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Blue Party of Ethiopia’s Journey to Join the Braves

May 17, 2013

by Tedla Asfaw

The Blue Party of Ethiopia also known as “Semaiawi Party” has called for a public protest rally next week on May 25 in front of African Union in Addis Ababa. The rally has nothing to do with the 50th year anniversary of the foundation of OAU/AU. However, it chose this date to remind foreign guests who are coming to Ethiopia that Ethiopians are living in their own country in fear and poverty behind newly built roads and high rises. Protest of any kind has been illegal since May 2005 in Ethiopia. The only rally that has been allowed for the record is the one organized by Eritrean Refugees to protest against Isaias Afeworki’s dictatorship.The Blue Party of Ethiopia also known as "Semaiawi Party"

The right to assemble and freedom of speech is non existent in Ethiopia. Many journalists who challenged the TPLF/Woyane regime by exercising these rights ended up in jail accused as terrorists. Many Ethiopians are living in fear and political parties can not assemble even in rented hotels. The Blue Party that called the May 25 rally was denied dinner gathering in a rented hotel by government security forces early this year.

The Blue Party called Ethiopians in March of this year to come out and denounce the erection of Mausoleum for Graziani in Italy. The government beat up and arrested more than 40 people. The members and activists of this party are mainly young and female. They are action oriented and risk takers. Their leaders drove to South Ethiopia to see the evicted or ethnically cleansed Amhara farmers from Beni Shanguel and Gumuz last month. They were briefly jailed.

The Blue Party is protesting injustices when it sees it. The ESAT “Eneweyaye” May 13 program by three hosts seem to disagree with the May 25 Rally because of its timing and the lack of other parties participation. Ato Fasil argued that the rally looks like “begging” foreigners/Ferenji Limina. The majorities on the 50th celebration are Africans. As the hosts agreed many of them have similar problems in their own countries and the Blue Party’s call for Freedom and Justice for Ethiopians is not at all begging. It is exercising citizens right to assemble.

Ato Fasil argument that the regime by allowing such protest for first time might get credential as a “democratic ” is absurd. The nature of the regime is not determined by what it did in one day but its record of more than twenty two years. The whole world including those guests on that day know what Ethiopia has been under TPLF/Woyane. That day rally is to affirm our people right to say No when they see it any place, day and time, nothing wrong with May 24.

The Blue Party called this rally and asked others to join it. Someone has to start and should be commended for that.The young and women are comprising the majority of our people and many of them are not members of the Blue Party or any other parties. By going out on May 25 where foreign journalists are abundant will reaffirm the world the call for Freedom and Justice made by millions in Addis Ababa eight years ago.This time they might be a tiny fraction of that number but the demand remains the same. The braves though few are always in front line for the Freedom Battle.

Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu and Wubishit Desse could have been better journalists and analysts from distance. They chose to speak and write and paid a high price for it. Andualem Arage and Bekele Gerba could have shut their mouth and still be a leader of a party they chose not. Many whose names are many to mention here have already given their lives for justice, did not choose place,date and time. The Blue Party members chose to follow them and need encouragement.

This is a month of Freedom here in the Ethiopian Diaspora in North America. Abebe Gellaw an ESAT Journalist on May 18, 2012 morning at Regan Building in Washington D.C. shattered the Wall of Fear and denounced the late Meles Zenawi led Dictatorship and Injustices Financed by the West. An act of one man was considered by TPLF/Woyane supporters and many foreigners as “impolite” action. The Ethiopian people are proud of Abebe’s heroic Voice !!! We have never been in in business of begging or worshipping foreigners. Polite and Proud !!!!

The few who will start the Freedom Rally on the 50th year commemoration of OAU/AU against injustice in Ethiopia are doing the right thing like Abebe in America. Doing it on May 25 will magnify their effort like Abebe’s protest of May 18, 2012. Make no mistake, some think that this is the first peaceful rally in Ethiopia since May 2005 but it is not. The peaceful rally in Ethiopia is now more than 16 months old carried out by hundreds thousands every Friday in mosques throughout Ethiopia. What the Blue Party is trying to do is bring all Ethiopians, Christians and Muslims to common agenda in a public place. TPLF failed to sabotage the Ethiopian Muslims prayer rally and it will fail to sabotage the May 25 political rally in Addis Ababa. We are all Blue! Long Live May 18 and Long Live May 25!

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5 Responses to Blue Party of Ethiopia’s Journey to Join the Braves

  1. tolla

    May 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    kebadu belachew Asefaw, the soft opposition block man your Fassil was dead wrong! Actually fasil is just a simple beginner journalist he should stop messing the politics, he was propagating for woyane regarding semayawi party guess what the brave semayawi party youth made TPLF to permit demonstration for first time sins 2005, now you the medrek lole speaking kkkk

  2. kebadu belachew Asefaw

    May 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Tedla

    Don’t you think that Fasil was right by then? Are you to write now some kind of kudos to him?

    I think he is farsighted more than most of his critics.

  3. Birtu/can

    May 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I remember asking myself where was EPPF? Where was Ginbot 7 armed wing? when a “who is who” woyane officials were gathered in Gonder to bid farewell to Bereket Simones mother. What could have been better than having all woyane rotten eggs in one basket? It was an opportunity missed where the opposition armed elements could have struck a blow against woyane scumbugs. Forces bearing arms should always be in the ready anticipating for that opportunity to present itself at any given time. I think the time has come to prove that point. I believe the AU anniversary or the visit by high ranking American officials is a perfect time to stir the pot a little bit. It is time to let the world know the plight of Ethiopians has reached a tipping point. Even from propaganda stand point one dagger in the heart can have more impact than hundreds of little skirmishes everywhere else. I advise my brothers at EPPF or Ginbot 7 armed wing…etc. to come up with a dramatic military operation where your action can become a game changer and as a result all Ethiopians find themselves involved in it. For starters, i suggest eleminating a couple of woyane fat cats and pave the way for the ultimate expected tsunami.

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  4. Menethio

    May 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Yes, this is a time to join, this is a time to cry for Ethiopian breve son inside the killer bar and this is the right place to call to free Ethiopian Andualem Arage, riot alemu bekele gerba, eskinder,,,this is a time and place to call for free that Ethiopian respect muslim men who are asking only to exercises to have their leader of belief.

    Yes, this is a right time and place to give the voice to protect our Ethiopian Amara family from written plan and systematic ethnic cleansing.

    This massive calling no need any type of justification to blame it, the credit is going directly for all Ethiopian to have basic human freedom, the credit will going to show the solidarity for free to all Ethiopian son inside TPLF bar, the credit will going to that Ethiopian Amhara family displaced and killed cruelly in Guraferda, Metekel/Gogam and today in Bahrdar by very criminals and terrorists.

    God with Ethiopian.

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