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Ethiopia - Foreign Affairs' statement on Diaspora and current events
The following is a statement posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia on its website, titled "Democratization and the Promotion of Tolerance: Combating Hate Groups". Read it and weigh in.
Democratization and the Promotion of Tolerance: Combating Hate Groups
In the last few years, in some Ethiopian communities abroad, mainly in European and North American cities, a number of fringe groups have appeared, dedicated to try to poison relations between these countries and their own. With the use of intimidation and force, these “hate” groups have at times succeeded in imposing their views on the majority. All too often, the silent majority of the Diaspora have kept themselves out of political activities in disgust at the levels of acrimony and hatred propagated by these groups. Equally, at times, the majority does break its silence and marginalize the extremists. Last week, there was an attempt by a few hooligans to disrupt a meeting at the Ethiopian Embassy in London. They hurled abuse and threatened guests going into the Embassy, and even went so far as to attack religious leaders, later attempting to use a video of this event to encourage attacks on those attending. The police quickly deployed to control the situation as these thugs tried to force themselves into the Embassy. But they should not have been allowed to go that far in the first place. Such actions cannot be taken lightly. Ethiopia will continue to work closely with relevant authorities to ensure appropriate protection of Diplomatic Missions and their personnel in accordance with international law, and violators should be brought before the courts of these countries.
These are certainly no more than small-minded acts of few hooligans, but they do highlight the path these few individuals have chosen - hatred and violence. These individuals cannot simply be dismissed as instruments of foreign backers or unrepresentative extremist groups or desperate young people dying for attention. And, indeed, as Ethiopia moves ahead with democratization, they are likely to become even more extreme. They do in fact represent a malaise within a section of the opposition, a refusal to accept the progress towards democratization. Some, the most extreme elements, are simply beyond the pale and should merely be left for the law to deal with. Community associations and other groups should work purposefully to isolate these elements and promote tolerance and understanding between different groups, to provide for a durable solution. It is necessary to reach out to young people, to explain that these “hate” groups do not represent any sections of Ethiopian society. It is also important to make sure that they know being politically active does not require the taking up of violence or extreme positions. There are many ways of meaningful participation to demonstrate political positions, whether in opposition or not, including, for example, the Internet which should be used for sane political discourse not, as so often today, for propagating hate and disinformation. Such hatred and violence must be made irrelevant through the increasing democratization of the country. Equality, mutual respect for the different cultures and history of each nation, nationality and people, is the surest way Ethiopia can deal with these “hate” groups and their backers.
It is indeed saddening to see some Ethiopians continue with such madness while others are doing everything they can to scuttle Ethiopia’s development endeavors. The recent documentary by Peter Greste of the BBC on the Hydro-Power Dam on the Omo River was of course an example of how the efforts that the government exerts to transform the country’s economy and to improve the lives of its peoples are negatively portrayed. The building of the dam has nothing to do with harming the people of the region. Should it be indicated that everything that is stated by the BBC has no ground, and that as the Ethiopian Prime Minister has said to the BBC, hydro dams intended to generate electricity could in fact contribute to regulating the water levels of the river which is highly critical in times of flood? But the likes of Peter Greste are far less inclined to look at that aspect of the reality for reasons only known to them. What is paradoxical, however, is some Ethiopians abroad are wasting their time to echo these same allegations, apparently unmindful of the fact that this indeed stands in the way of their country’s progress. Sadder still, these same Ethiopians are mounting negative campaigns against Prime Minister Meles’ participation in the upcoming G-20 Summit merely because he was chosen by his African peers to represent the continent. That people calling themselves Ethiopians should resent their country’s success so vehemently is a conundrum indeed.
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those BBC reporters are instigators, they went to the omo people, asked them to convene a meeting and then told them “the government is building a dam up stream and it will stop the river what are you going to do about it”
to me thats instigation, I think they want a war to start so they can report on it, we have seen other Dams like the three gorges dam of china being built but we did not hear any BBC reporters, The three gorges dam is an Example in its self it has helped the economy and communities of china a great deal
, again LEAVE US ALONE
YOU NEED 2 STOP AND ASK WHO YOU ARE FIRST…HODAAAM OR ILLITRATE TO BE SUMMONED WITH TPLFs in the name of Ethiopians
Good Bless Ethiopia, God Bless Meles and Sium. Do not worry about the hudlems in London. Nothing will satisfy them. You are doing the right ting by focusing on the develeopment of Ethiopia. You will be remembered for the good deeds you have doen the country.
I, myself, am not happy with a lot of actions that this government takes. I express my opposition in different ways. But the London embassy case is really embarrassing.
Whether it is on a government official, priest or any citizen, the acts and the words used are not expected from a matured and healthy individual.
What is it that those guys would benefit from that action? I never heard of a government toppled by harrasment. After all real change is possible only either through strong politics (protests, …) or through military struggle. Those people should follow either of these paths. Otherwise the kind of path we saw at London Embassy will make them only “YeLondon Jegna” - Nothing for Ethiopia.
እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ!!!
Yes give a listen to this hooligans.
I am of the view that it is just inacceptable to be passive with opposition hooliganism with an embassy of a sovereign state. There should be a listen now so that no one ever temper with an embassy or their stuff in this manner.
This is the same case as the US diplomatic and consular stuff in Tehran and many many others, this is the time to send a signal that no one will be tolarated tempering with an embassy; if the government don’t act now there will be many more and worest and sad things to follow. I personally tried to read reactions of Ethiopians living in other parts of the world and there seems to be some other groups who also want to do the same thing in other countries as the London opposition holligans.
There is for sure a violation of the Vienna Convention and it is the responsiblity of the host government to protect the embassies property and personnel, and the hooligans are under the juricidiction of the host government should be delt by them.
PUNISH THE SINNERS.
“These are certainly no more than small-minded acts of [few] hooligans, but they do highlight the path these [few] individuals have chosen - hatred and violence.”
few few few…..desperate Woyane! Not just a few hooligans but thousands and even hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians in the Diaspora actively participate in efforts geared towards ending dictatorship once and for all in our country.
This statements sounds as if the good FM wants to warn Londoners from conducting the planned protest against Meles on April 2. Rest assured, not just few hooligans or hate groups, but thousands of pro-democracy Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopians will storm London!
“It is important to make sure that they (DIASPORAH FEW) know being politically active does not require the taking up of violence or extreme positions. There are many ways of meaningful participation to demonstrate political positions, whether in opposition or not…”
Point well underscored, we need to wake up and smell the coffee…civilized political discorse is what we need, our effort should all be gearded towards the progress of our country and the betterment of our folks..nothing more!
Well articulated! , but only for those who will understand the situation in the region. A lot of govermental and non-govermental groups ,from within or out of our country have used and supressed us so that we wouldn’t be able to use our resources as we should.This and other developmental things should bring our people together.We shall support this plan the same way we supported Obama when he said “i will build oil-independent state".
Indeed some those coward Ethiopians in the Diaspora have joined Eritrea and other sworn enemies and continued their attempt to tarnish Ethiopia’s image and success. What is clear thus is that Ethiopians at home have realized the few in the Diaspora are doing this in hope to break up Ethiopia which is the work of Eritrea, Egypt and some other Arab countries. It is up to us Ethiopians in the Diaspora to keep track of those Ethiopian origins who are doing the evil work with our enemies and corner them before it’s too late. We should keep track of their names and their activities in North America and Europe and watch their moves around. These thugs need to be rounded up sooner and dump to the nearest dumpster because we don’t need their distraction. Ethiopia will do fine without these thugs who have nothing else better to do for Ethiopia. When they are sorry, their apologies will not be welcomed in Ethiopia, instead we’ll build special cells for them and around them up one by one when they entered BOLE. In the meantime, the thousands of great Ethiopians will continue to build the peaceful democratic process for better future. The Ethiopian government will not slowdown by any of this coward acts, instead, it will continue to improve the educational sectors by educating more young girls and creating equality to all Ethiopians; while it continue to build the economic sector etc. Ethiopians Diasporas, listen up, down get on our way! If you don’t stop your moronic acts now, we’ll take you out along with your master in Asmara…Meles is finally paying close attention to those who are working 24/7 to distract Ethiopia’s progress. We now know who most of our enemies are and watch your back fools…
After seeing the video, it is just simply sad to see Ethiopians living abroad acting in such uncivilized manner. To begin with, the organizers of the protest could have been successful had they have well thought and civilized questions to ask that could paint the true picture of the EPDRF administration. I am more than certain that if the approach was with a seemingly better intention, Mr. Bereket would have started talking to the group and the group could have sent the appropriate message.
That being said, it is equally embarrassing to see the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the “Democratic” Republic of Ethiopia responding with such tone.
I see nothing new in this article. It is the usual cry of the TPLF vampires who are exposed as army worms mercilessly sucking the blood of our poor people. That is how they describe true country men and women who expose and humiliate the TPLF and co. numbs like Addisu in US and Bereket in UK. They are prolific liars and this time obviously they are helpless and desperate no wonder that they are enraged by the recent actions of brave Ethiopians in the UK and Germany.
Mote le TPLF vampires
well said and well placed.these very few mad individuals have to be told.people please of let us not be intimitated and bullied by these cowards.
That’s what we expect from idiot regime. It’s amaze that they don’t know why most of Ethiopians don’t like them.
I think Woyane is going crazy they are trying to stop Ethiopians from making demonstration in Europe and North America just like they did it in Ethiopia. I don’t why the guy trying to tell us there is democracy in Ethiopia we are Ethiopians we know what is going on in Ethiopia. I guess the message is for non-Ethiopians. We will do whatever necessary to embarrass woyanee and its puppets. Woyane try to level people like “hate group", “silent majority", “hooligans", “small-minded", “extremist groups” or “desperate young people dying for attention.” They have to stop and check themselves they cannot blame someone for everything. Woynees are trying to intimidate Diasporas but it’s not going to happen. Meles will also be embraced at the G-20 Summit. About the Hydro-Power whatever they say they did not do an intense study before the project.
Fainans and train some young “FEDERAL POLICE” and diploy in N.America and Europe as you used to do in Addis Abeba street..
Gash Siyoum ? Tenesh ayafrum ? Jib yamayakut ager hedo “areke” yitetal
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