Zenawi Stands On The Wrong Side Of History – by Joe Michael

February 19th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

If a Head of State, a country’s Prime Minister tells media and his people that arresting opposition leader is good for democracy, there is no question that his government is on the wrong side of history. (more…)

If a Head of State, a country’s Prime Minister tells media and his people that arresting opposition leader is good for democracy, there is no question that his government is on the wrong side of history. No matter from which point of view you are looking at it, a government that jails a peaceful opposition leader for not saying sorry about a statement that she has made is clearly a tyranny.

In his recent press conference, the most lunatic and dictator PM of Ethiopia told local and international reporters that he has arrested the peaceful opposition leader to send a clear message to other politicians that the rule of law applies to everyone. He boldly added that her arrest would strengthen the democracy process in the country. The PM also stated that the opposition leader could have not been arrested had she said sorry about a statement she had made regarding the pardon that was given to her by the government approximately two years ago.

What’s witty is the fact that the regime it self has been illegitimately arresting, torturing, and killing its citizens by disregarding the rule of law. Politicians, entrepreneurs, students, artists, philanthropists, journalist, teachers, tourists, etc. have been arrested in different occasions simply because they have different political views or because they have criticized the regime.

Recently, on what many political analysts described it as unlawful kidnap, government agents abducted the opposition leader Ms. Birtukan Mideksa from a street, without any court paper or legal notice, and throw her into jail. Her crime was refusing to say sorry for a statement she has made about the controversial pardon that was facilitated by the local elders.

Since her arrest, the PM and his government has been under scrutiny by the donor countries that have been intensely pressuring for her immediate release. United States, the biggest donor of Ethiopia is also aware of the problem and stated that it’s following the case closely. Few weeks ago, a number of U.S. lawmakers wrote letter to the PM requesting the immediate release of Ms. Mideksa.

As President Obama said on his inauguration speech, the Ethiopian government that has been arresting and killing its political opponents to clinch power should realize that it is standing on the wrong side of history. Repression, imprisonment, torture of political prisoners, and violation of the most fundamental human rights of people could only lead to destruction. All political prisoners must be freed and they must be freed now!

  1. ራስ
    | #1

    በጥምና ከሚከታተሉት የኦባማን መንግስት በተለይ በወያኔላይ ያለውን የዲፕሎማትክ ፕሪንስፕል ከሶማሊያ ግባት መሬት ባሽግር ወያኔ ምንጥቅም አለው?ከሚሉት ካንምፕ ወስጥ ነኝ;;

  2. Hagerusemen
    | #2

    “the PM and his government has been under scrutiny by the donor countries that have been intensely pressuring for her immediate release. United States, the biggest donor of Ethiopia is also aware of the problem and stated that it’s following the case closely.”

    I don’t blame donor countries because they have their own priorities and national interest. They have to worry about Robert Mugabea of Zimbabwe for loving his country and people!! After twenty years of brutality and repression, I strongly believe it is the Elephant’s tear not scrutiny, because Zenawi is the Hybrid for a 21st century neocolonialism!!

  3. Aleen 7
    | #3

    You are absolutely right Mr Hageruseme.

  4. ነጣነት ወሰኑ
    | #4

    ሕዝብ የተነሳለት አነሱን አያድርገኝ

  5. gudu
    | #5

    The US put Meles and his group in power in 1991. The US has been and still is supporting Meles Zenawi and his guerilla gruop. Monye flows, and human right ignored all the while the US is, as usul as in 2005, “following the case closely”. That’s what the US did after 200 demonstrators were shot dead! What is that we Ethiopians do not know about the US role in Ethiopia?

  6. k.yiferdal
    | #6

    not only on the wrong side of history,also to the direction of his final destination,DEATH.

  7. mateos
    | #7

    Under his leadership, Ethiopia did not only became midget, bald, ugly, but a shame to all Ethiopians as well to many Africans. The damage done by this midget and ugly to the Ethiopian people is going to be a long lasting. Yes his bloody thirsty gangho agazzi and their backers might have silensed the population in general but it ain’t going to last. He is the devil of devils and Ethiopia and Ethiopians should not be represented by such backward, sophisticated modern slave, and looter. Let the healing begin with or with out these tribalist and killers!

  8. bill
    | #8

    the next step is to go to the UScourt system to sute the thugs for murder, torture,and stealing millions of doneted money we have the evidence lets not wast time together we can make history . that includes the EPRDF CELLSthat operats ,in redeo,internet,money exchange etc…MAY GOD SAVE ETHIOPIA and ETHIOPIANS.

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    the crime minster cannot stand any intellectual who sand against him so instead of talking too much we just have to stand like aman and fight for our freedom which wecannot achieve without sucrifiyng please stop wining and get up be aman

  10. DANIEL SOLOMIN
    | #10

    THANK YOU JOE MICHAEL _FOR THE MARVELOUS WRITTINGS-TO BE A voice – to voicelesS TO Ethiopians

  11. Lulataw
    | #11

    I am glad You ,Joe Michael ,noticed how cold Meles was when he was talking about Bertukan.Can he be more dictator than this ?

  12. ተወራ
    | #12

    እግዚአብሀእር ቸርነውና ቸር ያወርዳል
    የበደለም በትበዳይ እጂ ላይ ወድቆ ይጋረጣል
    ህብን የበደለ መማሪያ የለሌው የሰፈር ሰይጣን ነው
    ቢዘገይ ቢዘገይ ከጧት ማታ የቡና ወቅት የማልፈው
    የሚወጣ ልጂ አይጥላህ የሚያልፍ ዝናብ አይምታህ
    ይላል ያገሬ ሰው ሲመርቅ ሌለውን የውህ

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