In the Ethiopian New Year, Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC), in collaboration with Tinsae Ethiopia, has intensified its call to the people of Ethiopia to get organized and liberate ourselves from the TPLF regime.
During the past week, Tinsae Ethiopia members in Addis Ababa and other cities have been working closely with the ENTC to distribute pamphlets (see below) and writing on walls to call for regime change.
Because of the extremely tight security we did not want to endanger our members by asking them to take photos of all their activities, but they were able to send us some photos, including the following two.
Tinsae Ethiopia has relaunched its BEKA (enough) campaign in Ethiopia by distributing pamphlets and writing the Beka slogan in Addis Ababa and other cities. Beka is a slogan that calls for an end to the Woyanne rule in Ethiopia. Writing Beka slogan on walls is part of Tinsae Ethiopia’s civil resistance campaign that includes economic boycott, disabling Woyanne’s economic infrastructure, and helping create a transitional government to replace Woyanne. The following are some of the photos that we have received from Tinsae Ethiopia units in Addis Ababa and Bahr Dar.
Ethiopia is currently exposed to extreme danger as a result of 20 years of misrule by the Woyanne/EPRDF regime. Woyanne’s ethnic policy in particular is an existential threat to our country. However, there is a way we can protect and preserve Ethiopia’s freedom and unity. Tinsae Ethiopia Patriotic Union believes that we must setup a transitional council in exile that will act as a caretaker government once we overthrow Meles Zenawi’s junta.
Government in exile is not a new concept. During the Fascist Italy’s occupation of Ethiopia, there was an Ethiopian government in exile led by Emperor HaileSelassie. Over the past decade, several Ethiopian scholars, writers, and organizations have proposed such an idea. Recently, Syria’s opposition has setup a transitional council in exile. Preparing for transition from the Woyanne rule is a major component of Tinsae Ethiopia’s political program.
The Ethiopian National Transition Council that is now proposed by the founder of Unity University, Dr Fesseha Eshetu, is a workable idea and Tinsae Ethiopia would like to be one of the first political parties to fully support it.
We believe that forming a transitional arrangement such as proposed by Dr Fisseha is imperative if we want to thwart the grave danger that our country is currently facing. We call on all patriotic Ethiopians around the world to rally behind the idea of forming a transitional council.
Tinsae Ethiopia extends deeply heartfelt condolences to the family of Yenesew Gebre, the 29-year-old Ethiopian who burned himself this week to protest Meles Zenawi regime’s injustice. We share his cause and will intensify our fight the freedom of Ethiopia from a bandit regime. We will make sure that he and thousands of others like him [...]
Last month, the newly formed Tinsae Ethiopia Patriots Union has distributed “Beka!” (Enough!) pamphlet in Amharic, Oromgna and Tigregna using its network through out Ethiopia (read here).
In a follow up pamphlet two weeks ago, Tinsae Ethiopia has called for for nationwide protests in the month of May, 2011, to remove Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship from power (read here).
Tinsae Ethiopia has stated that Ethiopians have rejected the Meles regime during the 2005 elections, but the regime has taken brutal measures to stay in power, while continuing to misrule the country and commit atrocities.
May 2011 will be the Meles regime’s 20th anniversary in power. Tinsae Ethiopia has called on Ethiopians inside the country and around to rally around the slogan “Beka!” (Enough).
Recalling previous attempts by the Meles regime to divert attention from itself by inciting ethnic and religious clashes, Tinsae Ethiopia has asked every Ethiopian to not fall prey for such scheme and look after the well-being of each other regardless of one’s religion or ethnic back ground.
Tinsae Ethiopia has also sent out a message to the armed forces in Ethiopia to join the people’s demand for change and help bring Meles and his collaborators to justice.
Members of Tinsae Ethiopia Patriots Union, in collaboration with other movements in Ethiopia, are currently painting BEKA! (Enough!) slogan in Addis Ababa and other cities of Ethiopia. The photo below was was taken by an Ethiopian Review associate in Merkato near Autobus Tera. Meanwhile, preparations for nationwide actions to remove Meles Zenawi’s 20-year-old dictatorship is intensifying in Ethiopia.
Tinsae Ethiopia members, in collaboration with other political groups, and residents and businessmen in Addis Ababa, are spreading BEKA (ENOUGH) slogan to express the message that Ethiopia has enough of Meles Zenawi’s 20 years of misrule. This week, youth groups were busy painting BEKA in several areas of Addis Ababa, as the photos below show.
Bloomberg reported the following about Tinsae Ethiopia’s action that took out power in a large part of western Ethiopia since last Friday:
Ethiopian political activists opposed to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s rule said they sabotaged power lines in the west of the country as part of a campaign against the government.
The Tinsae Ethiopian Patriots Union said it cut electricity cables in Awi Zone on May 20, causing outages in towns including Asosa, 477 kilometers (296 miles) west of Addis Ababa, and Metekel, 400 northwest of the capital. Power still hasn’t been restored in some parts of the region, it said in an e-mailed statement today. The group posted pictures on its website that it said showed the damaged cables. … Read more.
Addis Abeba, 23 may (PL) Activistas políticos etíopes opuestos al primer ministro Meles Zenawi, se adjudicaron un sabotaje contra líneas eléctricas en el oeste del país, en busca de desestabilizar al gobierno.
La Unión de Patriotas Tinsae (UPT) reivindicó el corte de los cables de transmisión eléctrica en la zona Awi, lo que ocasionó apagones en Asosa, a más de 400 kilómetros al oeste de esta capital, y en Metekel, a una distancia similar, al noreste de Addis Abeba.
El ministro de Comunicaciones, Bereket Simon, desmintió la información y señaló que los “problemas con el suministro de energía, no están relacionado con un sabotaje”.
Asimismo desconoció a la UPT a la que dijo conocer sólo a través de “algunos blogs extranjeros”.
Voice of America (VOA) reports that Woyanne propaganda official refutes Tinsae Ethiopia’s claim that its members cut off power lines in western Ethiopia. Listen below or click here [forward to 16:15]:
Ethiopia’s tyrant to celebrate 20 years of rule (VOA)
By Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa
Meskel Square is empty on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the coup that brought a band of Marxist Tigrayan rebels to power in Ethiopia. Only a few workers are here setting up the sound system and stage.
In a few hours, throngs of government supporters will pour into the square to celebrate the day in 1991 when the 17-year rule of the dreaded Dergue regime came to an end, and pro-Soviet military dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam went into exile in Zimbabwe.
Spokesman Shimeles Kemal says the event will celebrate two decades of achievement under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s leadership.
“Within these two decades Ethiopia has scored a number of achievements in terms of realizing the dreams and aspirations of its people,” said Kemal. “The livelihood of the people has been improved a lot in contrast with what happened 20 years back.”
Shimeles acknowledged that 20 years on, Ethiopia remains one of Africa’s poorest countries. He says, despite statistics showing double digit economic growth for seven straight years, there is still a long way to go.
“It is not a rosy ground. Building a nation that had been pushed to the brink of disintegration is not a rosy bed, and despite this, the whole majority of the Ethiopian people do have a firm belief that Ethiopia is being led on the right track,” Kemal said.
Not all are satisfied
Not everyone in this nation of 90 million is satisfied with the government, however. A group of taxi drivers waiting for fares in Meskel Square said they would stay away Saturday in protest.
32-year old Zerihun Getiye says most Ethiopians have seen no improvement in their lives since Meles Zenawi came to power.
“I am not satisfied,” said Getiye. “This government is not good for me.”
A: “For some people, life is good. For some people, the majority, not good.”
Social media opposition
Activists using online social network sites are calling for a counter-demonstration Saturday. The so-called “Enough” protest is planned as the beginning of a North African-style popular uprising. But political analysts say the “Enough” protest has little chance against the expected crowd of a million people at the pro-government demonstration.
Spokesman Shimeles Kemal describes the “Enough” supporters as mostly exiled Ethiopian dissidents.
“These are also some desperate people who claim to have followers here, a local constituency,” said Kemal. “What we know for sure is that such exaggerated claims and calls for insurrection were made by a handful of exiled people, mostly fugitives.”
An opposition activist sympathetic to the Beka (“Enough”) campaign, who asked not to be identified, said the movement has wide support. But the activist said tight government control would make it difficult, if not impossible, to organize an effective demonstration.
An opposition group calling itself the Tinsae Ethiopian Patriots Union said this week it had cut power cables in the western part of the country as part of a campaign of “peaceful civil resistance.”
The group posted pictures of downed cables on its website, but it is impossible to verify the claim, which government officials say is “preposterous.”
Tinsae says it consists of members of the now defunct Coalition for Unity and Democracy. The CUD led protests after the disputed 2005 elections, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 people. Many of its activists were sentenced to long prison terms but later released. Several have since moved abroad.
ADDIS ABABA — The 20-year-old tribal dictatorship in Ethiopia is intensifying its campaign of eliminating any opposition to its rule by shutting down the media, jamming radio and TV programs, neutralizing opposition groups, and arresting, torturing and murdering pro-democracy activists, political leaders and journalists. Ethiopia is currently being ruled by a corrupt, ruthless fascist regime that has kept the country one of the poorest in the world while its top leaders amass enormous wealth.
Tinsae Ethiopia Patriots Union is fighting back by waging a civil resistance campaign that targets the regime’s weaknesses — its economic infrastructure. Tinsae Ethiopia has adopted this strategy in order to minimize bloodshed in the country, while forcing the regime to reverse its repressive polices.
As part of the civil resistance campaign, last week, Tinsae Ethiopia members cut off power lines in western Ethiopia, causing power outage and interruption of phone services to 70 percent of the region.
On Tuesday, Tinsae Ethiopia members cut off electrical wires in northern Addis Ababa, and yesterday, they cut off fiber optics communication lines in southern Ethiopia between the towns of Yabelo and Moyale. As a result, for the past two days, about 15 percent of the Sululta area has been without power. Government offices, banks and businesses that are affiliated with the regime are currently experiencing interruption of broadband internet connection due to damages to the fiber optics lines.
Tinsae Ethiopia, in collaboration with other Ethiopian pro-democracy groups, will continue to attack the fascist regime’s infrastructure until the regime steps down.
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To counter the ongoing attempt by the Woyanne fascist junta in Ethiopia to label Ethiopian opposition groups, human rights activists and journalists as terrorists, and also to highlight the worsening economic and political crises in the country, Tinsae Ethiopia has launched a new diplomatic campaign.
As part of the campaign, Tinsae Ethiopia is sending out letters to foreign affairs officials of various countries who have strong diplomatic presence in Ethiopia.
In a message to the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (click here to read) Donald E. Booth, Tinsae Ethiopia has thanked the U.S. Government for taking the lead in trying to save millions of Ethiopians from the looming famine, while expressing its disappointment over the U.S. support to Meles Zenawi’s brutal dictatorship that is partially, and in some cases directly, responsible for the current food shortage.
Tinsae Ethiopia has urged the U.S. and the U.K. to work with pro-democracy Ethiopians to help bring about a positive change in the country.
Tinsae Ethiopia is communicating similar messages (click here) with officials of the U.K., Germany, French, and other countries in the coming few days.
The civil resistance campaign Tinsae Ethiopia has launched will also be intensified.
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Tinsae Ethiopia executive committee member Col. Abebe Geresu gave an interview to the Las Vegas-based Helina Radio on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. In the interview, Col. Abebe has explained Tinsae Ethiopia’s position on Ethiopian unity and how Woyanne is using ethnic apartheid politics that turns one ethnic group against another in order to remain in power. Listen the interview here or below:
It was reported last week by Ethiopian Review that 1 hotel and several stores owned by Woyanne officials were burned down in the border town of Metemma, northern Ethiopia, by a resistance group named Ethiopian Unity and Freedom Force (EUFF). Tinsae Ethiopia has smuggled out the following photos that shows the damaged businesses. According to Tinsae Ethiopia contacts in the area, Meles Zenawi’s regime has flooded the town with heavily armed soldiers following the incident. Tinsae Ethiopia encourages attacking Woyanne businesses and infrastructure as part of its civil resistance campaign to stop it from committing atrocities against the people of Ethiopia.