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Ethiopians in Dallas Joined the World-Wide March
On Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Ethiopians living in Dallas and the surrounding areas held a public rally for the release of political prisoners and against repression in Ethiopia. Chanting slogans and holding high their placard which partially read as:
• Free Birtukan Now!
• Free Bekele Jirata Now!
• Free Teddy Afro Now!
• Free Abera Yemaneab!
• Free all political Prisoners Now!
• Stop the repression in all parts of Ethiopia!
The demonstrators marched through major streets in down town Dallas starting from 1100 Commerce Street (The Federal Building Plaza) and finally stopping at City Hall Plaza to hold pep rally.
At the city hall, the demonstrators heard from several speakers who condemned the brutal actions of Meles’s regime and who vowed to continue their struggle until the leaders of the people like Birtukan Mideksa and symbols of the country like the popular singer Teddy Afro are freed and the dreams of the Ethiopian people for free and democratic country is realized.
The demonstration showed that the brazen move by Meles’s regime against the leaders of the political opposition is galvanizing disparate political forces to come together for a common goal and is also convincing people who were sitting at the fence until now to join the movement for freedom, democracy and justice.
The demonstration was organized jointly by local supporters of major political parties, civic organizations and patriotic Ethiopians.
January 14, 2009