Intimidation and violence as means of struggle?
third Ethiopian election in May gave the peoples of Ethiopia a
chance to exercise their democratic right in choosing and
delegating their representatives among the different political
parties to the Parliament. So much hope, promise and expectations
were relayed and advanced that the political struggle in Ethiopia
would only be directed by means of the ballot and rule of law.
Prerequisites and preparations such as media coverage, free
campaigns by the candidates among the electorate, etc. were
fulfilled, albeit threats of reprisals, hate and divisive
propaganda by some members of the centrist and chauvinist movement
of the CUD. Ethiopia has never been known for its strong
democratic tradition. After centuries of authoritarian rule by the
feudal Emperors and the military junta with their mass starvations
due to their corrupt systems, the introduction of the multiparty
system by the incumbent government with all its consequences and
risks was bold and appropriate. The magnanimity and rectitude
shown by the EPRDF, though with some of its shortcomings in
defending its policies insistently, to implement free and fair
election by inviting independent observers was unprecedented in
the history of the country. Oral propaganda, house-to-house
visits, flyers, SMS, cello phones and messengers such as
taxi-drivers were fully paid and used to disseminate the
interhamwee agenda of the CUD among the people. This irresponsible
act of a party, which aspired to shoulder power and seats in the
Parliament, have once again shown the complicated path and
intricate problems associated with the building-up of democracy
and democratic rule.
immediate announcement by the CUD of its victory in all the
constituencies and its accusation about the rigged election
results in Addis Ababa (despite its clean sweep) has cast doubts
about its real intentions of a peaceful and democratic transition
of power. Its mobilization of the urban poor and unemployed youth
through payments, smear campaigns and hatred among Ethiopians as
well as incitement into insurrection have ever since the May
election resulted in the loss of our compatriots and destruction
of private and public properties worth in billions. The June 8 and
Nov. 1 and consecutive days of violence were not by any standards
expressions of “non-violent and peaceful demonstrations” as
alleged by the CUD. The plans were well-crafted and orchestrated
in an attempt to seize state power through unconstitutional means
and illicit acts of violence. Not only the call for boycott and
demonstrations during the Ramadan month resorted to uprising but
urged the populace not to listen to Ethiopian media (TV and
Radio). Voice of America (VOA) and Deutsche Welle were the
recommended media for the CUD leadership. Simply put, in a country
where there is a legitimate government, the opposition has
declared itself to be the new government with its vacuous
declarations and reckless promulgations! Everybody knows that
those who work at VOA and Deutsche Welle programs are ex-EPRP,
ex-MEISON and ex-Royalists (all part of the CUD), with odious and
malevolent ideas wishing the demise of the EPRDF. These people
along with the disgruntled and malicious groups of the Diaspora,
ex-Derg officials and supporters are spreading mendacious and
unblushing reports aimed at discrediting the Ethiopian government.
Instructions written by Negede Gobeze, the architect of Red-Terror
and advisor of Colonel Mengistu are the centerpiece of CUD’s
strategy on how to topple the Ethiopian government.
of the Diaspora Ethiopians, who have been away from Ethiopia and
Ethiopian politics for decades and live in the lap of luxury and
comfort with their children attending the best schools together
with some easily recruited hoodlums, are working against the very
interests of the Ethiopian people. Their noisy arguments and
machinations consist of trying to lobby politicians in the West
not to donate or freeze aid, withdraw development money, not to
carry out relief work among the needy, not to cancel debt, etc. in
a country where many of our compatriots need a loaf of bread and
cups of clean water for their existence. This is the abnormal and
caddish behavior of those arrant hypocrites who call themselves as
Ethiopians and supporters of the CUD. Their asperity and sinister
aims by joining arms and working in harness with their newly found
friends, i.e. Shaibya’s supporters have also been recently
exposed in some countries. In some cases they have even gone
further in coercing Ethiopians through intimidation and violence.
Though the CUD promised castles in the air and attempted to seize
power through street violence, Ethiopians with all the nations and
nationalities are forever determined to discard the discord and
chasm á la interhamwee spread by the CUD and create a strong
nation, where brotherhood/sisterhood, equality, liberty and
democratic rights prevail. The old order of one dominating the
other is gone with the federalism braced by the Ethiopian people,
whereas the final jolt of the extremists has miserably collapsed
never to reappear in the future.
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