We cannot Tolerate TPLF/EPRDF’s State Terror – Blue/Semayawi Party

July 10, 2014

We cannot Tolerate TPLF/EPRDF’s State Terror – Blue/Semayawi Party <!–

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semayawi-meglechaIt is a well known fact that TPLF/EPRDF has slaughtered and oppressed
Ethiopian citizens since it came to power. In order to oppress the peaceful
struggle, especially within the last 10 years, the regime acclaimed several
repressive proclamations and laws to legalize its butchery and tyranny. Many
politicians, journalists, bloggers, religious leaders and people who raised question
against the regime are victims of these proclamations. Since these controversial
laws have been applauded by TPLF/EPRDF, the security institutions that serve
the regime have put a lot of politicians, journalists, activists and many who issue
its power to jails. The regime also tries to label Medias such as ESAT as terrorists’
medium to threaten politicians in relation to terror act which is ridiculous. Blue
likes to stress out that no one should not and cannot choose Medias for anyone in
regards to freedom of speech and press.

Accordingly, TPLF/EPRDF’s obsession of power and its negligence to
accountability is leading the country in a wrong and chaotic situation. Particularly
the last four years have been difficult and the arrest of many peaceful citizens
made the political atmosphere very constricted. Nevertheless, countless people are
struggling peacefully within the rule of law; many flee abroad to over throw the
dictatorial government with whatever way they thought is possible. Thus, Blue
Party /Semayawi/ finds it very significant to take this firm position due to the
above reasons and more that hasn’t been mentioned here:

1- On June 24 2014, the rebel group Ginbot 7’s General Secretary, Andargachew
Tsege was detained by the Yemeni intelligence officers in collaboration with
Ethiopian intelligence officers. The officials of both countries knowingly violated
international conventions. It is not legal or convenient to intervene in eternal
matters of a sovereign country whatsoever. Consequently, the act of Yemeni
officials will sure distress the upcoming relationships of the countries.
Nonetheless, as the regime didn’t let the public and his family know his
whereabouts for 16 days, the matter has been viewed suspiciously in our party, in
the public at large and in the international community. It is our concern that he
could be ill treated and more. Therefore, Blue Party strongly demands that

Andargachew Tsege must be treated moderately and that all his rights under
custody are respected.

2- The regime also illegally arrested prominent figures of Ethiopian politicians on
July 8. The detainees are members and leaders of parties who are engaged in
peaceful struggle. In fact it is not surprising to hear such news; however, we have
learned that the regime is anxious and is trying to connect the detainees with
rebel forces so that it hopes it can crack down the peaceful struggle before the
2015 election for they could be a threat to its power. It is clear that the dictatorial
rule wants to stay in power more through spreading fear among the society. Thus
its desperation is leading its ego to arrest one of our members and three other
party leaders. Blue Party’s National Council Vice Chairperson Mr. Yeshiwas
Assefa, Mr Habtamu Ayalew(Head of Public Relations Affairs of UDJ), Mr. Daniel
Shibeshi(Vice Chairman of Organizational Affairs of UDJ) and Arana Tigray’s
executive committee member and activist Mr. Abraha Desta are detained for
activism and peaceful struggle. All these figures have been engaged in promoting
peaceful struggle within the rule of law. Their arrest boldly hints that the regime’s
final days in power are counted and change is inevitable in the near future.
Hence, Blue Party demands an immediate release of the detainees and as well
advocate the regime to stop the state terror. We condemn that TPLF/EPRDF
comes to its sense and do what’s right for themselves and the country before it’s
too late.
Finally we make sure that the act of state terror by TPLF/EPRDF will not hinder
us for an inch from the none-violent struggle we are committed to. We have come
into the decision that the offensive and atrocious act of TPLF/EPRDF required us
to bring the struggle to the next level. Hence, we call upon the Ethiopian people to
be ready to a nationwide movement and make sure that Blue Party is fully
committed to provide the leadership needed at its unsurpassed. The Party also
calls the peaceful parties, international institutes, human right activists, civic
societies for all Ethiopian born and Ethiopians to stand together.

Long live Ethiopia
Blue/Semayawi Party Ethiopia
July 10, 2014

posted by Daniel tesfaye


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