The Chairperson of Ethiopian leading opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), W/t Bertukan Mideksa, has been reportedly arrested today, Monday, December 29. 2008 at around 2:30 PM by civilian clothed security agents of Meles Zenawi. According to reports, security agents also assaulted Professor Mesfin Woldemariam and her driver and raided UDJ’s offices. While Bertukan was on a recent tour in Europe, she had asserted that she did not ask for clemency from Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Weyane was so angered by her unswerving position that it demanded her to retract her statement on national TV and top officials interrogated her. Bertukan issued a statement recently revealing the fact s related to the so called clemency process.
Stop the Intimidation-by-Imprisonment of Opposition Leaders in Ethiopia
ANDINET NORTH AMERICA ASSOCIATION OF SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS (ANAASO)
Urgent Call for Action
Mrs. Birtukan Medeksa, Chairwoman of the main Ethiopian opposition party: Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJP) has been interrogated twice personally by the Ethiopian Police Commissioner and is being threatened with a life time imprisonment for exercising her constitutional right of conducting an open and free exchange of ideas with her supporters abroad and at home. Read more →
Statesmen ought to have a special prize just for themselves, like fools have the Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards commemorate very stupid people who did a service to human evolution by accidentally removing themselves from the gene pool. The statesman’s equivalent could be called something like the Cheney-Zenawi Award. Read more →