Two Weeks of Reaction to Meles' Fascism

Published: November 14, 2005

"CARNAGE returned last week to the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. Many bodies laid out in the mortuary of the Menelik II hospital had been ripped apart by bullets. Doctors said that, after the first couple of days of skirmishes, almost all the gunshot wounds were in the stomach, chest and head.", the Economist, November 12, 05.

"Corpses in city streets. Heads cracked and bloodied by rifle-butts. Stone-wielding rioters running from shots and tear-gas on dusty fields", Andrew Cawthorne, November 13, 2005.

"I believe the Ethiopian government is demonstrating its true nature. The current government is very authoritarian and even totalitarian.” Herman Cohen, Former State Department Official, VOA interview, November 9, 2005.

"There's growing concern in Washington. 'This is becoming much bigger than, 'Do we like Meles or not?' ' says Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. If instability continues or worsens, he expects the US to get tough - to even threaten to punish Meles through the UN Security Council and the World Bank. Of the US he says, 'They're looking very seriously at stepping up their engagement.'" Abraham Mclaughlin writing for Christian Science Monitor, November 7, 2005. 

"The response from the Government exceeds anything which is in any sense acceptable”, Lord Triesman, UK's Africa Minister.

"Stop the killing of Ethiopians who dare to believe that democracy is possible in Ethiopia." European Union chief election observer Ana Gomes.

"A regime hailed as progressive by Tony Blair has shot women and children in the streets and detained thousands. At our end, the blundering goodwill of the Live Aid concert is exposed for the naivety it always was, the Africa Commission's confident talk of 'a new breed' of leaders merely ludicrous."  Michela Wrong, Writing for the Scotsman, 12th November 2005.

"We are extremely alarmed and saddened by the outbreak of violence in Addis Ababa, the death of innocent Ethiopians, and the recent arrests of opposition party leaders. Reports today indicate that at least 35 Ethiopians have been killed in the last two days alone, and that up to 1,000 opposition participants have been arrested, We call upon the Ethiopian government to release all journalists and political detainees, including Chairman Hailu Shawel, Vice Chair Birtukan Mideksa, Professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam and elected mayor Dr. Berhanu Nega. All prisoners should be treated humanely and be given all due process rights according to the law and principles of justice. The government must also protect its citizens’ exercise of their constitutional rights to peaceful protest and assembly." Ethiopian Caucus in the US Congress led by Mr. Michael Honda, November 4, 2005.

"Meles Zenawi shows violent streak." Jean-Jacques Cornish, writing on Mail & Guardian, November 13, 2005.

"Save the Children is particularly concerned that many children and young people have been targeted in the violent incidents of the past week in Addis Ababa and other towns around Ethiopia." Save the Children, November 10, 2005.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of lethal force by the Ethiopian security forces." Irish Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Conor Lenihan, November 9, 2005.

"I just called my aunt in Addis and it happened to be the time the government soldiers are in her house looking for her 17 years old son. It looks like the government is doing house to house search for young boys. Here we go again back to the red terror times, boys hiding in thier own homes. God help us It just doesn't feel right." YY, USA

"It expressed 'grave concern' at the ongoing unrest, and 'serious concern' at the arrest of opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy leaders and representatives of civil society and the media." The British presidency of the European Union, November 6, 2005.

"More than 60 Sioux Falls residents from Ethiopia marched along city streets Tuesday to draw attention to their troubled home country and urge South Dakota's congressional delegation to help get the United States involved." - South Dakota

"Leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, the Roman Catholic Church and Evangelical Church issued a joint statement Sunday appealing for calm, saying: "Let peace be our agenda." November 06, 2005.

"As I am speaking now, many people are being detained and people are being killed. I have seen special police forces kicking students, pedestrians etc.” Ethiopian employee of an international non-governmental organization, Carried by, November 3, 2005.

"A woman was reportedly shot dead at home when she complained about the police arresting her husband, a CUD activist. The authorities said that some hand grenades had been thrown against police and that seven police were killed. Arrests are continuing in Addis Ababa and many other areas. More than 4,000 people altogether have been detained, including many unemployed youth protesters in Addis Ababa, and taken to remote prisons in rural areas, where conditions are harsh. Many detainees are believed to have been previously arrested during the first post-election demonstrations in June 2005", Amnesty International, November 11, 2005.

"Meles is unleashing fascist terror against the elected opposition leaders and the people of Ethiopia", Network of Ethiopian Scholars (NES) - Scandinavian Chapter, November 03, 2005.

Pro-Meles Coverage

"Meles says Ethiopia is not likely to witness a Rose or Orange Revolution as was seen in Georgia and Ukraine.", North Korea Times, November 9, 2005.

"The violence has marred the image of Ethiopia, but as far as the process of democratization is concerned I don't think it has had an impact on the country." People's Daily Online, November 10, 2005.

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