Ethiopia shall overcome. By Yilma Bekele

February 27th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

In May of 2005 the noble idea of bringing change by peaceful means died a violent death in Ethiopia. The Tigrai People Front declared in no uncertain terms power sharing is not part of the equation. They have proved it three times since then. What part of that do we have a problem accepting?

The TPLF party does not just whisper. They shout so loud that the whole body shakes from the vibration caused by the violent, vile and wild savage scream.

That did not stop well-meaning and brave Ethiopians from trying to convince the mafia crowed to reconsider their ugly ways. Like a clock work the Tigrai Liberation Front in power strikes back in a savage manner. Every time it is something old, something new and something different. The intent is to scare, punish and humiliate. Ato Meles used to get a report on the condition of his prisoners including their diet. He mentioned it during one of his press conferences regarding the weight of Andenet’s Chairperson he has in prison. That is how sick the deprived mafia group are like.
The Tigrai Front has been busy this election season. First they created a clone of Andenet and banned the real Andenet. Andenet members joined Semayawi or Blue party in mass and continued their political activities. They refused to go home quiet.
The Tigrai liberation Front has a new answer to this dilemma. They denied the candidacy of Chairman Yelkal Getahune of Semayawi Party in his district. How did they do that? They created a lottery system to fill the allotted number of candidates for the seat. Of course his name was not drawn. A very simple solution backed by the courts, security apparatus and their very own custom made and drawn to fit Constitution.
Both Andenet and Semayawi Party are legally registered political parties and everything they do is above board and designed to win the hearts and minds of the Ethiopian people so they can vote them in to office. You cannot be more legal than that. Their conviction to take it to the limit despite the daily violence and constant threat to the individuals and their families is a testament to the conviction and strength of their character.
The Tigrai Liberation Front to no one’s surprise is finding itself boxed in. It is referred to as catch 22. It is the paradoxical situation our Woyane friends are caught in. They have to repress violently to stay in power but the violence creates more determined enemies necessitating more violence on their part that breeds focused and cunning enemies. Time is against the Front. Violence and repression is the only trick they got in their survival bag and it is not a lasting tool to stay in power. Ask Mengistu, ask Mubarak, ask Assad, they will tell you.
The question is what are the victims doing about this injustice? Right now we are witnessing different responses from those affected by this virus. There is Semayawi and Andenet parties that have been trying to play by the rules but are faced with a brick wall with barbed wire. They are constantly resetting their response. There is Ginbot7 which has merged with Patriotic front that has resolved to do what is necessary to achieve freedom and smash the wall. The combined forces of the two is harbinger of things to come. The battle can be fought on many fronts as the number of combatants’ increases.
We also have Medrek trying to climb two trees because they have two legs. They have been attempting to do that the last four years and the fact that it is not possible has not discouraged them. They have become Tigrai fronts loyal opposition allowed to give the show some needed color. Some of Medreks leaders have been at this job of serving the Front since 2005. Remember they are the ones spared of Kaliti after Ato Meles’s riot. God knows how they dare face the Ethiopian people but due to our culture and history constantly being degraded the concept of shame has disappeared from our vocabulary.
The Tigrai Liberation Front is not alone in this quest to dominate and perpetuate their form of ethnic based democracy. Twenty years have given them plenty of time to experiment with all sorts of formula to perfect their impossible dream of building an independent Tigrai, create a dynasty to leave something behind for their children or if all fails to leave a legacy of disintegrating Ethiopia branded as a failed state.
The Western enablers couldn’t care less if Tigrai Liberation Front survives or not. Their concern is having a stable but friendly Ethiopia and they would work with whoever emerges from this mess. Right now the notorious organization is the only one that is delivering the promise of stable and puppet on a leash Ethiopia.
More than the Western enablers it is the Ethiopians themselves that are scrambling over each other’s dead body to stand behind the ethnic regime. Inside the country those organized under the banner of EPDRF are the main foot soldiers of the Front. They furnish the human resource to make such criminality possible.
The Liberation Front masquerading as a government is not going to go away. On the other hand the longer it stays in power the harder it would be to recover from the disaster that is surely to follow its demise. If is not the question it is when we should worry about. The ethnic issue relentlessly fertilized by the Front is the most dangerous to handle.
Right now the situation in Ethiopia is quiet but smoldering. The Tigrai front is using all its resources to convince the captive population the sun would not rise in Ethiopia without them in power. The country is awash with both carrot and stick. The sacred ‘Dedebit’ has been put on display to show the sacrifice and heroism of the Woyane warriors. Such notable bloogers as Daniel Berhane have been taken on a friendly tour accompanied with ambulances to tell us about the historic site. We are instructed to be thankful.
The equality of kilils organized on ethnic basis and referred to as ‘Nation nationalities’ is of course a major accomplishment by our benefactor the Tigrai liberation Front and the poor grateful citizens are brought out for display. As usual something unexpected happened. An audio of the pep talk given was made available to the rest of us.
The speaker was Abay Tsehaye a founding member of TPLF (ሕዝባዊ ወያኔ ሓርነት ትግራይ) and a non-elected official with power. Abay is one of those Woyane that wield considerable power always from the back ground. He is Chairman of Commercial bank of Ethiopia, Minster of Federal affairs and board member of EFFORT among others. This notorious terrorist is the one that planed the destruction of Waldeba Monastery to grow sugar. His domain includes the Police force and Administration of Addis Abeba.
The leaked audio is a perfect example of what is wrong with Ethiopia and Ethiopians. This non-elected official was heard lecturing the Oromo puppets serving him to hurry up with the taking of land or else face the wrath of the Front. His language was harsh his tone was dismissive, and his threat left nothing to the imagination. When you consider OPDO the Oromo ethnic party to be equal to TPLF on paper this audio shows how disgraceful this unequal relationship has always been. Don’t worry the Amhara, Gambella, or Sidama puppets do not fare any better.
Semayawi and Andenet parties are evaluating their next move. Under the dire circumstances they are finding themselves in they are still doing all they could to live free or die trying. They might not achieve their goal but all of us are in awe of their conviction and we all go to bed praying for our God to give them strength. No one can say they died of a coward’s death. No one can say they sold their country and honor for power and money. No matter what happens today we all know that by standing up for what is right they have already won.
Patriotic Front and Ginbot7 have been preparing their forces. It takes time and patience to confront such a criminal regime that uses all resources to fight the last battle. Today we feel empowered to think there is a group that is ready to speak with Woyane in the language they know and understand. Some of us are very impatient. It is understandable. But it is always better to be cautious and prudent when facing such an enemy that feels cornered. They can afford to sacrifice hundreds of combatants for every one of our brave solders. Remember the war the waged with Eritrea. We lost over eighty thousand while Eritrea sacrificed just twenty thousand. That is how Woyane operates.
It would really help if the large force of the Diaspora could join this battle for liberation. It would be considered a game changer. It would lesson our sacrifice. Unfortunately Ethiopia’s children are not as they used to be. Their culture has been watered down so much they have turned into nomads. We have become ghosts of our past. Today we are supplied the best Teff while our people are starving, we receive ready-made Enset while it is a luxury item at home, the Berbere and Mitmita the Shuro and the raw coffee is the envy of every merchant in Ethiopia. Come to any city USA and you can see the stores overflowing with stolen products from our people.
The Diaspora makes Woyane possible. The Diaspora has become the outside Medrek. They both complain about the injustice of Woyane but both sit under the feet of Tigrai Liberation Front waiting for crumbs to fall. Abbay Tsehaye, Debre Tsion, Bereket Simon, Sebhat Nega all laugh at us and the Western enablers shake their head when they see such degradation and willing acceptance of servitude.
Here in the USA we celebrated the struggle of our African people for justice and equality that was waged fifty years back. I am sure plenty of Ethiopians stood tall and proud by the accomplishments of our African Diaspora led by martin Luther King and others. I ask you a question my dear reader what do you think the outcome would have been if MLK was preaching to Ethiopians? Do you think the Montgomery bus boycott would have succeeded? Do you think the march from Selma to Montgomery would be celebrated today?
The answer to both would be no. All you have to do is look at Ethiopian (Woyane) Airlines and see what boycott is all about. You just need to visit Ethiopian restaurants and see the meaning of boycott written all over the menu. Pure Injera, tasty Kocho from Sidama and Ethiopian Beer is our answer to boycott. Go ahead climb two trees because you have two legs like Medrek is doing, please continue condemning Woyane with a loud voice for all to hear but do not forget to build your condominium on stolen land. Rage all you want against ethnic politics but do not forget to shed crocodile tears for the disintegration of our mother land.
Today all our newspapers and web sites are full of the daily injustice committed by the enemy. Every news item you read is a reminder that we are powerless, leaderless and sinking fast as people and country. You see that and naturally conclude the might Woyane is bigger than life. Most Ethiopians let alone at home even in the Diaspora are scared stiff when thinking about Woyane. The fear they created has frozen our thinking and sapped our energy and made us feeble.
It is up to each one of us to get out of this defeatist mind set. Our news media should strive to empower us. There are so many good things our people are accomplishing to help each other under dire circumstances and that is what we should talk about. Pretty soon we will celebrate our own victories but shouldn’t we start preparing our mind to tackle the heavy work that is awaiting us when we smash the evil empire. That is how we help Semayawi and Andenet. That is how we encourage Patriotic Front Ginbot7 to hasten their preparations. We know we are going to win. Good always triumphs over evil and it is no different this time around. A Luta continua-the struggle continues.

  1. Abera
    | #1

    This tired misrepresenting propaganda article is not different than the usual blah blah propaganda, and for sure it does not cut it. please try again with the new masked face of propaganda. we Ethiopians were too smart for such cheap propaganda.

  2. Eshetu Lema
    | #2

    Ato Yilma Bekala,

    please do not fool your self, because we can not defeat EPRDF by over indulging into endless lies and self deceptive articles, but if you are serious about defeating EPRDF you must arm your self with better political and economic agenda in order to convince the mass, if not the mass will not be swayed by your bufoon foolish writing, especially when ETHIOPIANS witnessing this unprecedented meteoric double degit economic growth.

  3. davisso
    | #3

    The power a democratic movement that is being carried out is a billion times more powerful than the guns and the bullets fascist tplf armed with. No doubt in everybody’s mind that a democratic system with equal opportunity for economic and political equality will disarm the armed mobs, tplf. The law of democracy is symmetrical and applicable in any country, in fact, for that matter, it is quite different from the law of jangle the tplf imposed upon Ethiopians.

    Yes, Ethiopians are exchanging all sorts of information about the historical struggle that has begun fighting against the war launched by the fascist tplf, including the liquidation of fascistic propaganda that has been coming out of the belly of HODAMS, ASKERS, CADRES,FOOLS AND THE LIKES. Yes, currently, fascist tplf is turning its face up to its demons to help him survive, but truth and facts supported by reality are showing a complete observational facts which have been clear to all tplf disoriented supporters and cadres of all sorts who have been scattering all over the world. In the end, which is quite near, Ethiopians will come out victorious against fascist tplf.

  4. limamem
    | #4

    It is considerable informative and guiding the entire reading, Mr. Yelma has presented to all Ethiopians. Well, at times when Ethiopians are praying for those the dearest Ethiopians who sacrificed their priceless life for this noble cause that has begun the moment the enemy entered in our country, there are millions of Ethiopians who have raised their feast against the enemy while carrying out the tasks at hand in defeating the enemy, and there are always the vanguards and the support in this historical struggle.

  5. Ye Gonder Jegna
    | #5

    TALK IS CHEAP

    WE CAN NOT BUILD ECONOMICALLY VIABLE COUNTRY BY HATE FILLED PROPAGANDA AND BY ENDLESS LUST FOR POWER, BUT IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY DO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND FOR YOUR PEOPLE.

    “ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY” BY OVER COMING YOUR NEGATIVITY AND UNPRODUCTIVITY.JFK

    As we speak, Those who are positive and love Ethiopia and Ethiopians doing these stellar visionary acts in order to leave positive mark for their country by Building schools,Building colleges and universities, Building bridges, Building roads, Building highways, Building mega irrigation farming, Building city mass transportation rail roads, Building cross country railways, Building state of the art manufacturing factories, Building constructive positive young generations by introducing meaningful viable education, Building Hospitals, Building Clinics, Building and expanding housings, Building skyscrapers, Building Mega hydro dams, Building and connecting every region and villages with hydro lines, Building self reliant responsible communities that is economically and culturally preserving manner, Building a governing socioeconomic system that highly effective and efficient to the society reach and paving the way to international investors, Building a socioeconomic system that pragmatic and responsive to the needs of the locals, Building a society that is cooperative and tolerable to each other based on mutual respect, Building and harnessing mass communications, Building high quality education, Building the most viable and reliable air transportation system, Building a new and improving the old airports in every region of the country, Building modern farming by educating and organizing farmers to cooperative farming, Building and encouraging macro and micro economics within the country and in international trading. there is endless list…….

    NOW WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR COUNTRY OR YOUR PEOPLE LATELY TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL POSITIVE MARK ? ? OR ARE YOU ONE THOSE UNPRODUCTIVE NEGATIVE AND HYPOCRAT WHO CRITICIZE THE HARD WORKING PRODUCTIVE VISIONARRIES ? ?

  6. Tamagne Melaku Tefera
    | #6

    I read boycott Ethiopia Airlines message from Yilma for the last 5 years but it does not work.In the contrary Ethiopian Airlines number of passengers grew from 2million per year to 7million per year.But still Yilma says boycott.” Ye mogn lekeso meleso melaleso” yilal yagere sew

  7. Agonafer Shiferaw
    | #7

    We need to get the book (MLK Comic Book) that Helped Inspire Arab Spring to get translated in Amharic.

    A 50-year old comic book is receiving renewed interest in the D.C. area, thanks to the upcoming dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, and recent events in the Middle East.

    Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress says the book, called Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, brought a message of non-violent resistance to the Middle East. That message was especially important in Egypt, where protesters gathered in February in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to call for an end to the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.

    “It has a huge influence,” Al-Suwaij says of the comic book. “I’ve seen it many times with our young activists — holding it in Tahrir Square during the demonstrations to get rid of Mubarak and during the revolution.”

    The text uses a comic book format to tell the story of the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., and the start of the civil rights movement. Although the more bloody revolution currently going on in Libya is counter to the strategy of the non-violent movement, Al-Suwaij says there is a direct connection between all people who seek justice and the legacy of the rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

    “I see it as the torch that’s been handed over from Gandhi to Dr. King and now from Dr. King to the Arab people,” she says.

    The book was published in English in 1958, and has now been translated into Arab and Farsi.

    http://wamu.org/news/11/08/24/mlk_comic_book_helped_inspire_arab_spring.php

  8. Dawi
    | #8

    Bro. Yelma said:

    [[.. There is Semayawi and Andenet parties that have been trying to play by the rules but are faced with a brick wall with barbed wire. They are constantly resetting their response..]]

    The opposition should continue to use the space allowed and continue trying to open up more space without using violence.

    The semi authoritarian EPRDF government has given some space for the opposition but, if you over play the “brick wall” and threaten EPRDF’s existence the playing space narrows; so your empty bravado that insults the players such as Andenet is futile if you ask me.

    [[..There is Ginbot7 which has merged with Patriotic front..]]

    As long as Ginbot 7 is dancing with the most corrupt in the region (Eritrea) they won’t smash no kind of wall what so ever. They will end up in the cage Isayas is in now; after listening his interview on ESAT, I think it is likely that he will end up like Gadafi; he is sounding like him already. Remember …Gadafi saying.”MY Biple love Me!!” but, they put a stick in his A*** at the end; didn’t they? The same fate is awaiting Isayas if you ask me.

    Just look how corrupt is the man compared to Woyane of Ethiopia?

    According to the recent Swiss Leaks:

    http://www.icij.org/project/swiss-leaks/explore-swiss-leaks-data

    PFDJ generals and your Isayas might have stolen and hid 699 million dollars from Eritrea. Eritrea’s GDP per capita was $253 in 2007. (Source: World Bank)

    Eritrea is ranked #53 among the countries with the largest dollar amounts in the leaked Swiss files.

    Ethiopia is ranked #153 among the countries with the largest dollar amounts in the leaked Swiss files.

    The maximum amount of money associated with a client connected to Ethiopia was $2M. Ethiopia’s GDP per capita was $245 in 2007. source: World Bank)

    [[..The Tigrai Liberation Front to no one’s surprise is finding itself boxed in. It is referred to as catch 22. It is the paradoxical situation our Woyane friends are caught in ]]

    It may look like that to you now but, the situation for the non-united opposition may end up in a much worst situation if they follow your empty help.

    That is what Prof. Tecola is trying to tell us but, you are not listening to him.

    Remember that despite serious problems with corruption & human rights violation a number of states have achieved considerable development.

    Examples include China and Vietnam, which are ranked in place 78 and place 107 respectively out of 158 ranked countries on Transparency International’s 2005 Corruption.

    So the “failed state” scenario & your analysis are toothless.

  9. Geressu
    | #9

    To the weyanne or hodam using the cyber name Dawi,
    You and your weyanne bosses do not have any ethical and moral grounds to accuse Isaias and his generals of theft. The weyanne leaders, members and followers have been openly looting and stashing away billions of dollars. Even the illicit money transfers from Ethiopia by the weyannes (US $11.9 billions)is the tip of the ice-berg.In addition, the mega businesses of the weyanne such as EFFORT are controlling all the country`s economy and enriching a tiny section of the society of which Dawi is a part. My points are not made here to defend theft or robberr but to point out that the big thief(Weyannes)should not point its fingers at the much smaller ones. If Dawi wants us to believe that his weyanne bosses or colleagues in theft are clean and innocent, he should present his evidences.

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