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Written by Hanna Kebede   
Monday, 26 October 2009

Written by Hanna Kebede Switzerland / 12 October 2009

The EPRDF, indeed, has never sought to operate as an open and democratic organization. One striking indicator of this has been the virtual invisibility of its leader. Meles Zenawi's behavior recalls the era when emperors lived in ritual seclusion; he is virtually never seen, or engages in any public way with other Ethiopians. In striking contrast to his accessibility to important foreigners on an international stage, it has retained all the instincts of a Marxist-Leninst regime.

All Ethiopians had every reason to be worried about a government of Marxist guerrillas. The role of youth in Ethiopia's future deserves special attention. The dictators aim to mobilize and ¨harness the energy of Ethiopian youth¨ Abuse the youth, the opposition and the old.

¨We can’t undo the past, but we can change the future through reaching out to others and through acting as agents of reconciliation between alienated people and groups.

If we are willing to move on and to embrace the principles of ¨humanity before ethnicity¨ and that ¨no one is free until we are all free.¨ come and join us.

Let us think about the massacre of the innocent people protesting in Addis and the ongoing killing in the ogaden region. Everybody knows well about the human rights crimes committed by Meles, but so far, there is no one mobilizing body fighting back. It is in the interest of all of us to have peace, security, justice and stability in the country. What we have in the free world is possible in Ethiopia, if Ethiopians devote themselves to it. All we ask is that you Step up and do your share.

May God help Meles and the TPLF respond to our call by releasing all political prisoners.

Fight the silence on atrocities and chaos

Dictatorship in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia today, the people have been silenced by the government. The people in Ethiopia have no voice; yet, they are in acute distress and no one seems to recognize the severity of their pain. If they speak up, they end up in jail, so many will not take the risk.

The Meles regime understands the power of information and is doing all they can think of to suppress information. We know that they bribe, threaten and intimidate people to remain silent. They underhandedly attempt to divide groups, infiltrating organizations, ethnic communities, political parties and religious groups in order to stir up inner conflicts resulting in limiting the effectiveness of these groups.

They had also blocked the media and communication system; even cell phone usage and the internet. They repeatedly produce propaganda; lying deceiving and purposefully misleading the people and outsiders as well. They have denied committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

We Ethiopians have to take some responsibility we have to break silence. Africa must want to break the silence and take action for we have had enough of genocide, tyranny and dictatorship.

It must be about all of the people standing together for the joint survival of their country. All of us Ethiopians have the responsibility to get involve and help the change we need to our country. Fight the silence, expose the truth and revive the country through a peaceful transition to a new and healthier system for everybody.

If we want real change in Ethiopia, every Ethiopian must not look for others to do it for them, but instead it comes to the need for every person to commit and sacrifice.

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