EPRDF Shudders at Truth
December 30, 2008
We in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)
condemn the recent imprisonment of Ms. Bertukan Mideksa,
the chairwoman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy
Party (CUDP), the beating of Professor Mesfin and the
intimidation of the UDJP opposition party or any other
political party seeking its legitimate constitutional
right to freely operate within Ethiopia.
We condemn the imprisonment of Teddy Afro on trumped
up charges, the imprisonment of Oromo and Ogadeni dissidents
and the continued harassment of many other courageous
Ethiopians who suffer only because they desire a free
and just society built on a foundation of truth rather
than on the lies, deception and propaganda of this repressive
The EPRDF has once again shown how easily offended
they are when the light of truth “publicly exposes”
their dark deeds through the moral courage of Ethiopians
who stand up against it.
The simple power of truth can shaken fortresses of
oppression whose strength depends on lies, deception,
propaganda and cover-up.
No wonder the Meles regime over-reacted when Bertukan
Mideksa refused to recant her statement recently made
in Sweden about the terms of her release.
Despite threats, she refused to accept responsibility
for the false grounds of her and other CUDP leaders’
imprisonment following the flawed Ethiopian National
Election of 2005 and the Meles government’s killing
of 193 election protestors. Everyone already knows that
any apology on her part would only be part of a continued
“cover-up” by this regime, but she broke
a regime rule which demanded that she “openly
pretend” that the government was in the right,
if she wanted to remain free.
If she would have only agreed not to challenge EPRDF
propaganda, she and her newly formed UDJP, would be
allowed to “operate” within the country
as an “example” of political freedom. Yet,
what kind of opposition party is possible if it can
only operate as a puppet of the EPRDF? It would only
help enhance a false image of the EPRDF in the international
community. Instead, Bertukan refused and now she is
The Meles regime counts on using fear and intimidation
to suppress the truth; however, what they most fear
is the moral courage of the people to stand up for what
they believe regardless of their threats.
How many Ethiopians are dead, beaten or in prison for
upholding God-given principles in defiance to a system
that punishes its people for standing up against lies
The Meles government has become like a mafia-style
gang of thugs. Instead of feeding, educating
and protecting the people, they are killing the country
while draining its resources. People, one by one, are
being hurt. When one Ethiopian is wounded, let us all
feel the pain and stand up in their defense.
In the old Ethiopia, when someone was imprisoned, killed
or persecuted from outside our own political group,
ethnic group, region or religion, we turned away because
they were not considered to be “part of us”
or “part of our group.” This is the Ethiopia
that is killing us. No more!
It is also time for Ethiopians in the Diaspora
to stop complaining, accusing and attacking regarding
the division of the Kinijit. It is time to put aside
the old and come forward believing in the principles
of humanity before ethnicity and that no one is free
until we all are free. Despite Meles’ intimidation
and arrests, he will not stop us if we come together
to uphold truth, morality and the value of each member
of our society.
All of us must stand up against the arrest of Bertukan
who took a brave stand for truth, the arrest of Teddy
Afro whose strong and soothing songs have brought tears
of joy in a land where most tears are tears of pain
and misery, the arrests of our Oromo brothers and sisters
who were unjustly rounded up only a few weeks ago, the
attacks against the Ogadeni who are severely suffering
in our southeastern region and the continued imprisonment
of many thousands of Ethiopian prisoners of conscience
from the east to the west from the north to the south. Until all of these people are free, we will
not be free!
We know that Meles is bringing death to Ethiopia, but we should know that the killers are few and
that we, the revivers, are many. May our God help us
to rise up and to stand, side by side, as humans first,
and as Ethiopians second. Let us trust in God for his
help as we come together in action.
Let us also pray for the protection and strengthening
of those like Bertukan who have defied the darkness
with the light of truth. As we Ethiopians stand up together
in solidarity with one voice we can show that we are
ready to free our country and to create a government
of the people.
This is a message we can take to the world! Never lose
hope for with God, all things are possible! He is the
protector and advocate of those who come in humility!
He is more powerful than the guns, the greed and the
immoral system that breeds hatred in Ethiopia!
May God bless Ethiopia!
Please do not hesitate to email me
if you have comments to: Obang@solidaritymovement.org
Obang Metho, Executive Member of the Solidarity Movement
for a New Ethiopia