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Ethiopia - Zenawi’s Political Vendetta Will Not Slow Our Quest for Freedom - Ginbot 7
23 December 2009
Ginbot 7 Press Release
On November 19, 2009 the kangaroo court of the ethnocentric regime in Ethiopia passed a “guilty verdict” against General Tefera Mamo and another 40 defendants. Five days later, on November 24, the “federal prosecutor” who also is Zenawi’s henchman in the court, asked the kangaroo court to pass the death penalty against 38 of the defendants. Yesterday, December 22nd, as instructed by Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s politically charged kangaroo court sentenced five of the defendants to death and 33 others to life imprisonment. As he repeatedly said during his trial, trying to save Ethiopia from the looming dangers of the bantustan type ethnic rule of the TPLF regime was the only “crime” of General Tefera and his co-defendants.
This mock trial and sham verdict is yet another evidence that Ethiopia under Zenawi is a place where people who fight for freedom and equality are condemned by those who snatch them. Yesterday’s death sentence is an absolute farce; and what makes it utterly senseless is that the show trial and the “Do it as I told you” sentencing are both orchestrated by a brutal dictator who mercilessly killed 193 innocent civilians, and who himself stands accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Though many Ethiopians are infuriated by yesterday’s kangaroo court decision, what concerned them the most is not “judge” Adem Ibrahim’s final decision [the sentence], or the process he followed to make those decisions. The miscarriage of justice, the courtroom drama of coached witnesses, and the politically motivated arrests and trials are daily phenomena that Ethiopians have lived with for over 18 years.
What is profoundly troublesome to most Ethiopians is the complete reversal of the justice process where patriotic and decorated war generals and civilian heroes who fought for their freedom are sentenced to death by those who murdered their sons and daughters in broad day light.
The tragic drama that took place in Ethiopia’s kangaroo court yesterday is a wake-up call to all peace loving people of the world that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. We believe nothing agitates the onlooker as when a hero is condemned by a villain, and nothing is troublesome for a human mind as when a criminal is allowed to convict innocent people.
Ginbot 7 strongly believes that freedom is not free and the blood of those who die today is a seed for the freedom that grows tomorrow. Unlike what the fake judge Ibrahim said during the sentencing procedure; the death sentence does not intimidate the Ethiopian people, and it will not make them compromise on their freedom; it will rather become a driving force that energizes people to never give-an-inch until the true spirit of freedom reigns all across Ethiopia.
Ginbot 7 strongly condemns yesterday’s senseless death sentence by an illegitimate and pariah regime that willfully murders its real and perceived political enemies, commits genocide, and uses the legal system to criminalize political dissent. We believe this is a very sad time for the Ethiopian people, and Ginbot 7 wishes to use this opportunity to call on all peace loving people of the world to come together and stand with the Ethiopian people at this dark time in their history.
Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy
Will Ginbot 7 deny their violent political agenda? They can’t deny their policy of overthrowing the Ethiopian government by force then they can’t talk about Political Vendetta. You dicided to live by the sword and you shall die by the sword.
NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME TO SIGN AN EXTRADITION TREATY WITH THE USA.
LIBIH YITIFA, ANTE YE MELES BARIA
M Z MAST BE KILLED. AS SOON AS POSBEL.
“the death sentence does not intimidate the Ethiopian people, and it will not make them compromise on their freedom; it will rather become a driving force that energizes people to never give-an-inch until the true spirit of freedom reigns all across Ethiopia.”
This is trash. Why should we be intimidated due to the punishment of bad boys?
ain’t this funny?
You guys have started the roughest trip, so it’s you who is not supposed to be intimidated.
Be a man! Dr. We are not intimidated at all. But you and your fellas, Forza.
We are expecting much from you guys!
You are the lady of the day! Great point.
Dedeb 7 people,
Why are you cowards trying to deny that you had anything to do with the crimes that you are accused of. A few months ago, you folks were boasting about ‘any means’ this and ‘any means’ that…. so on and so fourth.
If you folks had real balls, you would live up to your own objectives and be consistent through and through. But instead, you’re trying to chicken out the moment reality comes your way.
And for goodness sake, stop trying to speak on the behalf of Ethiopian people! How can you claim that the ‘Ethiopian people’ won’t be intimidated while you [Dedeb 7] are very obviously intimidated like a bunch of headless chicken. Could it be because you want to sacrifice more people while you sit your fat asses in your living rooms?….Well,
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH…Kinijit #5 or #6? Nobody is listening. Go to Minnesota Somalis to fundraise.
“Tengalew bitefu temelso kafu!”
Meles is only playing the game of your choice.
If you opted for violence and plott , to assasinate overnment officials and take over, well that they catch you red handed and sentence you to death is only the other sinde of the same coin! You got the coin rolling, so it is obvious that it lands on the other side too!!!
Ginbot 7 and Dr Birhanu Nega are the main responsible for these people mistake , so professor Birhanu do u see what you are doing to our people ?your poisenous agenda will cause more innocence life , but @ the end of the day you want to gripe the power on other people sacrifice, if you think you are the man of your word you have two choices (1) denounce the violence and ask for forgiveness , we ethiopian are known for doing so, or number (2) choices you have is, affirm your intention to your diaspora followers about the armed struggle you are talking about by abandoning your luxurious life in US and bring yourself to the real jungle ,as a real fighter , after that your action will speak louder than your big mouth , “yechaka tigil yewnet chaka wist new inji not in the concrete jungle .
It is suprising that Ginbot 7 decided to call up on all the people to fight with them. I mean even Osama Bin Laden didn’t not call all the people like Ginbot 7.
Ginbot seven is an aggregate of neftegnas who prefer to reinstate the supermacy of Amhara who used to oppress the Ethiopian people for quite so long period.Do not tell me that their chairman is gurage.He is being used as a camoflage.
It is paradoxical to hear from them while they talk against ethinic based issues while actually they represent only one and one tribe(amhara)!I have more than enough evidence for that!
There will never ever be any place for one tribe dominance in Ethiopia.Every region shall govern itself by its endeginous people, not by the so called God appointed dessecendants'’.
Do not be naive! Should someone who opted for confronting the regime with fire be released with out being fired? It is really silly.I think Birhanu(I wont call U Dr ‘coz U are acting like the dumpest illitrate.You need to consult Ethiopian farmers and they can teach U a lot.Modern schooling has not worked for U so far.
You can never excel even the illitrate ethiopian farmer.All Ur games to win are trash.
Death is the least peneality that you deserve.
I donot care what ever name you bless me with while commenting on my comment.
Merry Christmas for those of you celebrating it.
DEZ TO AIG*MEWOCh
“Conscious of the broader implications of constitutional reform and of the necessity of providing means by which it may take root, We have called upon the services of the most enlightened jurists of the Continent of Europe to codify, under our direct and constant supervision, and in the light of Ethiopia’s age-old traditions and of her present day and future needs, the civil, penal, commercial and maritime laws of the Empire. The work undertaken and already accomplished under Our supervision and constant encouragement, has been gigantic, and We expect shortly to receive the final fruits of all these labours for the benefit of Our beloved people.” Negus Haile Selassie, Long Live the Constitutional Monarchy!, Long Live the Kebra Negast!, Fire burn down the star of secession, the kangaroo courts are destined to failure, Rise with the Lion of Judah!, Long Live Independent Ethiopia!
its funny to see when the kangaroo court are fantasize but its only a wish and i hope they wake up from their dream soon!
Sorry, dr. You are a loser.
You admitted that you have been trying to overthrow the government by force. Still thinking in your 19th century way? Shame on you Dr!
Had you believe that the court is in the country is Kangaroo court, why you spent your time and money to hire a lawyer?
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