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Sunday, 17 February 2008

Sustained rally for free assembly an free press !!!

Tedla Asfaw
What happened to the struggle for freedom and democracy after the elected leaders of Kinijit were released six months ago? why is all the demonstrations and the lobbies through out the Diaspora ended after the release of the elected leaders. Is it because the struggle for freedom and democracy is completed after the release of the elected leaders?
These were the questions asked by journalist Eskinder who was released after two years in jail today on "Nestanet Le Ethiopia Radio" today (Feb. 17) and in fact he challenged all of us to rekindle the struggle for freedom and democracy irrespective of what happen to those who are sacrificing facing tyranny head on in Ethiopia.
The Diaspora Ethiopians have to organize ourselves and call for the right to print and assemble freely and denounce the make-believe election organized by TPLF/EPRDF this spring for the world community. We can not be quiet while our people are intimidated to vote for government paid candidates.
Can those who support different wings of Kinijit organize a sustained protest and be a voice of the millions of voiceless Ethiopians? All the oppositions, Oromo Liberation Movement(OLF), Ogaden National Liberation Front(ONLF) and other opposition supporters have to rally behind the right to assemble and organize  freely.
If opposition supporters do not agree to call for a sustained protest like they did for the release of the Kinijit leadership  and spend their times on  their own paltalk accusing each other it should be clear to all of us that such actions are not pushing our struggle one inch and TPLF/EPDRF will stay on power for a long time "winning" another victory for the coming "general election" of 2010.
Without sustained struggle for freedom, no tyrant will give power for its people and that struggle which was aborted six months ago here in the Diaspora should start immediately and be a catalyst for our people  back home.