Comments on: As winter begins, an African Spring heats up http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:13:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: yamitulu http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-66 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:38:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-66 The comment by :ThinkFood: is interesting. It sounds genuine and independent but for the dire warning not to hear from any Diaspora or Meles? The fact that you compare the Diaspora or a jailed journalist with Meles is a dead giveaway or you are a bit naive. It is however not unexpected how fast the current Ethiopian regime’s propaganda machinery has moved into high gear to quash the above reporting. It is in fact an accurate description of events that are taking place in the country. Many radical changes started in tepid, seemingly disorganized resistance of individuals whose efforts were often dismissed as futile. But as it has been proven time and again, in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and now Syria; the time will come when the ferocity of a cruel dictatorship fails to stem the tide of change.
The Melese regime may pride itself in assembling an ethnically pure Tigrean Army which will not hesitate killing tens of thousands or protesters. This is what feeds the arrogance of the ruling regime in Ethiopia. Meles’ young Tigrean cadres & secret Eritrean mercenaries may massacre thousands, but in the end they will not be able to kill every one. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Tigreans does not have freedom of expression and cannot vote for any other party except the current one in power. They live in fear of two things; Meles’ own secret service constantly on the lookout for the slightest bit of critical opinion or outright opposition or what inevitably will come; a massive genocide of Oromo, Gurage, Amhara, Sidama, etc by Melese and his party IN THE NAME OF TIGRAI. The previous writer warns of chaos a-la Somalia. The better analogy may be Rwanda. Like Melese and his party; the Hutus were so filled with power they had no desire or interest in sharing the ruling of the country with the Tutsi. Without going into much detail here, decades later, things had changed and the shoe was on the other foot with the Tutsi in power. If opposition groups or individuals during an uprising were afraid to go forward because of a potential adverse outcome, not one of the dictators listed by ThinFood will have been toppled. Long before this happens in Ethiopia, Meles and his cronies will have left for some foreign country to enjoy the billions they have made for themselves and leave the Tigrai peoples, the original Ethiopians, holding the bag and this proud old African country even poorer if that is possible. It is in these difficult times that the true test of the Ethiopians will be manifested. Will the Ethnic groups understand how Tigreans have been as much a victim of this regime as the rest of the country and heal the wounds and form a united government? I believe so. Especially if some of the Tigrians join the fight against dictatorship. For freedom of speech and assembly. Against confiscation of property without due cause or hearing. For private property rights. I will bet with the Ethiopians, they will come together and disprove the naysayers. Rwanda will not be repeated in Ethiopia. But time is running out.

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By: EthioMekuria http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-62 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:32:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-62 An outburst of public anger is inevitable in Ethiopia, and just like elsewhere no one knows how, when or where it will start. What we know however is that the drivers for a revolution exist: sky rocketing living costs, lack of political freedom and leadership that’s is surrounded by sycophants that tell it what it wants to hear and as a result is disconnected from the people, corruption, ethnic discriminations, and enormous wealth of the political elite groups.

For those that crow the economy has been growing, ask yourself who has benefited from it. Ethiopia today is filled with polar opposites whereby some can barely afford to eat 3 meals a day, while politically connected elite flaunt their wealth in the fanciest of cars. Three quarters of our population was born or joined the workforce during the reign of Emperor Meles and he is currently having his feeding his lions prime meat while the population starves.

It is never too late to change and make amends, save our country the price of a revolution and change before the people force you to change.

The dictator Meles has gun and the people have voices.

My advice to Dictator Meles: The Ethiopian spring is coming to your door step and you cannot do anything about it other than killing inocents like you did in 2005. Time is up.

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By: Bekele http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-60 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:30:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-60 The writer is a very biased one. He copied almost all of his ideas from the facebook campaign which some diaspora extremists call ‘Beka’ to mean enough. The writer stated that people in Ethiopia don’t know about the north Africa spring, and this is very false. Of course, there is no wide spread of internet connection, but everyone was watching the events on Television. There is some economical problem in Ethiopia for sure, but the biggest thing is difference in ideology and politics. Most of these few diaspora extremists like Dr.Brhanu don’t really care about the people, but about to win their ideology over the ruling party. Power in Ethiopia was controlled by feudalistic Haileselassie, and and them by Mengestu (dictator) before the current government toppled latter and introduced Federalism in country. This is not acceptable by these few individuals who seem to worry about the lack of freedom and democracy in Ethiopia. The reality is political difference and interest for power are the two focus of the people who are calling for revolution to happen in Ethiopia. They are even working with the Eritrean government (which is an enemy of Ethiopia) in the pretext of fighting for freedom and democracy in Ethiopia. The reality is that Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic country, and the only way that can keep them together is the federal system. As for the writer, he should have seen things both ways before writing all this from the extreme opposition only.

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By: Beka2011 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-59 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:10:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-59 Thanks to the western aid money that is sponsoring Tyranny Melse government to brutalized Ethiopian for such a long period.

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By: ThinkFood http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-58 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:55:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-58 REVOLUTION sweeps away a hated tyrant, unleashing a joyous jumble of hopes. Amid the cacophony a faint but steady drumbeat grows louder. Soon the whole country marches to this rhythm. Those who fall out of step find themselves shunted aside or trampled underfoot, sacrificed to the triumph of an idea that many exalt as noble but no one can define. It happened in Ethiopia when the mighty king of kings Hile Selasse, was deposed in massive uprising that shook the country and lead to the harsh reality of a barbaric military dictatorship. It happened in Iran when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini steered a broad uprising against the shah into a grimly Islamist cul-de-sac. It will also happen in Egypt, Syria, Libya as the Arab spring turn to a winter of discontent.

These is real politick, where if the ground is not ready nor fertile, no matter how hard you try you will end up with crushed dreams that will turn a promising and idealistic start to an even bleaker future. Today, Ethiopian politics is filled to the brim with people who were major actors during the red terror era. This is true in both sides, opposition and ruling elites. Unless and otherwise, these people are willingly or forcefully sidelined. Expecting change to come from these same people with a damaged or perverted sociological makeup is like buying an ox expecting to milk it.

My advice to my fellow Ethiopians living in Ethiopia is to learn from history and choose to put pragmatism before idealism. To never ever listen to any voices from the Diaspora but listen to anyone who choose to practice what they preach, ranging from Eskinder Nega to Meles Zenawi. Above all to make sure to never lose the hard gained peace and security of the country. Otherwise, there will come a day when we will look back in envy to these times and like a Somali, say what did we do to us?

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By: SolomonT http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-57 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:46:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-57 Who is John Lloyd again??? Complete Nonsense! Full of lies carbon copied from the useless, undemocratic, desperate few vocal opposition.

In the past, you were dreaming of Rose/Orange/Avocado revolution for Ethiopia – it never worked. You are now dreaming of Arab Spring/Stream/River/ …it will never work! Just keep dreaming…

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By: kordo http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2011/12/08/as-winter-begins-an-african-spring-heats-up/#comment-55 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 07:57:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=82#comment-55 perhaps instead spring in the USA?

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