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Year after leader dies, Ethiopia is little changed
By KIRUBEL TADESSE
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Residents in Ethiopia's capital awoke to the sound of a 21-gun salute Tuesday to mark the first year anniversary of the death of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi.
The ritual underscores the approach Meles' successors have employed during the last year: a continued lionization of the late prime minister, whose portrait still appears in every public office across the country.
Candlelit vigils and the launch of over two dozen parks were organized across the country for the late leader. In the capital a cornerstone for the Meles Zenawi Memorial Museum was laid in a televised ceremony.
During the ceremony, attended by regional leaders such as the presidents of Somalia and Sudan, Meles was praised as "Africa's voice." His successor Prime Minister Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn praised Meles as a "champion of the poor."
"Meles did a remarkable endeavor in the green economic development. He also led a successful party and government to establish a widely defined democratic system that has recognized and observed rights of individuals and groups at the same time," Hailemariam said in a speech.
Meles became president in 1991 after helping to oust Mengistu Haile Mariam's Communist military junta, which was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians. Meles became prime minister in 1995, a position he held until his sudden death last year.
The United States long viewed Meles as a strong security partner and gave Ethiopia hundreds of millions of dollars in aid over the years. U.S. military drones that patrol East Africa — especially over Somalia — are stationed in Ethiopia.
David Shinn, the U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia from 1996 to 1999, says he hasn't detected any changes in the U.S.-Ethiopian relationship since Meles' death.
"From the U.S. side, the policy seems to be one of maintaining cordial but not excessively warm relations. This situation varies somewhat from topic to topic. There continues to be especially close collaboration on issues such as counterterrorism and regional conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. At the same time, there are significant concerns about the future of democratization and human rights practices," said Shinn, now a professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Ethiopia is increasingly looking to China as a model. Chinese companies are behind the country's drive to expand infrastructures such as road and telecom networks. In recent months Chinese companies have signed two billion-dollar deals with state companies to expand the country's telecom and power lines.
Thought credited for advancing Ethiopia's economy, Meles was accused of killing and jailing opposition members and rigging elections. Rights groups say the oppression carried out under Meles has continued in the East African nation. Meles was responsible for the closure of 72 independent newspapers, according to the press freedom watchdog the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"At the time of Meles' death, there were eight journalists in prison in Ethiopia. Today, there are nine," said Mohamed Keita, advocacy coordinator for CPJ's Africa Program.
Former ambassador Shinn says that the U.S. lacks suffient influence to effectively press Ethiopia for reforms in areas of freedom of speech and protection of the free press.
"Many countries, including United Nations Security Council members China and Russia, have no interest whatsoever in encouraging reform. This gives Ethiopia considerable leverage," said Shinn. "I think the United States has the interest in encouraging reforms. I don't think that it alone has the required leverage that will result in reforms over either the short-term or long-term."
CPJ should count the journalists who are being gunned down on the streets of Cairo, instead of meddling in Ethiopia’s internal issue.
The so called journalists inmates of Kaliti prison are people who broke the country’s law and caught with terrorist acts.
Our govt EPRDF have proven again how strong, smart and perfect they are, and some light years away from our enemies’ decayed mentality. We will never yield to our enemies from outside or inside.
The hopeless diaspora opportunity seeking coward enemies will keep crying for the ages. As long as you stay in your hole where ever you’re, it is your right to cry and make noise.
Ethiopia is on the right track on our way to a democratic prosperous nation equally to all the people of Ethiopia regardless of their ethnicity, religion and language.
We will carry on through the path put forward by the great brilliant visionary leader PM Meles Zenawi. Nothing will stop us.
The horrible human rights situation in Ethiopia under Meles Zenaiw’s 21 years of bloody rule has been documented by various independent human rights groups and victims of the minority regime in Ethiopia.
The regime of Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia has committed untold crimes against its own people in the last 20 years. The genocides in the Gambela, Ogaden and Oromia regions of Ethiopia have been documented by various human rights organizations including Survivors International and Genocide Watch.
Some of his crimes include:
Gondar Massacre (1993)
Massacre in Hararghe (1993)
Loque massacre in Awassa
Massacre in Yeki (2002)
Massacre in Addis Ababa (2005)
Massares in Oromia (2008)
So, all should come to terms with the heinous crimes of the Meles Zenaiw regime instead of showering the dead tyrant for praises that he is not worth of. No amount of cover up by anybody could hide the tears, blood, and skulls millions remember whenever the bloody tyrant Meles Zenawi name is mentioned…….
How stupid are you?. EPRDF is not a government. It is a party.
Marking his first year anniversary is the right thing to do but it looks like he is still the chairman of the party, the prime minister and still ruling from his grave. I don’t think the current prime minister has the power of the office at all. That is a big problem.
You are absolutely right, sir. I’m very much saddened by the illiterate staggering comments and anti Ethiopia by the idiot few diasporas. Indeed He was a brave man, world class mind as reality indicates, and yet some see him as if he is outsider, he fought for Ethiopia to achieve what She has archived now, He sate a road map for the success that we underscore since the overthrowing of the oppressor .
We will celebrate every time keeping PM MZ in our heart and mind, no matter what, we are plenty enough, they might desire us but we are stronger more than ever.
Long live Ethiopia, we will keep our late PM words.
Mindin nw yehe hulu girgir…ZTE ye zare 5 Amet lebichaw 1.6 billion project tesetew min ayen? Minim… ere sintu benedet mobayelu endeworewore betu yekuterew. Ahunm ZTE edia Albezam ende…minw jal
Meles not only killed innocent Ethiopians but also he killed Ethiopia. Read this letter:
ደብዳቤ ከመለስ ዜናዊ
ይድረስ ለጓድ ጠቅላይ ሚንስተር ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ፤
You stink dude! May be you’re opening your ass when you say something instead of your mouth.
You reminded me of some asshole loser who is MIA lately from this website.
Take it easy anyway!
If you strongly believe in the comment you wrote ( DC Mayor …) You shouldn’t have rewrite it again. You changed from a pin pointed group of people to A& B. Shame on you. We all make mistakes. You did indeed made a mistake. If I were ( happy I am not) will ask an apology.
Melese’s life was full of “MACHEBERBER” and his death & his leagacy also follows the same pattern. Leave alone the Ethiopian people,his close friends don’t know him as a man except as a leader of the party. His life was behind evrybody & he can’t be missed all of a sudden. He should have earned it by working hard toward togethernes as much as he work for our differnces!
MZ was smart and shrewd party leader of TPLF. We give him a credit for that. But He used his smartness to enrich himself, his family, and the rest of his cronies.
This is the guy who used divide and conquer strategy to perfection.
We know you well, Mamo. You were in Derg’s court. No body would be shocked or dismay by your comment. It is well known that you the most unhappy monkey.
Yes, I am also celebrating the anniversary of the sudden demise of the head of all evils, Meles Satnawi. I wish the gun salute was doubled. I am confident, however, that our celebration to grow exponentially with the wiping out of TPLF very soon.
Addis Gomen, are you still barking?
The 21 gun salut is wrong.
Adgi ,patriotic journalists jailed by your then looter masters or those shot in the Streets of Cairo deserved the same consideration .So what is accomplishing CPJ whether you like or not .What kind of change can we expect after the Death of the Evil Tyrant ,with the same bandits and bandas ,who did serve him faithfully by the past times ,still remaining in power .The greatest “JOKE” is that
the first year of the Tyrant’s Death is saluted with 21 Gun Salute .21 Gun Salute of “JOY” or
a “SARROW” but surely anouncing the “DEBUT” of the END of 22 years Agazi Bandits and Tigre Mafiosis Tyranni .
Meles never used his heart, he relied on books he read and experience that enabled him to maneuver whichever way he tends to argue about and wins! I give him respect for that, unlike butcher Mangistu who relied on his revolver shigutt, Mengistu’s private office shelves full of selection of guns, Meles’s private office shelves full of useful books. Meles loaded himself with books to win, mengistu loaded himself with guns. If I was God I forgive Hailesilasie and Meles for wrong doing if they confess their sins, But I will never ever forgive the evil nature of Mengistu.
Gasho mamo (Visitor)
nazret erased my comment. Let me try again.
…to add on the list of crimes:
1) massacre at Tinananmen Square (Abiot sq.) = “salat man”
Read about “salat man” on ECADF, Ethiopian review, Al jazeera, etc.
you don’t find it on nazret.
2) massacre near Shasemane, Arsi. ECADF called it genocide.
3) massacre in Harar. 6 yrs old child among deads with dozens wounded.
4) massacre at Associ, inside mosque. 6 yrs old child among the deads and dozens wounded.
5) massacre at Anwar Mesgid inside the mosque. Almost dozens butchered with a couple wounded.
The list goes on.
Now so called PM Haile try to learn for Gen. Sisi how to go in mass killing spree means in thousands. But he did not know this will be the cause for his down fall. Try it fool.
It depend what kind of changes he/she wants to see, but we have seen so many changes within the past year or since Meles Zenawi passed away. For example, we have seen a smoth transition of power that so many veteran poletician of the ruling party retiring from their respective offices, and passing their responsibilities to the youg or new generation leaders. So, if anyone was dreaming to see some kind of drastic changes (distraction, ans bloodshed) for power stragle, sorry for the disappoint, but it seems the Ethiopian people have passed those dark days in the past and it will never happened again..
God bless the world!!
Bertihu ,it’s notjust because an Agazi Bandit
or a Banda have left their post for the
same evil guys like them that there is a smooth transition .But only a political comedy inviting
peoples to choose betwen Pest and Colera deseases .After the Crime Minister has passed away ,nothing
has changed Under the fake rule of Little Tyrant HMD ,where the majority of the Ethiopian Peoples are still starving ,Foreigners looting the country wealth ,Agazi Bandits and Tigre Mafiosis prospering on the misery and the suffering of the Ethiopian Peoples while patriotic True Ethiopians Languishing in Agazi Concentration Camps our young ladies enslaved in Arab Countries while the Youth perishing in Deserts and Océans in search for a better life .MORON BANDA !!!!!
Their is no point in arguing.
To the the good people of Tigray he is a hero but to the rest of the country he is nothing but a dictator.
The children and grand children of people of the north (Tigray). Will unfortunately pay a heavy price due to the action of the few from that part of the world.
This predicament is caused by their cousin (the Amharas). The oromos, the somalis, the gambelas and the rest of the country is suffering. Sorry to sound tribalistic but that is the way I see it. I hope we can all live in peace.
Your false prophet Muhammad had told you to lie, and, according to your distorted faith, your lie is not considered a sin because you are lying to the non-Muslim people. Therefore, how do we know, for sure, you are telling us the truth that Meles Zenawi had committed all those crimes you have listed in order to score a point that Muslims were his victims?
I wish he had included you in his killing spree and your entire Jihadist Muslim cousins who are giving the Ethiopian Christians unrest, insecurity, and uneasiness in their daily lives. You stated if the Prime Minister of Christian Ethiopia killed thousands of people, then that would be his downfall from power. The truth is, however, the Prime Minister will never kill innocent people, even criminals, without first bringing them to justice. I assure you he will never lose his power if he kills all the Islamist Jihadists in the Christian land of Ethiopia. That kind of killings is justified.
The brave Egyptian General Sisi had liquidated many of the Jihadist Morsi supporters who burned down over 68 Christian Churches, and he is still in power. Why don’t you go down to Egypt and burn the few remaining Christian Churches and be killed there so that you could be a martyr?
After you have listed five unsubstantiated items, you said: “The list goes on.” Why don’t you continue listing them all instead of saying the list goes on? The reality is you don’t have any more crime to list. I am not a supporter of Meles Seitanawi but there is no point to accuse or insult a dead person. He is, as many others, in the world of the dead: he is not in the world of the living; you cannot bring him back and take him to the Sharia court, the court of the devils and the evil hosts. I wish he had stayed a little bit longer until he had completely annihilated all the evil Jihadist Muslims from the Christian land of Ethiopia. Had he done that noble duty, I could have given him more credits.
Ethiopiawi-nut, we know you condemn every Ethiopian leader: you condemn Emperor Yohannes; you condemn Emperor Menelik II; you condemn Emperor Haile Selassie; you condemn Mengistu Haile Mariam; you condemn Meles Zenawi; and you are condemning Haile Mariam Desalgn. The only criminal leader you glorify is Gragn Muhammad, who almost destroyed Christian Ethiopia. In the meantime, you are criticizing the Egyptian General Arsi for demoting and bringing down your hero, the Jihadist Morsi. What kind of person are you?
Addis Ababa, comparing to the other cities, is not a murderous city, Mecca is; Damascus is; Cairo is; Baghdad is; Islamabad is; and Kabul is. You should flee to one of these cities before you are caught and sent to the Kaliti Jail and rot there for the rest of your life. You always want to magnify any big or little crimes committed in Ethiopia and exonerate your criminal Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia. No one believes what you have listed on this website because you are a mendacious Muslim, born to lie, to cheat, and to kill.
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