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Chris Flaherty suspends Hunger Strike for Health Reasons

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05/10/10

  08:49:33 pm, by admin, 262 words  
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Chris Flaherty suspends Hunger Strike for Health Reasons

Chris Flaherty suspends Hunger Strike for Health Reasons

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Chris Flaherty suspends Hunger Strike for Health Reasons
Washington DC, May 10, 2010: Chris Flaherty, analyst-campaigner for the “Article-19” group and the producer of the acclaimed movie Migration of Beauty, has marked his efforts for the release of world prisoner of conscience Ethiopian “Birtukan Mideksa” by ending a week-long hunger strike. Chris Flaherty, an American human rights activist, started his hunger strike on Monday May 3rd, 2010 demanding that the Obama administration acknowledge Ms Birtukan Mideksa as a prisoner of conscience.

After a week-long hunger strike, family members and organizers of the hunger strike advised Mr. Flaherty to temporarily suspend his campaign and allow others to monitor his condition. It is expected that Mr. Chris Flaherty will resume his hunger strike in the near future barring unforeseen health complications.

Mr. Flaherty thanks everyone for the outpouring of support and encouragement received during his hunger strike; he would like to commend those brave Ethiopians who joined him in the strike, including Mr. Kebadu Belachew.

It is to be noted that Ms. Birtukan was thrown back to prison with her original life sentence unjustly reinstated on December 29, 2008. Her crimes were nothing more than exercising her freedom of speech and speaking publicly about the negotiations preceding her first release from prison; reinvigorating her opposition party, the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, and refusing to bend to tyranny in the tradition of Rosa Parks. Amnesty International and the US State Department consider her a political prisoner - while her arbitrary detention is recognized by the UN Human Rights Council.

18 comments

Comment from: sami1 [Visitor]
sami1

God bless you and may God give us courage to stand up for fairness to all

05/10/10 @ 21:34
Comment from: Tolla [Visitor]
Tolla

I am not going to thank him for this. Tell him to stay with his own than indulging in somebody’s business. We know how to handle our affairs and it will come one day with our own commitment.

05/10/10 @ 21:43
Comment from: tigilu [Visitor]
tigilu

why these jerky people (EPRDF) always rush to put their rubbish words up here???? Birtukan Mideksa is an Ethiopian hero dying for fredom…

05/10/10 @ 22:16
Comment from: Sammy [Visitor]
Sammy

All this Weyane supporters are rushing each other to post theirs dirty comments on our blog why dont u post your comments on Aiga forum leave our site alone. Chris is doing our job he is a role model for all of us thanks Chris you are our hero like Birtukan may God bless you for your effort.

05/11/10 @ 01:08
Comment from: ethiopiawiwi [Member]  

did you see a video some party member visited birtukan in jail? she was having a good time ” FERISHA” neber so this chris guy he probably want publicity just like the singers acters and actrresses in america they do something stupid before they release their new album or movie. I bet you this guy will come up with a book or documentary kind of movie. So as always they just want to fillup their pockets not caring about our beloved country and countrymen. You probably have an agenda with that nega guy you know the what that have “jib af”

05/11/10 @ 01:23
Comment from: Freeman [Visitor]
Freeman

Chris, you demonstrated the same bravery as that of Birtukan herself. I don’t even have enough words to express my gratitude to you. You are a great human being, because you stood up for humanity. Today, in Ethiopia humanity is disgraced and humiliated by a brutal apartheid style ethnic dictatorship led by one of the most vicious killer dictators ever walked the face of Africa. He is the most brutal dictator even by African standards. He committed Genocide in Gambella. He committed massacre in Addis Ababa. He orchestrated a surgical mass murder of Amhara nationals who resided among non Amhara Ethiopians. It is a travesty of justice that this man is allowed to live let alone lead. Chris, your contribution to expose this kind of human rights abuse to the world is simply priceless. When someone like you speaks out, people listen. I am sure your efforts will bear fruit in way or another. Thank You, brother.

05/11/10 @ 04:40
Comment from: Ye Diaspora Geta [Visitor]
Ye Diaspora Geta

I am glad he come to his senses at last. Never approch those people who mislead you. Go and think about how you could produce something useful instead of interfering in somebody’s business.

05/11/10 @ 07:57
Comment from: satenaw [Visitor]
satenaw

Hey freeman you the best too, I like your truthfull comment.

05/11/10 @ 09:22
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]
Tefera

is this the guy who wrote a couple of stories supporting the cause of ONLF and OLF. if it is him, he is an opportunist trying to use birtukan to jack up his fame to push his anti ethiopian agenda. otherwise more power to him.

05/11/10 @ 09:53
Comment from: Kokeb [Visitor]
Kokeb

Ethiopiawi

U sounds like u are living in fantasy world. WOW! what a blessing? are u from the planet of WEYANE apes where people get their’s BLUETOOTH from the dentist? LOL!!!

05/11/10 @ 10:15
Comment from: Ras Alula [Visitor]
Ras Alula

Fat boy got hungry. What a dummy, what is he trying to accomplish? Force obama to change his foreigh policy by not eating his cheeseburger. Come on, it takes more than that. It sounds more like a pulicity stunt, a way to get a word out about his new documentry film. What is sad is that some ethiopians are falling for it.

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EDP will fight for dual citizinship,
EDP will reunite asseb back to ethiopia through legal means. If there is any change to come to ethiopia, this is the way to do it. Get in and change it within!!

EDP is the hope of the nation!!

05/11/10 @ 12:07
Comment from: abesha [Visitor]
abesha

It looks like he needs to lose a couple of lbs. anyway! Way to go keep dieting!!

05/11/10 @ 17:37
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

Thanks Chris ! All the best.

05/11/10 @ 18:50
Comment from: G [Visitor]
G

Good try- but the only way out for birtukan is through the Ethiopian braves. Unfortunatly- the new generation are worst than chikens . Qock quck

05/11/10 @ 20:20
Comment from: TESFANESH [Visitor]
TESFANESH

If it wasnot for the concern on the safety of the close families and associates I have in Ethiopia I would definately join Mr. Flaherty.Mr. Flaherty would have gotten more visible support including joining the strike and letting his light shine by many individuals even while he was away for health reasons if it wasnot for the illegal harrasment it may cause by weyane secret agents.. The tryth is if we Ethiopians residing around DC area stand next to Mr. Flaherty Weyane will hunt our loved ones within Ethiopia . For that reason I like to say ,Mr. Flaherty May G*D PROTERCT ALL YOU CARE ABOUT INCLUDING JUDGE BIRTUKAN MIDEKSSA!!!

05/11/10 @ 20:41
Comment from: one [Visitor]
one

Disagree …useless effort.

05/11/10 @ 21:27
Comment from: Selambejish new weyane [Visitor]
Selambejish new weyane

Not only the Ethiopian people but also the out siders well aware of the deed of Weyanes.” Ewnet tiketinalech enji atiseberim” What a wise expression! You weyanes and their symphatisers ,please come to your senses and give power to the real Ethiopian people before your crime is more severe than now.” of two trials choose the list ” as we say ” of two evils choose the lesser one” 20 years is enough for le tesewu non sense “bitsots” Do not think guys ? Symphatisers or bandas who are pouring benzine in the fire ,stop motivating them to kill more people.Chris wel done keep it up and expose the snake ,weyanes

05/12/10 @ 10:03
Comment from: woldai [Visitor]
woldai

Mr chris had better to work hard on these hunger strike days & donate to the development going on.why isthis hunger strike? may he want to see this gov’t gone & these opposition could give him a good job. I don’t see any sense for being hungry! Hedidn’t understand that came through its own history & it doesn’t need to borrow capitalism from the west! we will make our own capitalizm in relation to our tradition & historical back ground. I think he might be brain washed by the opposition simply for their political gain. we need our own politics that can’t be dictated by anybody.

05/12/10 @ 11:05

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