Ethiopians in Dallas Exposed Melese’s Proxies – By Ethiopians in Dallas

April 25th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Melese’s surrogates were in Dallas to address a hand picked audience from the Ethiopian Diaspora. The local Weyane/EPDRF operatives have been preparing for this meeting in “secret” for some time now. Tipped by insiders and similar event participants in Houston, a coalition of all opposition supporters in Dallas faced the Weyane/EPDRF and challenges them why a government which claims to be open and democratic plans and holds meetings in secret with a selected few. The reasons for this are of course obvious. (more…)

Melese’s surrogates were in Dallas to address a hand picked audience from the Ethiopian Diaspora. The local Weyane/EPDRF operatives have been preparing for this meeting in “secret” for some time now. Tipped by insiders and similar event participants in Houston, a coalition of all opposition supporters in Dallas faced the Weyane/EPDRF and challenges them why a government which claims to be open and democratic plans and holds meetings in secret with a selected few. The reasons for this are of course obvious.

If Weyane wants a discourse with Ethiopians, it should do it at home. We know at home our people are made captive audiences of its propaganda barrage by fiat and control. If not dialogue what is it that then Melese and Co are looking for from Diaspora? They have seen in the last two years how the Ethiopian Diaspora has become an effective voice for its people. They want to silence that voice by:

1. Influencing some of the Diaspora members to collaborate with Melese in the name of investment. As a dispenser of all rural/city land, Melese is working hard to buy the loyalty of some of us with a promise of land or property in Ethiopia. To this effect, the participants of meetings with government/embassy officials will be identified first and invited to attend privately through personal mail and/or telephone call. There will be no public announcement of the meeting.
2. The attendees of the meeting will be lectured on the democratic and development virtues of the Melese’s regime while they are being video taped for repeated propaganda play and replay on Ethiopian TV. This is supposed to embolden its supporters at home and subdue its opponents.

There is no other agenda or goal in these meetings. Knowing this, the supporters of all oppositions groups in Dallas together with other fellow Ethiopians made a decision to make sure that if a meeting is held that the true voices of the Ethiopian Diaspora is heard. If Melese’s proxies can’t swallow that then they have to be forced to cancel the meeting. This is exactly what is attempted and what aborted from happening on August 24, 2008 in Dallas, TX at the Quality Inn & Suites.

Around 5:00PM the demonstrators made their way to the meeting Hall at Quality Inn with placards and pictures of victims who were murdered by Agazi forces of Melese. In the Hall, there were only 15 people; three of whom were aligned with the demonstrators. Out numbered almost 8 to one, the official organizers have to call security guards and later the police to ask the demonstrators to leave the Hall. The demonstrated continued with their slogans until the police arrived.

The speakers of the meeting were supposed to be Ato Taye and Ato Muluye from the Weyane Embassies in Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. When they saw that they have no chance to lecture a captive audience and record a video for propaganda display on Ethiopian TV, the speakers chose not to speak. They asked the police to evict the demonstrators out of the Hall. The police recognized the right of the demonstrating Ethiopians to attend the meeting with their placards as long as it is shown in a peaceful manner. The police has to finally ask everybody, including the embassy officials and the surrogates of Melese in Dallas to leave the Hall as tension rises. The attempt of the agents of the butcher of Addis Abeba to silence the Diaspora voice in the name of investment opportunities ended in total fiasco.

Fellow Ethiopians everywhere, take lesson from today’s action from Dallas: never allow the agents of the butcher of Addis Abeba to silence us through a promise of land. Who is he to give us back our own land? To those of us who want to invest in Ethiopia, go home quietly and invest in your family and with your family. Please don’t be used to cover the crime of a brutal regime.

Quality Inn & Suites
7815 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75251

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