of the population has also a part to play.

  19. Berhane
    | #19

    Poor Eskinder.

    You good at making feeble excuses. ‘Beka’ campaign failed not because of repression or the people being coward as you claim, but there is no need to change a government that is working wonders. Besides, if they want to change they can do it at the time of the next general election. In any case why does Eskinder want to change a government that ensures freedom of expression ? It is because of the conducive democratic environment that is prevalent in Ethiopia today that Eskinder is taking advantage of to write articles freely in Addis Ababa.

    For once Eskinder, bring up issues that sets you apart from the government you detest so much.Hate alone is not good enough. You are simply writing the same thing over and over again. Don’t be stale ;be creative for your readers.

    For your information, not only is the BEka campaigned failed in Ethiopia,but it also failed in the Diaspora. Thanks to ETV people can see what exactly is taking place in their country.

  20. The Eritrean one!
    | #20

    Why would shaebia of the past or present work for the distruction of Ethiopia? First get your factsof shaebia straight!! Shaebia fought Haile Sellasie’s divide and rule of Eritrea, Tigry and won; Shaebia fought Mengistu’s rule of all wars against the people of Eritrea, Tigry and won. The main question of the day should be: WHO IS THE PRIME ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA AND THE WHOLE HORN OF AFRICA? it is the little midget who betrayed shaebia, the Eritrea people, Tigry, Somalians, and Ethiopians. His low life has no end as he continues to prove that his prime interest is to serve his present masters: his handlers of the west. No Eritrean that I know wishes all Ethiopians bad luck in Ethiopia or abroad; even though it is the contrary by some Ethiopians for the people of Eritrea; and I never believe in “GHENNA TREGETALEH” AS THAT PROOFS THE AVERAGE BELIEF OF AN AVERAGE WEYANE AGAINST AMHARA OR WHO KNOWS!!

  21. Narrow minded indeed!
    | #21

    Berhane, What a pathetic narrow minded comment you made! you said:
    “…a government that is doing wonders” for your kinds only of course that have robbed Ethiopians and gotten rotten rich while millions of Ethiopians dying of aggravation and heartaches for loosing their loved ones by Meles’s dogs Agazi Army, die of starvation, millions go to bed hungry every night, struggle everyday to make ends meet and to find cooking oil and other necessary goods. The last twenty years, tens of thousands innocent Ethiopians have been thrown in prison, lost their jobs and business permits and thousands are still being tortured in various woyane prisons as we speak for just being Ethiopians. Countless number of Ethiopians have been abused, tortured, robbed, killed, their precious land have been given to Sudan and sold to other foreign billionaires dirt cheap. Ethiopians have no rights for peaceful gathering and who would forget the hundreds of young Ethiopians that were gunned down on the streets of Addis Ababa in 2005, no freedom of speech and press. Many journalists, opposition leaders, teachers have been locked up and tortured with no specific reason and a day in court. Meles is a bloody hand malicious vindictive thief who has become a billionaire. A heartless hateful murderer dictator that is ruling the country with iron fist and a subhuman who doesn’t care if Ethiopians live or die and a real evil that has no respect for human life and God. Only heartless people who lack human decency thinks everything is dandy and wonderful in Ethiopia and ignore the sufferings of Ethiopians. What a shame and a disgrace!

  22. Gash Polisu
    | #22

    The Eritrean One,

    you busy buddy! why do u ‘eritreans’ show up in parties you are not invited to?

  23. Derbabaw
    | #23

    Shabia and weyane are Ethiopia’s arch enemies;both may pretend to have an apparent differences ,but what is that to us?When it comes to Ethiopia they both work covertly to ligitmatize their grip of power,by subjecting Ethiopians in to innummarable ills and by imposing on our people total dominance or working to reduce our people to their desired tributary and dependency.Therefor,those Ethiopians who favor alliance with Shabia in oorder to ouset weyane have a wrong strategy for the country.In addition, those who argue the likely hood of a slow gradual reform within weyane party are equally adopting a strategical fatality.
    In short,I strongly affirm both ethinc based organizatrions have been and will remain to be major Ethiopia’s security problems.Experiance have thought us and we continue to witness the ccovert but fluid relationship between the two fronts and there is no evidence to convince me they are mortal enemies.On the conterary,what ever progres they made,they made it by either closely working together,or covertly cooperating on wide scale of agendas.They both uderstand they need one another for survival and promotion of their agenda.They both clerly know their objective and their is no any sort of confusion on their part conserning their strategy.On the other hand the Ethiopian camp seem to be in the state of confusin conserning this issues.This is so primerily due some political parties commitament to support infavor of one or the other. The best viable strategy from our point is ,to work towards an all inclusive united front, of view is to conduct and coordinate both peaceful and non peaceful resistance solely on the self reliance of Ethiopians.May all Ethiopians open their mind and heart to this reality and bigin to work to wards this direction.The sooner we abondon the ideal of corting one enemy over another the faster we move to our freedom.

  24. zeman
    | #24

    Just because you call for day of rage people are not going to protest. In Ethiopia media Internet is under weyenes control. Many people did not even hear about it.
    Ethiopia missed chance for day of rage in aftermath of election ’95.

  25. Shegeritu
    | #25

    Aha, I wish one day I will read a comment from you that dosent end with a talk of nations and
    Nationalities. Ethiiopia is Ethiopia and Ethiopians are Ethiopians no matter what kind of people we are talking about.
    At the end of the day that is may be what you wore talking about, in favor or no favor of Ethiopia or Ethiopian people
    I think.

    Correct me wrong, if I am.

  26. aha!
    | #26

    Derbabaw is right, this notion of “enemey of my enemy is my friend’ ushered by Ginbot 7 on the armed struggle and UDJP on the peacefull struggle wit the loyalist oppositon prties is a misguided concept, especially, when the plea from the loyalist opposition parties is a plea for political space, a space that is not quatitative but qualitative; meaning that you either have it or do not have it.

    As far as enemity between EPLF/eritrea and TPLF/ethiopia is concerned, the response of the Issayas Afeworki, the first and last interview in Amharic comes to mind, “benea bemeles mehakel liyunet benore beritrea guday ine ibelte ine ibelte bemalet (bicha) new”. Add to that notion, what the TPLF member, a Finance Officer said in an interview feww years back after 2005 election about TPLF and EPLF leaders.

  27. Shegeritu
    | #27

    aha, do you live in America????? I dout it.

  28. gisgnal
    | #28

    Just because Zinawi got lucky and appeared before the people he suppressed,oppressed,and controlled with all available meanses that are at his disposal and measures of extreme anti-peopople and democracy still exist at all levels,it does not mean Ethiopians will be stopped from freeing their country and people.

    Zinawi did not stand before millions of Ethiopians to applogize for all wrongs he is doing,for a variety of crimes he committed on Ethiopians,for billions of dollaras that he stole and wasted for the last twenty years,for old and filthy lies and for blind deceptions he told the world and Ethiopians,and for refusing to relenquish power to the people;rather,on that day,he stood on the podium in a glass quiosk to affirm to himself that he will defy the will of Ethiopians until he is captured and stand behind the bar.

  29. Reality
    | #29

    Ladies and Gentel men,

    Does ethiopia need change? yes ofcourse.
    Are we ready for change? no i dont think so.

    Did u ask me why? well that is a good question.
    The reason why i dont think so is because i am not sure how olf and ginbot sebat or any pro unity force will agree after change! If they are sure that they will agree, let them agree now and form a united organization and openly tell their supporters that their old thinking is not taking them any where and they want to bring change to the whole country. Yes i know that it is unlikely olf people will go that far which makes me think that change in ethiopia is unlikely too. I said olf because it is them who denied the reality and have been poisoning the oromo generation and need to come to their senses. Let them ask ato bulcha about ethoipia and the oromo.

    By the way, i strongly oppose the idea that change should come before agreement. This idea is so weak and only parties which know they wont agree can do it. There is nothing to be hidden. We all know who thinks what and wants what. If olf say something today when we know what they think realy, it is meaningless. So if there is change, let it start from them selves.

    As far as there is no such changes in the opposition, mark my words, there will not be any change.

  30. Sad
    | #30

    @The Eritrean one!
    You have showed who you are. One of the EPRDF stooges well fed.

  31. Evil is Evil
    | #31

    The Eritrean one,
    They say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but in this case if it weren’t for the evil master mind Esayas, our country Ethiopia and our people wouldn’t be in the horrible conditions they are now under one of the most brutal dictator in the world. If Esayas had fought for the good of the country Ethiopia as a whole, Democracy would have flourished in Ethiopia and our struggling people would have enjoyed freedom and lived in one of the best countries in Africa with mutual respect of all ethnic Ethiopians culture, traditions and religions. Unfortunately, Esayas left the country that fed and educate him with the man he trained to be the most hateful and cold blooded murderer that have ever been created in the land of Ethiopia and adding to injury Eritrean dictator left Ethiopia landlocked.
    The Eritrean one,
    You and TPLF are one and the same. You support the Eritrean dictator that is ruling Eritreans with iron fist and your TPLF cousins support the other Eritrean dictator that is ruling Ethiopia with iron fist and robbing her. May the two evil cousins burn in Hell for eternity.

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