Saturday, April 26, 2008

Former Kinijjit Officials Hint at Armed Struggle to Defeat TPLF

In a four page press release they dispatched recently, five members of the now defunct Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party supreme council ”resigned” from their positions in CUDP over what they termed “fundamental differences” between their recently adopted political position and CUDP’s chosen method of struggle.

After preaching “non-violence” as THE WAY since the inception of CUDP (a.k.a. Kinijjit), Berhanu Nega, Andargachew Tsige, Daniel Asefa, Mesfin Aman and Chekol Getahun seem to have finally come to their senses and realized that it is a futile and useless method against a tyrannical force like TPLF/EPRDF.

In their press release, (Read here in Afaan Amaaraa) they lament the deplorable repressive and stifling political environment in the country and TPLF/EPRDF’s “true nature” which they now say is devoid of understanding “civilized politics.”

“This stifling environment which" they wrote, "is imposed on our country [by TPLF/EPRDF] and in which citizens, political parties and civic organizations are unable to perform their activities freely, has forced, not only CUD members, supporters and the general [Ethiopian] society, but also a few of us within the Kinijit leadership to raise questions around TPLF/EPRDF’s true nature and the method of struggle CUDP should utilize in the struggle against such an absolutely tyrannical force.”

“ … Given TPLF’s absolute tyrannical nature, we have come to give up on the belief that the repression imposed on the Ethiopian people by the TPLF/EPRDF can be eliminated by struggling within the confines of ‘peaceful and legal’ methods which the TPLF allows [or takes away] at its whim. Consequently, we have decided to struggle against the TPLF/EPRDF at a time of our choosing in a manner organized heedless of TPLF/EPRDF benevolence and free to employ any means necessary. “

“We have no doubt” they wrote, “that we will create a situation in which TPLF/EPRDF will present itself for negotiations [with Ethiopian opposition forces] not as a result of pleading with it but being forced to do so …” (translation mine)

The notion that one can struggle in a “peaceful and legal” manner to defeat TPLF when TPLF is in control of the legislative, the judiciary and the executive branches of government, election commissions, law enforcement, the army, etc … was preposterous from the start.

Congrats to Dr. Berhanu & Co. for finally getting it.

It is equally preposterous to give credence to the notion that there is democracy in Ethiopia or that the incumbent government is moving in that direction by joining or remaining in its parliament. It is hoped that Bulcha Demeksa, Beyen Petros and Merera Gudina will see the light in a not so distant future.

Have your say.


Galaan said...

Regardless of what Ethiopians, traitors and spineless bitamtus say about it, the OLF was ahead of every one else in 1991. (a)Because it understood the nature of colonizers very well, it quickly determined where TPLF was headed: dictatorship. (b) It withdrew from the government because remaining in it would have given TPLF some semblence of democracy in the eyes of the population and the international community. (c) It took up arms because it understood the nature of TPLF.

Berhanu and friends find this out only recently.

Being new to armed struggle, Berhanu and friends may need some help. Will they come to OLF asking for it? Or Eritrea? Who knows! WHo cares!

Anonymous said...

I think it is time for every genuine Opposition forces to realize that the TPLF only comes to concession through force not by peaceful means. After all, they did make it clear from the beginning that they came to power by force and they will only leave by force. It is encouraging that after almost two decades some Abys political elites are now realizing that force is the only means to get rid of this tyrant government.

Still the press release is vague and it does not clearly mention if the CUDP will incorporate force as a means to remove this brutal government.

But again it has to start from somewhere, Right?

Anonymous said...

Dear oromo that is the way to react and make understand the community how don't want accept the reality.

We are a nation how have riche idea, unfortunatly we don't use it for us.

Go a head we oromo we need such democratique and inteligent strategie to get our freedom.

We shal win!!!!



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