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Ethiopia - Protests disrupt Georgetown Award to Azeb Mesfin

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01/18/07

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Ethiopia - Protests disrupt Georgetown Award to Azeb Mesfin

VIDEOAzeb Mesfin at the Legacy of a Dream Award ceremony

Protests disrupt Georgetown Award to Azeb Mesfin

Group objects to University giving award to Ethiopian First Lady
by Kate Mays

The Georgetown Voice

Protests erupted during President John J. DeGioia’s speech at Georgetown’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration on Monday night.

Azeb Mesfin in Shangai China

Photo: Azeb Mesfin at Okura Garden Hotel in Shanghai China in 2005

“Shame on you, Georgetown University,” a man’s voice shouted above the clamor as DeGioia presented the Coach John Thompson, Jr. “Legacy of a Dream” Award to the first ladies of Zambia, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

When the three women accepted the award on behalf of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), members of the Solidarity Committee for Ethiopian Political Prisoners (SOCEPP) in the Kennedy Center auditorium began shouting.

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to flyers distributed by SOCEPP, the group objected to Georgetown’s recognition of First Lady of Ethiopia, Azeb Mesfin, who is Vice-Chairperson of OAFLA.

“You don’t deserve this!” a woman’s voice rang out when Mesfin stepped onto the stage.

The flyers called on the University to reverse its decision to include Mesfin and alleged that she has played a role in corruption and anti-democratic policies.

The flyers also accused Mesfin and her husband, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, of contributing “to the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia by dismantling the health system.”

DeGioia, who could not finish presenting the award over the noise, implored the protesters to cease, saying, “in the spirit in which this evening is being conducted, please.”

Canaan McCaslin (SFS ‘09), a member of the MLK planning committee, expressed similar sentiments after the event.

“The organization [OAFLA] as a whole represents something greater than the three of them,” he said. “While [the protesters’] intentions were good and understandable, they could have displayed them better and more appropriately, not at a service for Dr. King.”

Speaking in a quiet, halting voice, Mesfin remained steady throughout her talk, despite intermittent yelling from the audience. Several protesters were removed from the auditorium.

OAFLA “gives a mother’s face to AIDS, a voice to the voiceless,” the First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame, said. Her husband, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, led the army that ended the Rwanda genocide in 1994.

Maureen Mwanawasa, First Lady of Zambia, called for more support from other countries outside of Africa, declaring that success can only come when “the rest of the world stops thinking Africa is a bastard case.”

The Let Freedom Ring event, jointly sponsored by Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center, is the sixth annual concert honoring King. Hosted by WUSA Channel 9 News anchor Andrea Roane, the concert proceeded smoothly after the award presentation, and included musical performances by Brian McKnight, the violin duo Nuttin’ But Stringz, and the Let Freedom Ring choir, as well as a speech by recently-inaugurated Mayor Adrian Fenty.

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Meles Zenawi and Azeb Mesfin
Azeb Mesfin with Husband Meles Zenawi and unnamed guests. Date and location not known. Source Walkait.com (no longer online)

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Comment from: Hakimgara [Visitor]
Hakimgara

Did you know that….
“Azeb Mesfin or Gola and from what I heard her uncle was Dejazmatch Taye Gola who earned his titles from the Italians and who, with the late Yirga Desta, facilitated the entry of the TPLF soldiers into Welkait, Tegede and Armacheho. Sometimes genes may matter as the grandfather of Meles was another Banda.”
http://www.ethiox.com/articles/the_first_lady_of_gaffe1.html

01/18/07 @ 11:17
Comment from: nbraga [Visitor]
nbraga

Azeb is one of the most corrupted individuals from the TPLF. She has pocket millions of dollars stolen from the aid money sent to our people. She is one of the ruthless bureaucrats in the TPLF circle. She has to face the opposition and enjoy a shameful experience. Tyrant Meles and Azeb are enemy of Ethiopia! All those Ethiopian who murdered and massacre by this two one day will get justice.
By the way, when the 193 Ethiopians were murdered by agazi forces, she and her husband were celebrating daughter’s graduation at Sheraton. Imagine how blood sucking couples they are.

01/18/07 @ 11:17
Comment from: Real [Visitor]
Real

The woyane “chika eras and slaves,” Che said(I think he is right.), have a lot of insult and I do not need to comment on this. I have seen that they are good at insult, if not on other things. So Bereket, Meles, … are. No Surprise!

Now, Mr moderator I going back to those idiots. People are not accessing web cites there. Can you post a server name so that I can still read Nazret.com

Thank you!

01/18/07 @ 11:23
Comment from: Araya [Visitor]
Araya

Georgetwon University has made a big mistake and should be held accountable for what it did. Let’s all devote our time, money and effort to make them pay the price.

01/18/07 @ 11:24
Comment from: lekim [Visitor]
lekim

Who was tending to the university’s parking lot when these retards were heckling the first lady? CUD’s loss is U of G’s gain and it will be reflected on their bottom-line even if it is an increase in revenue for one day only.

Professor Che Guevara must have taken a break from mopping the university lavatory to join the ruckus.

01/18/07 @ 11:50
Comment from: Yeha [Visitor]
Yeha

Azeb Mesfin is one of the smartest woman in Ethiopia if not Africa. She deserves the big award from Georgetown University. Congratulations Mrs Mesfin.

No surprise there if the mad dog parklogist diaspora have Protested or have said something there as usual. These anti Ethiopia elements will continued protesting as Ethiopian condition continously improved.

01/18/07 @ 11:54
Comment from: ethiopatriot [Visitor]
ethiopatriot

men it is so embaressing to hear Ethiopians protesting MLK award “DeGioia, who could not finish presenting the award over the noise, implored the protesters to cease, saying, “in the spirit in which this evening is being conducted, please.” Again embarassing, the MLK award is bigger than the first lady, and george Town choose to award the first lady she did not ask for it.

Congradulations Ms Azeb hope you will get more awards in the future, to the dismay of the Mis guided souls

01/18/07 @ 12:14
Comment from: Bex [Visitor]
Bex

I can tell where the dish Meles ate from is made…this guy is hodam in all activities he engages!

On another note, the dinner table is pretty modest by all accounts. I have been to many Ethiopian households where undue extravagance is everywhere.

01/18/07 @ 12:14
Comment from: Yirgacheffeeይርጋጨፍ [Visitor]
Yirgacheffeeይርጋጨፍ

I think it is time for Kinijit people to thank Azeb Jegna for liberating them from Dergue among other things.

01/18/07 @ 12:21
Comment from: Ferede [Visitor]
Ferede

Not to worry:

There will be time that she and her husband (the mini animal Meles) gone be required to return the award and respond for their crimes against humanity

Georgetown University Shame on you

01/18/07 @ 12:22
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

What more can this lady deserved more than this , shame on all you
guys working with such tyrannical
couples as zenawi and his wife .
Before giving any award to such person don’t forget the victimes of
the regime which has been led by her husband .
JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIMES !!!
LONG LIVE THE TRUE ETHIOPIANS !!!

01/18/07 @ 12:28
Comment from: ethichulo [Visitor]
ethichulo

Wow i can’t belive this…that’s why Ethiopia Lezelealem Ayalfilatim…we are allways hating on each other and you know why…becuase we are not the one thats getting this award…i use to have friends that didn’t want to be known as Ethiopians but now that i think about it…I don’t blame them…I don’t blame the Oromos the Eritrians,the Somalies, the Tigres for wanting to have theire own Identity and not be called an Ethiopian…May God give you all the Education and Guidance that you need…BTW Not all Ethiopians (Oromo, Tigre, Amara, Gurage,…) are bad…it’s just some (enkirdad hulu)

01/18/07 @ 12:31
Comment from: z [Visitor]
z

Any one would give an award to any one they wanted but,for Georgetown to use kings name to give this kind ward with out Terrel investigation before this kind of thing happening is such a disgrace. Rev,Dr marten Luther king was a just men so secret to all people they should know better. is the chino the precedent. they know this better. they have a lot of Ethiopians living and working in that area than any place in USA and the have some Ethiopians students and faculty and employees it is an utter disregard to every one.

01/18/07 @ 12:38
Comment from: Danny [Visitor]
Danny

I am one of those who attend the ceremony.

I was not surprised that seeing the tyranny wife was shaking and also her voice slowly was diminishing while she was reading in front of the audience. Apparently, It took me back one of the Shakesperian play, which is Hamlet since the scene is more a theatrical play than award. In addition, the back ground is red as soak of blood and the fixture of light is more Shadowiness than bright and I told my self this is Stratford where a Shakespeare play takes place. When the play start, it flash me back to the voice of Hamlet since the voice speaks itself as fearful and shaky. When the scene was over, I walked through the exit with the third line. Once I got I had spare time to replay all the scene until I reached to my car. I draw play by play and scene by scene. I became more angry and sad. I told myself those Innocent children’s blood are not vain and one day those humans’ blood can speak itself as a mocking bird that we have seen in the play of Hamlet.

01/18/07 @ 12:51
Comment from: Kuku [Visitor]
Kuku

Bravo Bravo the Ethiopian people stood up to excersice their freedom in the US but in Ethiopia they would have been imprisoned or killed by the husband of Azeb Mesfin terror security force.
It is very insulting for Georgetown to invite a woman who supports the killing of many innocent lives while they were protesting peacefully into a night to honor the honorable DR. King. Dr. King does not stand for the ideals of Azeb Mesfin. He stood for freedom and equality. On the other hand Azeb Mesfin stands against those who protest for freedom in Ethiopia. What a shame to invite a wife of a murderer dictator to such a dignified event to honor the great leader DR. King. Justice will be served for 190 people her husband was resposible of massacaring in 2005. Dr. king stands for peace and equality not for the ideas of people like Azeb Mesfin. What a shameful University.

01/18/07 @ 12:52

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