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Ethiopia - Miruts Yifter the flag bearer in Parade of Nations at Beijing Olympics
Ethiopia's Miruts Yifter, winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics, was honored as the flag bearer for team Ethiopia at the Parade of Nations of the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing.
The biggest disappointment was the flag itself, widely known as Woyane Flag. This is a flag not accepted by the vast majority of Ethiopians and with out a doubt, a flag that will last only as long as the current regime.
China has put a spectacular ceremony, here is how NBC put it, "Opening ceremony that surpassed all superlatives".
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The flag is widely not accepted by the ethiopian people who have hateful attitude towards this Goverment.
the symbol in the center shows nothing but Equality of all nationalities and religions.
The old flag is mostly connected with Orthodox church.
I am strongly supported the idea behind the sysmbol of the center.
here we go again, only one tribe all over. politics, education, public service, even Olympics. i bet he would not get this position if he was Oromo or Amara.
Which idiot has written this aticle.
No normal Ethiopian write such cheap text.
This from Elias Kifle (deaf Ertriean).
If that is not an Ethiopian flag, what is Ethiopian flag?
HI YOU WOYANE `MAFAREYA` PEPO-IS IT ETHIOPIAN`S ARE ONLY 6PEPO!YOU ARE LOOK LIKE CUT INSIDE OF STADUIM…LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!DEATH TO WOYANE
“The biggest disappointment was the flag itself, widely known as Woyane Flag. This is a flag not accepted by the vast majority of Ethiopians..”
Then what is the flag that is “accepted by the vast majority” to you?? the falg that has a lion with a cross on its head? or the one that was flown in adwa and machew which is plain green yeloow and red? to me i take the second one but hey the current one with a blue star is our flag and i am here to give it every respect that a flag demands cuz it represent ETHIOPIA.
good luck our heros and heroins in CHINA. can’t wait to see you all wave that flag victriousely.
I am glad to see Mirus Yifter carrying our flag. This is past over due. He would have more golds if crazy Derg didn’t boycott
the LA olympics!
I hope he was selected for his past great performance rather than his ethinicity.
But you don’t know now adays!
Woyane candres were the only ones in the opening ceremonies.
Obviously Miruts Yifter deserved to be the flag bearer but to see those woyane scum in the ceremonies rather then the athletes was disgusting. Woyane also continued its ethnic policy by fielding “"only tigreans", sickening.
The so called Miruts yefeter is also a breed woyanee Cadere He is not acceptable either. the show was all about Tigrians in china. It has nothing about Ethiopians…. I have to tell you guys from the start the team was deligated by Tegadalay Seyoum bereded and some unknown Tigrian women to lead the olympic team.
Personally I take this march as a Tigrian Ethnic Fashion show in Bejing Period.
All this will come to an end soon.
Is Miruts Yifter still running? Then why is he chosen to carry the flag? That duty is given to someone who is actively representing the country and who is going to be the face of the country and team throughout the game and their stay in China. Don’t get me wrong; I have noting but admiration and out most respect for Yifter the shifter, a true Ethiopian and a very humble human being. But he shouldn’t have fallen for this subtle woyanne equation and message of Ethiopia is Tigray and Tigray is Ethiopia. He should have declined and given the duty to the active and upcoming stars in the likes of Haile and Kenenisa.
This clearly shows that the establishment of the Meles Zenawi’s minority ethnic - based regime has become so gravely racist and emboldened.
The current head (president/secretary) of Ethiopian Athletics Federation is a Tigrayan lady. And all the Ethiopian preparations and organizations for Beijing has been architected and engineered by the Woyane interests with key people from top Woyane orchestra members like the Millenium Secretariat. Beijing 2008, for Ethiopia, is the most politicized and distorted Olympic. So, it is not surprising to see the lead of Ethiopian team Miruts Yifter, Seyoum Bereded, many other Tigrayan TPLF cadres.
you are right man
I am happy to see Miruts as a flag bearer,taking into consideration his Mosco achievement.But if he was chosen for his ethnicity that is insane. I am very disappointed the athletes were not marching instead the bureaucrat’s, cadres and spies represent Ethiopia in an Olympic opening ceremony. I was hoping even wild animals can be tamed in few years let alone 18 yrs…..
Check this video there is Ethiopian flag at the end you know what am talking about? At the end you can see the real Ethiopian flag http://www.ecadforum.com/Ethiopian_Athletes_in_china.html
belive me, if the athletes had a choice they’d shun that mockery kokeb on the flag and proudly drape themselves with the true flag, red, yellow and green and nothing else! but if they did, they’d be sharing a cell with Teddy in Kaliti.
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