Ethiopian Activists organized Candlelight Vigil in Washington DC.
Ethiopian-Americans, Ethiopians, and friends of Ethiopia residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are uniting together to hold a Candle Light Vigil outside the White House on October 9, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Candle Light Vigil is to bring to the attention of the Obama Administration the recent wave of politically-targeted arrest of many Ethiopians by the brutal dictatorship of Meles Zenewi under the guise of fighting terrorism.
Ethiopian-Americans, Ethiopians, and friends of Ethiopia residing in the Washington, DC area will condemn Meles Zenawi’s atrocities and urge the Obama administration to use its eminent stature in standing with the people of Ethiopia in its struggle for democracy, freedom, justice, and equality, as it did with the peoples of the northern African countries.
Since the Arab Spring began late last year, the Government of Ethiopia has been in a state of panic and restlessness for fear that the freedom torch could arrive in Ethiopia, as it is well aware of the crimes that it has committed on the Ethiopian populace and the nation over the past 20 years.
Said wide-range crimes, which encompass arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, torture, genocide, crime against humanity, suppression of civil societies, suppression of freedom of expression and assembly, day light robbery of local and national elections, embezzlement of the nation’s resources, eviction of indigenous citizens from their ancestral land and land retail to foreign companies, environmental destruction, etc., are well documented by various international organizations, the media, and foreign governments, including the US government.
We call upon Ethiopian Americans, Ethiopians, and friends of Ethiopia who reside in the Washington, D.C. area to join us in this important Candle Light Vigil, which will be held on October 9, 2001 outside the White House at 6 p.m.
For more information and to view a video cast of the event, visit www.march4freedom.org.