Monday, November 6

English Translation of Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Calendar:

I have long found it possible to continue my daily business without engaging in the realm of Ethiopian politics. However, things witnessed here in recent months have left me no option but to add my voice in public condemnation of the brutalities of the EPRDF regime.

Ethiopia, the internationally celebrated “Cradle of Humanity”, has of late become a country more synonymous with death than life— a place where peaceful demonstration results in the murder of hundreds of innocent civilians; a place where old men languish in prison for crimes not committed and the most educated, talented and productive members of society are forced to choose between self-censorship and self-sacrifice.

There simply comes a time when enough is ENOUGH.

There has been much attention given lately to the circulation of a non-violent civil-disobedience calendar, for which many have already been arrested, tortured and even killed. Such severe government retaliation is an unfathomable response to a publication peacefully advocating for the release of political prisoners, and must be exposed as such.

I have not yet come across an English translation of this calendar and would like to provide an unofficial version now:



WITHOUT RISKING GOVERNMENT RETRIBUTION, JOIN ME IN IMPOSING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS TO GET OUR POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED

1. Gradually, withdraw your funds from Ethiopian government and EPRDF private banks and deposit in private banks that are not associated with government agencies or agents

2. Break your existing relationship with EPRDF government or EPRDF party insurance agencies and deal with private, not government, agent insurance institutions

3. Use fliers and posters and graffiti to communicate slogans and messages in various parts of Ethiopia without risking your well being

4. Write letters and emails and make phone calls to EPRDF government officials to inform them of the agony they are creating and to plead with them to stop. Share contact information to government officials.

5. Use whatever safe means you find to expose and report government’s abuse of its power and its cruelty to the Ethiopian people including: human rights violation, extortion of country’s resources for personal use, embezzlement, unfair and heavy taxation on private industries, unfair competition with private industries, unfair practices in trade and legal system, heavy intimidation, etc. Please report your findings and facts to

kinijitcener@yahoo.com

6. Refrain from attending EPRDF government meetings. If you are forced to do so, do not participate or speak to demonstrate your opposition

7. Refrain from working for the illegal EPRDF government

8. Do not associate socially or professionally with federal or local government agents who are agonizing the Ethiopian people; plead with them to abstain from their cruel and abusive actions. The exclusion shouldn't be based on ethnic, religious and/or gender lines.

9. Do not use products and services made by EPRDF government and its agencies such as: Dashen Beer, Pepsi products, Addis Tea, NOC gas station, Mega book store, etc

10. Do not buy or use print and television media produced by EPRDF government and government related agencies such as: Reporter, Eftein, Fekat, The Reporter, Ethiopian Television and Radio News, various programs by Zemi connection (Mimi Sebhatu), EPRDF government officials question and answer sessions

11. Those who work for EPRDF government factories and industries, cooperate with our peaceful struggle by participating in industrial actions

12. Report on individuals and organizations that are doing business with TPLF trading agencies

13. Report individuals that are making their living through extortion of Ethiopia’s resources and abuse of the Ethiopian people. You can email your findings to kinijitcenter@yahoo.com

14. Plead with foreign embassies, diplomats and governments for the release of political prisoners through letter writing campaigns

PS: The pictures on the Calendar are that of:
a. Engineer Hailu Shaul, Chairman, Kinijit
b. Ato Muluneh Eyauel, Secretary, Kinigit
c. Prof. Mesfin Weldemariam, Kinigit founder and human rights advocate
d. Ms. Birtukan Mideksa, Vice Chairman, Kinigit
e. Dr. Berhanu Nega, Mayor, Addis Ababa
f. Engineer Gizachew Sheferaw, Kinigit high commissioner




23 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is good to hear that someone is doing something about the Calender.Next, we need to get this message on the radio so that it will reach the mass. Keep it up!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for exposing the brutatlity of the Meles government. The Meles government is so desperate to stay in power couldn't allow people's basic hulmanly giving right of non vilolent activities such as boy cotting parlaminet, government owned businesses and peacful demonstration. So, keep up the good work and god bless you!

Anonymous said...

Bertukan is not chairman. She is chairwoman. Please spell Kinijit and not Kinigit. Thank you for presenting the other side of the story. Truth will always prevail. We look forward to hearing more news from you.

Anonymous said...

A good addition to the expanding democracy oriented Ethio blogs. Welcome!

christian said...

God bless U....

Anonymous said...

Can you please have a bigger picture of the calander so we can see it?

ethioinfo said...

Welcome.I am ethioinfo.
www.flickr.com/photos/ethioinfo.
I need pictures of all tplf officials. If you have reporter's access, please send it to me either at the flickr site, http://ethio-info.blogspot.com, and http://www.ethioaffairs.com/viewtopic.php?t=1129.
Thanks

Les Neuhaus said...

Yawn.

kallmaya said...

wooow i just see your bolog . i will vist the blog
if you are updating the page every day . just keep up the good job

kallmaya from North America

inde hewan said...

Dear New-Ferenji-on-the-block: Welcome! I am glad to see another ferenj with a conscience, a caring for the wellbeing of Ethiopia, and a modicum of spine and courage to start a blog. Keep it up, we'll keep checking your new blog.

Also, thanks for offering a translation of the calendar. I have noticed that there is a real dearth of translations of key writings of the pro-democracy movement into English. It is critical that the non-Ethiopian community involved with Ethiopia is kept informed. Please continue to offer other similar translations in order fill this niche in the pro-democracy pro-human-rights movement.

broomfieldrunner said...

Thanks and keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Great great work. Lookforward to many more - to the note above: Birtukan is a chairman - chairman is not just for men.

Anonymous said...

Why you took off my comment?

Sad

Anonymous said...

Bloger is ther the comment that you doesn't like.

Sad

Anonymous said...

you are so one sided.kinjit kinjit kinjit.it nauseates. talk of the whole opposition, the mass unrest.stop this one organization worship folly.you will be as boring as the others.ok?

TIMERGA BIZA said...

i already called my mom and told her to close her eth comm bank account and open with private bank. i will do with freinds and relative and keep fighting in every front to confront this inhuman vicious dictator. it might take very long time and require great deal of patient,though will be very efective. no more anger, let's translate it to action plan.

Anonymous said...

WOW, LOOK AT YOU. OUR PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING IN ETHIOPIA AND YOU WANT TO CUT THE SMALL SUPPORT YOU USED TO GIVE THEM??
THATS INHUMANE!!!
THE ONLY EXPLANATION FOR THIS MIGHT BE THAT YOU ARE ERITREAN OR EGYPTIAN. EVEN IF YOU ARE AN EGYPTIAN, I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT YOU WOULD BE THIS CRUEL.


SHORT SIGHTER PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL ARE THE REASON WHY ETHIOPIA IS STILL BACKWARD. YOU THINK YOU WILL ACHIEVE USING PROPAGANDA. THE FACT IS EVEN WHEN YOU GET RID OF EPRDF WITH THE HELP OF GOD, DO YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN?? WE (TIGRAINS AND MELES SUPPORTERS) WILL DO THE SAME THING TO YOUR PARTY AND CREATE THE SAME PROPAGANDA AS YOU DID. YOU SEE THE VICOUS CYCLE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MODERATION PREVAILS.
WE HAVE A GOOD GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW THAT CAN IMPROVE BUT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM NOT BY HATE.
YOU CAN STOP THIS VICOUS CYCLE AND HELP SOLVE OUR POVERTY AND RESPECT OUR GOVERNMENT, APPRECIATE IT'S ACHIEVEMENTS, AND TELL OUR GOVERNMENT HOW IT CAN IMPROVE THE SMALL PROBLEMS IT MIGHT HAVE. CREATING PROPAGANDA WILL NEVER HELP OUR COUNTRY. EVEN IF YOU WIN, IT WILL BE TEMPORARY BECAUSE MOST OF US SUPPORTERS OF MELES HONOR HIM AND HIS PARTY'S EFFORT WITH ALL OUR HEARTS. IF WE LOSE TO DERGISTS, WE WILL MAKE SURE THEIR STAY IN MENILIK PALACE WILL BE A VERY SHORT ONE AND WE WILL USE THE SAME PROPAGANDA YOU THOUGHT US TO GET RID OF YOU.
YOU CAN END YOUR BITTERNESS BY APPRECIATING THE GREAT WORK MELES AND HIS PARTY IS DOING. ETHIOPIA WAS NOT AMERICA BEFORE 1991 AND IF YOU CONTINUE TO EXAGGERATE EVERY ISSUE IN ETHIOPIA WITHOUT PRAISING THE THOUSANDS OF CASES OF IMPROVEMENTS IN ETHIOPIA, YOU ARE KIDDING YOURSELF.
ALSO IF YOU CONTINUE TO BE THE SHEEP OF DERGIST WEBSITES AND THEIR VENOM, IT IS UPTO YOU AGAIN.

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT ETHIOPIANS WILL FIGHT NOT JUST POVERTY BUT THE DERG ALIVE IN THE DIASPORA TOO.
ETHIOPIANS WILL WIN.

GOD BLESS AND HELP OUR STRONG LEADERS.
ETHIOPIA WILL PROGRESS EVEN WITH ITS ETHIOPIAN ENEMIES ATTEMPT.

http://ethiopianhero.8.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=8

Anonymous said...

To EthiInfo,

I understand that you are looking for pictures, you will find these picture interesting.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/smgebru/page4/

Samuel Gebru
claims that he is 14yo
but looks 25-30 in Boston, MA

and blogs here

http://smgebru.blogspot.com/

expose woyins

Hagere said...

Thank you for documenting this bizarre theatre of Meles Zenawi. It is sad that western 'champions of the rule of law' not only tolerate this miscarriage of justice but also finance it. It is countries like the US, UK, and Canada that continue to finance Meles' monster and rotten regime. Too bad that the average taxpayer does not know how the money taken out of her pocket is being used to bankroll the worst dictators of the world.

ethioinfo said...

anonymous, Thank you. Samuel Gebru is posted on line. Please provide more info on others at the ethioinfo site at flickr or http://www.ethioaffairs.com/viewtopic.php?t=1129

Good Work

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