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Ethiopia: Ginbot7 Gearing Up for Change in Government

September 7, 2012

7 September 2012 [ESAT]

Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Liberty and DemocracySenior leaders of Ginbot7, Abebe Bogale and Dr. Tadesse Biru, disclosed to ESAT that their movement is working expeditiously to bring EPRDF to the negotiation table or remove it from power altogether. According to them all efforts exerted so far have produced appreciable results and a slew of coercive measures are underway to hasten the process of political change in Ethiopia.

The two leaders have emphasised the role EPRDF could play in averting a serious and highly consequential political crises. The only viable way forward is to embrace the inescapable political change and work towards a transitional arrangement where all political actors will have a role in governing the country until a duly constituted and democratically elected government takes over.  The two leaders warned if EPRDF is not willing to negotiate, then change will come through other mechanisms including violent revolution.

The two leaders say over the previous four years their organization has been operating modelled as a transitional government and were confident in their movements’ capacity to fill any void  should the EPRDF government is to collapse.

According to the leaders, the movement has worked tirelessly to bring all political forces towards cooperation.  Other efforts to break the pervasive media monopoly EPRDF has been enjoying for a long time has been successful.  Ginbot7 of today is a movement with a strong and efficient organizational structure said the confident duo.

ESAT will broadcast the full interview in the coming days.

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6 Responses to Ethiopia: Ginbot7 Gearing Up for Change in Government

  1. Habt

    September 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Askale, ya, I have no doubt about the strength, maturity, and determination of people at G7. Let’s hope that they have meticulously discussed and determined what be out with the level of risks and opportunities. Ye, it gives a heart for anyone waiting for some group upon which we can rely when we hear progress news. I hope and think that G7 network must be too tight that, if it breaks, it must be made at the risk of the regime in power to explode.

  2. Askale Dama

    September 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Habt, Sure. Folks inside G7 or other underground or semi-under organizations know what needs to remain secret and what needs to be communicated to the people and supporters who are not structurally connected. But I make a distinction between bragging and political agitation or mobilization. The movement is gathering momentum. G7 had called for the people to join the movement. People want to see or hear hopeful developments because our decisions to do something is driven by our sense of self-efficacy – our belief in our ability to achieve what we set out to do. Hence, there is only a delicate line between an expression of self-efficacy and what may appear as bragging. In any event, G7 can’t rally a mass following without a language confidence and I-can-do attitude.

  3. Habt

    September 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I believe that G7 might have something to tell but what might be worrying is that whether it is the right time to say it out now. Any premature announcements in most cases compromise any progresses and put any involved partners in mistrust as well as in danger. The natural way to do I think is to show some practical progress and then tell like ” more works are still ahead but we are moving forward more faster than what we expected”. Well, God has made the speedup of things that no one can claim about that anyway.

    The regime in Ethiopia have no any human nature to round and execute any thing that moves in that soil. G7 public relation must have learned from previous mistakes. One of the things I remember is that, things like “I am Ginobt 7″ poem has helped woyanes tight the repression by jailing anything that is not from the late ring leader of the regime. I am sure, if G7 had done the homework without bragging with that sort of propaganda poem, they could have been able to benefit more and erode the regime systematically.

    Such kind of mistakes must not be repeated again.

    Having said that, G7 political agenda is the best that can be beneficial to modern Ethiopian politics.

  4. Askale Dama

    September 8, 2012 at 5:41 am


    Yes, yes. In my view, the real news is what G7 is doing because Einstein said that nothing happens until something moves. Ginbot 7 and others like it are making something happen. That is not all. I think, G7 has an accurate grasp of the theory of democracy, the source of political power, and how a democratic order functions. For example, an individual has no power until he/she is given that power through the consent of the governed. Ginbot 7 also accurarely grasps that power is the essence of politics and the people have an inalienable right to change their government, by force if necessary, when that government ceases to protect their rights, life, and well-being let alone when it becomes their oppressor. All of Woyane bandits are unlawful bullys, criminals and thieves with no legitimate authority to rule over the people. One last thing I want to say this: any political organization that is true to Ethiopian democracy needs to merge as one with others. Also, any intellectual who is true to democratic ideals needs to work with, be aligned with practical organizations like Ginbot 7. We need to work as one around the purpose of Ethiopia, around an Ethiopian agenda. Why? Because, it works.

  5. kesto

    September 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

    babvo G7 it is a good move i would exepect others to do so

  6. habtan

    September 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    G7 is a nightmare for the woyane gujile. G7 is shadowing the woyane gujile in every sector of the community. that is why the woyane gujile accuses and laments at every journalist, human rights activist, civic organisation as being supporters of G7.

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