Lawlessness at Washington EPRDF Embassy By Robele Ababya

October 3rd, 2014 Print Print Email Email

The patriotic young peaceful protesters occupied the Embassy compound in Washington on 29/09/2014. Their epic act of courage is signified by the historic fact that they lowered the provocative TPLF flag and hoisted the true centuries old, deeply revered, tri-color Ethiopian Flag – GREEN, YELLOW, and RED – symbolizing development, faith in God, and sacrifice for freedom in that order.

Ethiopians vehemently hate the pentagram emblem displayed on the YELLOW strip of the TPLF flag intended to fool Nations and Nationalities. The satanic pentagram was a symbol used by pagans to worship devils in the era before the advent of Christianity. This heroic deed must have surely infuriated the rude diplomats in the Woyane Embassy in Washington.

The Ambassador attributed the heroic demonstration held on 29/09/2014 by young Ethiopians on the Embassy grounds to jealousy because President Obama received Prime Minister and heaped praise on him for the performance of his government. But jealousy was not the case at all! The Ambassador saw opportunity for covering up the naked recent massacre of Ethiopians in the Ogaden and Gambella regions of Ethiopia – a gruesome act of genocide condemned by the international community including the United Nations and HRW.

The envoy of the brutal ruling regime to Washington is one of the top ranking politbureau members of OPDO supposedly representing the great Oromo people in the EPRDF coalition. But Oromos lawfully demanding for their constitutional rights suffer under the rule of the regime; they are victims of harsh life in exile, imprisonment in large numbers, torture, evictions from their ancestral lands. The Ambassador is desperately trying to cover up the detention of a number of journalists, bloggers and activists who have faced fabricated terrorism charges. At this juncture one would like to remind him the famous words “እስር ቤቱ ኦሮሚፋ ይናገራል” (the prison speaks Afan Oromo) coined by the former defense minister of TPLF, Mr. Seye Abraha, who had shared the infamous filthy dungeon at Kaliti by the regime on the outskirt of Addis Ababa overwhelmingly packed by Oromo prisoners of conscience.

In case the Ambassador has forgotten the treasonous and gruesome legacy of tyrant Meles Zenawi, here below is a mirror from my files for him to look into it:-:

“Sellout of Ethiopia’s vital national interests such as active support for the separation of Eritrea, a land-locked country paying US$ one billion dollars to tiny Djibouti’s sea-port annually, grisly heinous crimes including genocide, victims of torture, incarceration of peaceful protesters en masse; extra judiciary execution of peaceful protesters, the wailing of mothers, the agony of bereaved families, filthy jails in which hundreds of political prisoners are cruelly kept, toiling peasants in serfdom, interethnic hatred, daylight robbery of votes, pervasive corrupt practices, culture of pathological lies, demised free media, government monopoly of all pillars of democracy, blocked freedom of expression, poor educational standard, forbidden academic freedom in tertiary institutions, fertile farmland ceded to the Sudan; leasing large chunks of fertile farmlands to unscrupulous foreign investors at tiny price; massive unemployment largely affecting the youth; demoralized youth addicted to psycho-thermal drugs; abject poverty; embezzlement of national treasure and diverting donor fund; rampant breach of the constitution; regional instability et al.”

The USA is one place of last hope in the troubled global village of the 21st century for the defense of supreme rule of law and preservation of fundamental values. This is true regardless of the bitterness of Ethiopians towards the present Obama Administration for its silence in the face of rampant violations of human rights well known to and recorded by its Department of State.

The shockingly shameful lawlessness demonstrated by the TPLF cadres including the Ambassador tarnished the image of civilized Ethiopia. The rude act of lawlessness took place in Washington – the land of the free and brave coveted for its sacred basic values that are enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution of the U.S.A. These values are common to the human race in terms of the immortal words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The expulsion order of the lawless diplomat is unprecedented in the history of Ethiopia!!!

Friendship Accord between CPC & EPRDF Party

The old adage “Birds of the same feather flock together” comes glaringly to light focusing on the perplexing objective of the Accord signed between the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the EPRDF Party. I would like to leave to learned lawyers to determine whether it is legal for political parties of sovereign to sign friendship agreements.

At this time of writing a massive peaceful protest demanding “Full Democracy” is going on in Hong Kong virtually bring activities to a halt in parts of the city. CPC is saying No! Protestors refuse to disband – demanding instead the resignation of the pro-Beijing Executive Council.
In Ethiopia democracy is on its deathbed; the EPRDFP, which dominates 99.6% of parliamentary seats as a result of fake election, is hell-bent on controlling all pillars of democracy and create a one-party state in Ethiopia by the power of the gun. So, the two friends tied by the Accord are resolutely determined to defend their one-party state.

The Obama Administration has strategic interest in Africa. Ethiopia is a pivotal location for that interest. So President Obama should check CPC’s hegemony in Africa by treating Ethiopia as a genuinely equal ally. This requires fostering democracy in Ethiopia and embracing long-term interest of the U.S.A. by withholding direct budgetary support to the brutal EPRDF regime.

President Obama heaped praise on the fighting ability of Woyane soldiers in much the same way as the US Administration did during the Korean War on the Ethiopian Kagnew Battalion that showed its fighting prowess. Our ability to fight for freedom and dignity is entirely a sacred legacy of our forebears who repulsed successive foreign aggressors with militia forces fighting in the battle arena against far superior armies of the enemies in all aspects of materiel. He also praised the peace keeping operations of the TPLF soldiers. The bad news is that, according to Information and Broadcasting Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan has refused to hold peace talks in Addis Ababa demanding that Kenya should be the venue for the talks. He complained that the officials in Addis Ababa are biased. So, the praise disappeared into the thin air in no time. TPLF warlords are not trustworthy, for as the saying goes, they fish in troubled waters.

Religious wars & civil strife

Religious wars in the world have so far claimed tens of millions of lives not to mention the millions of refugees caused by the wars and incalculable cost of properties damaged or wasted. Unfortunately The TPLF regime is thriving on perpetrating sectarian policy.

ሃይማኖት የእግዚአብሔር ነው፤ ሀገር የጋራ ነው (Religion is of God; country is common to all) is a famous quote attributed to Emperor Haile Selassie 1st of Ethiopia. These are enabling powerful words of wisdom for living together in peace and harmony. Young Ethiopians revolutionaries should always bear in mind and respect the fact that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam lived in Ethiopia for centuries in relative harmony.

God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He does not need the protection of His creatures like me. Therefore, no individual or groups of individuals should wage wars of hate on others in the name of defending the honor of God the Almighty; for He has clearly stated in the Holy Bible that all manners of sins are forgivable except blasphemy against Him. He alone shall punish the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. God is the Greatest Democrat in the universe that has given freedom of choice to all mankind. It is up to us to make the right choice – either by choosing a path of destructive hate or one of loving one another as decreed by Jesus (Romans 13: 8 – 10).

The Obama Administration should stop its ally from dividing Ethiopians along ethnic and religious lines. The divisive policy of the EPRDF is very dangerous given the sensitive location of Ethiopia.

Finally,

•I applaud the “Joint Statement by the three political parties – UDJ, Semayawi, and Arena

•Wars and civil strife in the name of religion must be condemned!

•All Ethiopians are for all-round development of their country; the brutal EPRDF regime must be forced to accept that universal human rights and economic development are inseparable.

•It is my ardent hope and fervent prayer that all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia including:- Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, Andargachew Tsige, Abraha Desta, Bekele Gerba, Reeyot Alemu, Haptamu Ayalew Daniel Shibeshi, Yeshiwas Assefa, Leaders of the Ethiopian Muslims, the 9 bloggers and 3 Journalists, et al are released immediately and unconditionally!

LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
rababya@gmail.com


  1. dodo
    | #1

    Good observation. Thanks. The right Amharic phrase of the Emperor’s statement is: ሃይማኖት የግል ነው አገር የጋራ ነው

  2. Andnet Kebreab
    | #2

    #1: I agree with you, but also the writer tok the quotation from the history book on the Emperor written by Ato Berihun Kebede – Member of parliament during the Imperial regime

  3. Andnet Kebreab
    | #3

    CORRECTION:#1: I agree with you, but also the writer tok the quotation from the history book on the Emperor written by Ato Berihun Kebede – Member of parliament during the Imperial regime

  4. HIRUT
    | #4

    Not only Ethiopia’s taxpayers money but Taxpayers money of the developed countries like Great Britain is being spent on the so called Ethiopia’s ‘Security apparatus’ “mercinariy groups”

    Ethiopia’s debt had been recorded to be at more than 20 billion dollars in the last twenty years. regardless how much aid the government gets , regardless how much money the diaspora sends in remittance the government is still borrowing risky amount of money that is being spent on the mercinaries(TPLF) juntas like Wedi Weyni the embassy shooter . wedi weyni INVESTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN USA. USA need to freeze THE EMBASSY SHOOTER’S account.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-18/ethiopian-military-run-corporation-seeks-more-foreign-partners.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/exclusive-government-using-taxpayers-money-to-train-ethiopias-security-forces-while-british-man-is-held-there-on-death-row-9771187.html

  5. Sam
    | #5

    I have a hard time understanding the demonstration at the Ethiopian embassy. Usually demonstrations are held to raise important issues, to let the uninformed world to be aware what is going on, and to rally the silent majority to have voice in their country’s future. I do not think the embassy demonstration has impacted none of those mentioned. When a few individuals come to believe they speak for 80 million people by demonstrating what is mushrooming is anarchy. Ethiopia has 80 plus million people. Yes, the country has a few opposition parties. When a few individuals are determined to speak in behalf of all Ethiopians, the very existence of opposition parties come to question. Even the choice of having demonstration inside in the embassy no makes sense at all. Do the demonstrators believe that the ambassador to take down the flag and raise up the flag the demonstrators were bringing to the embassy? I do not think that he will do besides he never has the power to do. priority matters in politics. There are so many political issues Ethiopians want see be discussed and argued about. But what the color of the flag should be is the least of their concern.

  6. Lighthouse
    | #6

    It is easy to deny facts when we blinded by hatred,motives,interests and hidden motives, the truth is that EPRDF is the one of the best progressive and productive government we Ethiopians ever had, because we deny facts do not cease to exist because we blinded our eyes to see or shut our hearts to feel.

  7. savich
    | #7

    the lawless gunman became who he is today not by chance, but by what he was fed with since his childhood; well, everything begins in the womb. Hiwhat made him and released him to become the enemy of peace and justice. He was armed with modern lethal weapon, a smuggled gun and was shooting at peaceful citizens who were powered by courage to defend the democratic rights of citizens; indeed, the patriots came out victorious; the madman lost everything and was thrown out of the peace-loving societies.

  8. Dawi
    | #8

    Robele said:

    [[..The satanic pentagram was a symbol used by pagans to worship devils in the era before the advent of Christianity....]]

    If that is the case I am starting to like it already! ;-)

    Say “paganism” is my religion and I don’t believe in your “God”; what is wrong with having my symbol on our flag?

    You can’t win me by bashing my religion. Can you?

    That is generally the fallacy of religious and ethno nationalists’ line of thought; you trample all over other folk’s feelings. It shouldn’t be that way.

    Be that as it may, I can honestly say my preference is the ancient flag; I love the Rastafarians waving it; it warms my heart and trembles it with joy sometimes when ever athletes wear it after victory and ran around stadiums. It truly makes me feel great. I guess I was brainwashed by Ethiopian nationalists.

    The new one until you mentioned that it is inclusive of non Christians I didn’t care for. I have wondered why it was even necessary to change the old one to begin with; particularly when it made many folks angry.

    Having said that, the protesters bringing down the new one & putting up the old one was OK with me when I saw the video. In fact people should have the right to wave the old flag in the community they live in if that is their preference if you ask me.

  9. Development without freedom
    | #9

    Good article.

  10. Development without freedom
    | #10

    Weyanes met with Obama in secret. They did not announce it in advance because they knew they would face strong protest because they were thieves.

  11. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #11

    I just read an article on a similar Diaspora website Nazret. It is a copy of a news article from another website called Sudan Tribune under the headline “Ethiopia blames Eritrea for disturbance at embassy in US”. It mentioned other incidences which were not mentioned in any other articles dealing with the encounter that the security guard had taken the protesters in custody and released them after taking down their names and addresses. I have mentioned before that the way the encounter was handled by both sides was not a desirable one. In one of the videos it shows one of the protesters somewhat ready to lunge at the trigger happy security man. That was not right and uncalled for. Peaceful demonstration means peaceful devoid of slinging insults. When someone resorts to hurling insults then it is nothing more than the ‘good old days’ of ‘student’ protests of the 1960′s and 70′s. That is not a dignified way of peaceful demonstration. It is not right and will most likely erode the support to genuine opposition groups that have not gone to Asmara yet and will never go there to seek Al-Toweel’s support.

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    @savich
    Wow, wow, wow, brother slow down! Where did you hear that the weapon was ” smuggled”? Its outright lies like this that make the rest of us get tired of you and your kind! you don’t speak for me! Invading an embassy is a crime! There is nothing peaceful about what these 15 or so idiots did. You watch they will have their day in court.

  13. Qonjit Bogale
    | #13

    this is not a solution if you guys really have the gut? then you beter fight Woyanne at the battel field like they did to Mengistu otherwise barking like a mad dog wont take us no where trust me!

  14. Zelalem
    | #14

    [Robele Ababya],

    Compatriot ! I thank you for this article. In deed as we saw it on the news the protest went peaceful until the gun man come out brandishing his pistol. Even after the confrontation every thing went calmly even though the motive of Wedi Solomon is to forcefully chase the protesters. They held their ground being civil but firm. After he shot any where from two to four times to the air, then he aimed at the protesters. Thankfully, one of the two must have happened: he run out of bullet or his weapon jammed. obviously this is the most embarrassing evidence that Ethiopia is indeed run by ordinary tugs the likes of High way robbers. As a result, we see now the ambassador Girma and the TPLF politicians are giving different explanations of their won making. Some of their invention is far from the truth and unrelated to the situation.They began to blame Eretria for it. This diversion is expected as the regime is in great panic and wants sympathy form her backers and supporters. Nevertheless, the fact still remains the ambassador want to be Wedi Solomon is under an arrest warrant that carries a stature limitation of 30 years. \

    Read this latest arrest warrant below.

    http://ecadforum.com/2014/10/07/us-court-issues-arrest-warrant-for-ethiopian-embassy-gunman/

  15. Ya Adhinene Ke Meatu
    | #15

    What un Ethiopian !
    wondme G udj !!
    I have had been opposing EPRDF all over. So what ?
    DOES OPPOSING EPRDF MEAN THE OTHERS ARE WRIGHT ?
    can they get credit because EPRDF made mistakes in his planned activities or do they have something they have done to show ?
    OFTEN I DO MY CRTIC FROM THE CHOICES I HAVE. IF SOMEONE IS NOT IN THE
    POOL OF MY CHOICES I DO NOT CRITISIZE ! I DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER IT EXISTS
    SO IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE PLAYFIELD DO NOT BOTHER YOU WILL BE CRITISIZED
    BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW YOU WERE THERE AND IT IS ONLY YOUR MIND THAT
    THINKS HE IS THERE.
    Because I do not understand that what excites you. As to me I already
    knew that and worked for it that I will make tplf dominated eprdf go
    but the thing is that as it goes away it will take you too. It is not
    going itself without taking someone weaker than him.
    So when it falls down it will fall but is on top of you. Thus your pain
    is double that of the tplf as you will fall to the ground and again tplf
    will fall on you. what a double pain.

  16. Merdassa
    | #16

    President Obama is misinformed about the discriminating and racist rule of the TPLF and sad situation in Ethiopia. The TPLF rulers spend a lot of money on lobbying to promote their images in the US. In addition, they have good friends like Ms.Rice in the administration. However, the TPLF members and supporters should not take the president`s lack of information and statements as a diplomatic victory.

  17. qilkil
    | #17

    Yes, the fascist Hiwhat regime is hurling itself downhill its collapse, under the rubble the criminal bandits hiwhats shall be buried either dead or alive. The gunman shall not be going to his hometown to gossip or to watch porn-movies, read eulogies; rather, he shall be plowed into the grave and await hell and tastes the meal the dead robber’s demons cater to his desire and will.

  18. Andnet Kebreab
    | #18

    #6 Lighthouse: You must be a sycophant on the payroll of the TPLF regime;confronting the Woyane warlords who have left Ethiopia land-locked and committed heinous crimes including genocide for the last 23 years of their tyrannical rule is an act of epic patriotism.

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