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The Ethiopian New Year of 2004 should not continue to be a year of darkness as have been the years in the past. It must be a year of legal and peaceful struggle. The struggle we wage must be one that brings an all-round freedom to the Ethiopian people, including the members of EPRDF. The struggle must be free from racism, vengeance and bitterness. It must be a struggle that brings each and every one of us closer together and strengthens our unity more than ever before. The first goal of our struggle must be ridding ourselves of fear. This New Year must be a year in which we cease pointing our fingers at each others but ask ourselves what is expected of us to wage the struggle for freedom and what we ourselves have contributed to it so far. The dawning of the New Year must also be the dawning of freedom for which we have been hungering for years.

Therefore, Unity for Democracy and Justice issues the following New Year call to the following bodies at home and abroad.


Throughout your long history you have stood united and repelled foreign aggressors and brought down domestic dictatorial leaders. Despite the struggles you have waged and the sacrifices you have made, your hunger for freedom remains unsatisfied. The struggle for freedom that is being waged in the Arab World and its outcome is inspiring. The time for sitting and waiting has passed. Every citizen must stand up and struggle to become a master of her/his freedom. All must stand for the freedom of each and each must stand for the freedom of all. The key to solving the problems of our county is freedom. Stand for freedom.


You are the heirs to many distorted images and concepts that resulted from the political struggles and the social upheavals that had taken place before you in the past. The ethnic based rule of the present regime does not make things better. In fact, it makes matters worse. The political, economic and social trends we see during the rule of the present regime does not green your hopes. Rather, it wilts them. When you demand that the complex matters be given political solutions, the responses you have been given were threats, intimidations, unemployment, poverty and hunger that force you into exile that is often fraught with suffering and death. If there is an option put before you, it is supporting the policies of hunger and oppression of the ruling party for tidbits of short term benefits. You have been denied quality education. While you have the strength to develop your country through you labour. You have been denied the right to work for a living for the last 20 years. When you challenge the ruling regime and demand solutions, the response has been labeling you as hooligans and vagrants and throwing you into the Shewa Robit, Zuway and other prisons throughout the country. The ruling regime wants to see you as a lonesome and hopeless segment of the society condemned to remain as carriers of the EPRDF “throne”.

The Youth of our country! Your hope and your future are in your own hands. Within you, there is a potential power that can change not only you but also your country. The first step that you should take to release this positive energy is to rid yourself of fear that successive oppressive regimes have instilled in you. Beginning from day one of the Ethiopian Year 2004, you must declare “war” on fear. Pick up the flag of your predecessors and mark the beginning of your role as apostles of constructive change. Do not expect anyone to deliver to you your freedom on a silver platter. Raise your heads, join hands and march forward in the legal and peaceful struggle for freedom that is long overdue. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Ever since the disintegration of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), the people have been in a state of depression. Instead of serving the people’s agenda, we have spent too much time disagreeing and clashing among ourselves and, as a result, caused much damage to our cause. This is unwisely. If we are to be of any use to our people who are suffering from hunger and oppression, we must stop the bickering among ourselves, strengthen our unity and wage the struggle for freedom in a well coordinated manner. In this regard, the trend of coming together and narrowing our differences that is now seen within MEDREK is commendable and encouraging. It must be strengthened and continued. Other genuine opposition parties must rally behind the cause of MEDREK so that we can struggle effectively with a common front. We extend our call for cooperation even to those opposition parties that owe their existence to the support and blessing of the ruling party and are, directly or indirectly, supporting the same, to stand on the side of the people and struggle for their freedom. It is not too late. There is still time.


We call upon the ruling regime to take notice of what is going in the Arab World and learn a constructive lesson from it. It would be a tragic mistake to think that what is going on in North Africa and the Middle East would not happen in Ethiopia because the needs of the people have been met and that the people have signed a contract for you to stay in power for the coming four years, as you would like to tell us. We urge you to respond positively to the demands of the people for change and create a situation where in a peaceful change could take place in our country. It has been seen over and over again that dictators often fail to learn from the fates of other dictators. We advise you, our rulers, to learn from what you see in the Arab World and avoid the death and destruction seen there from repeating itself in Ethiopia. We would like to assure you that the people would not take destructive measures in order to ensure their rights. If you give a peaceful and meaningful response to the legitimate demands of the people, you would be the first to benefit and to register a result that will be valued today and for generations to come.


The majority of you, the members of the Ethiopian Diaspora, left your country because of the oppressive political atmosphere in Ethiopia. No doubt, there are others of you who left the country in search of better economic life. Although you are physically far away, we know that your heart is always with the Motherland. Particularly in the 2005 election, you have practically and amply demonstrated that you are ready to stand on the side of your people. But after 2005, you seem to have cooled down and to bear the suffering of your people within yourselves. Even those among you who are especially active have shown a scaling down of their activities. In fact, there seems to be a tendency amongst you to be engaged in energy dissipating debates and issues that could be described as “luxuries” at this juncture of our struggle and in pointing condemning fingers at each other, a mistake that we are working hard to correct here at home. The primary issue that is common to us all now at home and in the Diaspora is the call for a struggle for freedom. There is no alternative but to join hands and wage the struggle as we have been doing so far. The political struggle is blighted by a shortage of funds. You could make a crucial difference in the outcome of the struggle by your generous financial as well as political and diplomatic support.


The political oppression and the economic degradation that prevail in our country are not conducive for a decent living and should not be tolerated by anyone any more. UDJ appreciates the constructive and supportive efforts that the International Community is making on the side of the struggle that the people of North Africa and the Middle East are waging. We believe that the International Community should redouble its efforts in supporting the people’s struggle for freedom that is the foundation for world peace and economic stabilization. We call upon the International Community to give support to the struggle of the Ethiopian people to extricate itself from the life of oppression and hunger.

UDJ would like to take this opportunity to wish to all the Ethiopian People and members of the International Community here and abroad a Happy Ethiopian New Year.

Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ)
September 9, 2011
Addis Ababa

  1. baby
    | #1

    great UDJ!!!!!!

  2. Sheger
    | #2

    Happy new year UDJ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ferenj Lebaw
    | #3

    Happy new year every one, however, this is what I have learnt since I have visited Ethiopia for the past three consecutive years. I used to be a stupid diaspora listening to every passerby and believing all website news. The Ethiopian people have been united since human birth. We do not need the advertisement of unity. We need a gov. that respects the vote of every small towner. Woyane is obviously not going to allow that because the Ferenj and the banda are in the business of ripping of our country. The Ferenji’s have been in Ethiopia one tooo many times to know Meles their Gerdame will never win the elections. So the peaceful fight stops there. We also do not need people like G7 acting like they can liberate our people with their zero sum ground movements. All others out there commiting crime against several organizations in the name of unity should should be exposed to the diaspora idiots. The diaspora should know that you are just slowing down the fight of the Ethiopian people towards liberation. Ethiopians in Ethiopia know who is the “leba” in the name of unity. It is the diaspora that is confused and needs unity. CUD was a week organizations because of the so called unity of four parties. I know now that over 90% of CUD was AEUP. So what is all this b.s talk like some individuals are depressed by the split of the organization? Maybe a handful of splinters or bandas may have left the organizations. Since the spliter group left CUD-Aeup some politicain individuals are so over exaggerated like they are everything or like they were the best. You know what is everything? The movement. We are not a cult here exaggerating some lebas as the spear heads of the movement. We know group talks in the diaspora and entertainers’ exaggerations are not going to change the lives of Ethiopians in Ethiopia. My message to the diaspora is to find out who is the leba or not in the movement in et calendar 2004.

  4. Bovril
    | #4

    The main problem in Ethiopian politics is that the people who run the political parties are selfish and power mongers. Their political view can be described in the egg and chicken situation. The story goes like this. the egg is dormant until it hatches. Ethiopian politician is like the an egg full of promise, yet unworthy. before the egg hatches, it makes plans how it will grow and become big and powerful. the problem starts even before the egg hatches. It is driven by self interest and power.

    the ethiopian politician is like that. he dreams about about how he will make himself rich and powerful before ‘hatching’. the result is he disappears or remains in the wilderness for decades without realising his dream. Like the unhatched egg he becomes rotten and of no use. he dies in his shell like the egg.

    those in CUD were in this category. They appear to be genuine, say the right kind of words to the public, but when it comes to the crunch they all run for cover to their own skin end exposing the millions of people who supported and helped them to the woyane dogs.

    As a result of the false promise of the CUD, MILLIONS OF OUR PEOPLE STILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF CUD betrayl.

    Ethiopia have had many heroes in the past, Zeraaye Derese, Mengistu Niway, Alula Aba nega, Atse Tewodros to name but a few.

    In present day ethiopia, the ‘elite’ run the show talking sweet sounding words but in reality chasing after his own interest, playing it safe always and never willing to make a sacrifice.
    The opposition spend hours in paltalks and are not even able to agree on a common strategy, always fighting and insulting each other.

    They tell us their organisation is the best one, the only one that is worth following, while presenting the others as demons.

    Why not leave the others alone and just focus on what they can offer. is it a cultural disease in ethiopian politics to insult and rubbish others.

    I do not believe there is any one in this generation who is prepared to pay the final price for the freedom of the ethiopian people.

    Only the Almighty God is her saviour.

  5. true
    | #5

    Ferenj Lebaw,

    It seems you are criticizing every one and yet, you don’t seem to have solutions. What is the point of just criticizing then come up with your own solutions. Give some credit to the diaspora and the opposition groups. Within 5 months, CUD organized and accomplished a great deal don’t you think? They did a good job and so is still the opposition groups and the diaspora and they are sacrificing for it and still the diaspora will push and the opposiiton will push. It seems you may be one of Liberation Fronts who have been amassing millions from the West like TPLF but not result except dividing people you people have done nothing.

  6. true
    | #6

    You guys criticizing the diaspora or CUD,G7 etc, are Weyane sooges and Liberation fronts, you haven’t accomplished anything except criticize. No matter they failed or progressed the diaspora and opposition groups will be empowered more than ever! You will see.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Happy new yar UDJ and all its supporters. I hope the diaspora Ethiopians would resolve to support those on the ground in this new year.

  8. aha!
    | #8

    It is a welcome sign this call for freedom, specially addresed to the youth population follows the mantra for restoring Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian National Interests, Sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, rather than from the mantra as in the previous press release, “no change but durable democracy”, in a country where the mantra of the current regime is economic development before democracy in East Asian Style and that economic development is taken over by TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises in the name of EFFORT, and foreign corporations, and your political objectives being to bring democracy, human rights and justice in Ethiopia, is a subset of the goals for unity, territorial integrity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians in the past five years, where you have been engaged in the peacefull struggle for democracy rather than freedom.

    Now your call of the youth population, I suspect to a non-violent uprising to freedom, sounds like do as I say, but not as I do sort of philosophy/cliche in order to resolve the humanitarian, economic, and political crises in Ethiopia for the last 20 years, by simply rallying the youth for freedom from incarcerations, not from autocratic rule, ethnocratic rule (majority or minority rule)/ethnic dictatorship with ethnicfederalism, rather than state federalism of the original 14-15 provinces, and ethnic secessionism, instead of sustaining the status quo, through its own party objectives and mantra and association with the loyalist opposition parties with ethnic agenda, which this this press rlease uptly condemns as “The ethnic-based rule of the present regime does not make things better”, while the party formes a coalition with those with ethnic agenda, which as ethnicferalists, have endorsed the division of land mass by nine major ethnic groups, rather than eighty plus or retain the original provincial boundries, which would have made difficult for ethnic secessionist uprisings, and difficult for the TPLF/eprdf regime a divide and rule policy of self rule and separate development of ethnic minority rule, when UDJP knows form a modular pespectives the layout of the political models is TPLF/eprdf, a multi-layer and hierarchical model, (Tigrai-Harena)/Medrek/fdd/fdre, a mirror image, perhaps minus the autocratic rule emanatic from TPLF Politbeurro, where there is no mere dictatorship in Ethiopia that you try to equate with North Africa. I neverthe less I congratule you for acknowleding the ethnic-based rule(agenda), while leaving out the ethnic-based agenda of your own coalition, neverthelss that was considered as secondary cause, instead of the primary cause to the curtailment to empowering the silent majority of Ethiopians with freedom and liberty first and formost and to induce capitalism and democracy next.

    Therefore, for UDJP to rally the youth population to an uprising to freedom to restore Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian national Interests, Sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, and try to change the political outlook of the youth populations indocrinated with ethnci and secessionist politics and/or policies with the underlying totaliarnism of the derge regime and its own inclination of Marxisim/Stalinism of the student movement of the oppression ot nations and nationalities spearheaded by TPLF and EPLF along with the adjstment of its platform and objectives to those in KAUP, EDP, and others who participated in the 2010 elections and EPRP and others, who did not paricipate in the elections but hold on to the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians as a scientific problem solving model, as a positive forces of integration to save Ethiopia from disintegration into nine major ethnic groups, which if it succeeds, becomes a prelude to border disputes among the independent ethnic regions.

  9. Dany
    | #9

    This is one big leap forward!
    Elaborate your programs item by item post Woyane for public comments and discussion .
    God bless Ethiopia !

  10. aha!
    | #10

    What is lacking with the splinter of CUD party of UDJP is reflective thinking into whether their party name objectives and slogans from the past has served the national agenda to resolve the humanitarian, economic and political crises in Ethiopia as a prodemocracy movement, rather than freedom movement in the past five years. To do reflective thinking on whether their association with the loyalist opposition parties in a coalition, rather than a merger with the ethnicfederalist with a national agenda, which reduced the party to 1/8 of pie, and yet in of its own it was fretting on a subset of the national agenda of democracy, human right and Justice, untill now, but from a different angle, to say the least it has been infiltrated with ex-TPLFites to the top position, to attract votes to UDJP. What it did by joining the ethnicfederalist/loyalist opposition parties created a three way thug of war among TPLF/eprdf, Tigrai-Harena/medrek/fdd/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf regime and KAEUP, EDP and others for the votes in the Tigrai and Amhara region, when one looks back in retrospective, in favor of ethnic federalist/loyalist opposition parties. Win or loose my prediction was of a bicameral chamber of parliament with the same etnic agenda, with sizable seats in the parliaments. All this pitfalls call reflective thinking including the name change for the party UDJP, where the unity reprents unity for democracy and justice, not Ethiopian unity, which is now reduced to “andinet”/unity in short which kind of misleading to mean Ethiopian unity. Having done that the party need to adjsut its to the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with a common strategies to achieve those goals.

    As it stands now it looks like as Engineer Hailu Shawel labeled the secenario during the K-5 and KILL-6 dram as “irsbers yemetelelf politica”, on petty differences of ideas, and what I found it to be deceptive and subvesive politics all along throughout the creation of UDJP and Ginbot 7, when Ginbot 7 leaders will have reinforced EPPF, and worked in tandem with KAUP, the largest political organization in the country, which has the largest constituents and operates with respect to the national agenda, engaging the TPLF/eprdf regime in negotiations with 8-point conditions for a peaceful transfer of power in a fair and free elections, but failed.

    To my understanding, that is where to build upon with out loosing sight of the national agenda by calling for non-violent uprising to enforce the 8-point conditions for fair and free elections and the code of conduct agreements. UDJP and/or Medrek need to do reflective thinging on that aspect also, where in fact they have not participated in the code of conduct conference, and EPRP the whole idea all together.

  11. aha!
    | #11

    Therefore, the call for freedom, needs to be geared to a call for non-violent uprising not only to individual freedom and liberty, but also to restore Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian National Interesets, Soveregnity of Ethiopia, in order to save Ethiopia from the negative forces of disintegration and to maintain one nation, one language, one flag and one religion, where language and other cultures develop freely and ethnic populations thrive much like species of animal populations with each of the original provinces and the land resources are developed along ecological regions, rather by provinces or thewould be extict ethnic regions.

  12. aha!
    | #12

    Upon ratifying the constitution free of ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies with ethnicfederalism and secessionism with underlying totaliarinism, democratic institutions preceed the the formation of democratic parties and election of democratic goverment in which capitalism and democracy have a stonger foothold, where individual freedom and liberty is bases for the nation, called Ethiopia. By doing so it will reinstate as a symbol of freedom, capitalism and democracy in Africa. Speaking of capitalism, I am alluding private ownership of land, telecommunication media services, and financial institutions along with freedom of speech and press and peaceful demonstrations.

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