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Call to Action: Rally to demand President Obama Cancel his trip to Ethiopia, ruled by ethnic minority, dictatorial regime – DC Joint Task Force

In the aftermath of flawed elections in which the authoritarian TPLF tyrants declared 100% victory after slaughtering civilians, incarcerating journalists and decimating any credible opposition, Obama’s planned trip to Ethiopia is a mockery of democracy, a blatant expression of contempt for the oppressed people of Ethiopia, and an affirmation of his administration’s hypocrisy and obscene lack of respect for the very principles upon which the US constitution are founded.
The egregious violations of all known rules of good governance and democratic principles by the authoritarian regime in Ethiopia are well documented.
In a recent report Amnesty International acknowledged receiving “a number of reports concerning the deaths of political opposition figures in suspicious circumstances, as well as of a pattern of human rights violations against political opposition parties throughout the election period.”
Earlier, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) acknowledged the refusal of the authoritarian regime in Ethiopia to abide by its recommendations for free and fair elections and decided not to send observers to monitor the flawed elections.
In its January report, Human Rights Watch  noted: “The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of the May 2015 general elections.  … At least 60 journalists have fled their country since 2010, while at least another 19 languish in prison. The government has shut down dozens of publications and controls most television and most radio outlets.”
Despite these and other concrete pieces of evidence about the totalitarian nature of the ethnic-based regime in Ethiopia, the Obama administration has repeatedly expressed its ignorance of the deteriorating human rights condition in that country, and directly gave encouragement to the dictators in power to intensify their abuse of human rights and deviance from good governance.  We all recall the shameful remark made in April by State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman, when she arrogantly asserted: “Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair and credible.”
Over the years, the people of Ethiopia have hopelessly watched with dismay how, in the name of security cooperation, successive US administrations have disregarded their plights, and emboldened the tyrants with billions of dollars in aid, and with diplomatic and military support. However, to date no other US President has had the disgrace to openly embrace the crimes of the tyrants with a trip to the city of Addis Ababa whose streets are awash with the blood of peaceful protesters, human rights activists, and opposition leaders.
Obama’s planned trip has predictably sent shockwaves among his Ethiopian-American supporters who had believed him when he declared:  “… just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter or forget our principles.”
It is now time for all genuine Ethiopians and others who stand for justice, freedom and democracy to rise in unity and demonstrate their revulsion, frustration and anger against the latest affront by this administration.
We call upon all Ethiopians and other pro-democracy groups and individuals to wage peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C., turning the upcoming 32nd Annual Sports and Cultural Event to be held in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area from June 28 to July 4, 2015, as an opportunity to remember the victims of tyranny, to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Ethiopia, and to denounce the misguided policy of the Obama administration toward Ethiopia.
Let us all join the Washington Post and echo its admonition:  “Mr. Obama’s visit to Ethiopia sends the wrong message on democracy!”
 

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The Protest Day

Friday

July 3rd 2015 at 9:00 AM

White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

  Washington, DC. 20500

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5 Comments

  1. .what did the president of USA Mr. Obama do to bring posetive attention to the black population in USA where 1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns for us Ethiopians (Africans) to expect there will be posetive attention brought by his visit to an African country? But since I know the student got ties to mercinaries I don’t ask him in person to preserve my life.
    Yes, America’s economy is a war economy. Not a “manufacturing” economy. Not an “agricultural” economy. Nor a “service” economy. Not even a “consumer” economy. Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 40% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009).
    According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), African Americans constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, and have nearly six times the rate of whites.
    A black male born in 1991 has a 29% chance of spending time in prison at some point in his life.[6]
    One out of nine African American men will be incarcerated between the ages of 20 and 34.
    Black males ages 30 to 34 have the highest incarceration rate of any race/ethnicity.
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-we-love-americas-outrageous
    https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/03/13/11351/the-top-10-most-startling-facts-about-people-of-color-and-criminal-justice-in-the-united-states/
    http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/rates.html
    • One thing TPLF and USA got in common is they got WAR ECONOMY. Why else are Americans so eager and willing to surrender 54% of their tax dollars to a war machine, which consumes 47% of the world’s total military budgets?
    • Why are there more civilian mercenaries working for no-bid private war contractors than the total number of enlisted military in Iraq (180,000 to 160,000), at an added cost to taxpayers in excess of $200 billion and climbing daily?
    • Why do we shake our collective heads “yes” when our commander-in-chief proudly tells us he is a “war president;” and his party’s presidential candidate chants “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” as if “war” is a celebrity hit song?
    • Why do our spineless Democrats let an incompetent, blundering executive branch hide hundreds of billions of war costs in sneaky “supplemental appropriations” that are more crooked than Enron’s off-balance-sheet deals?
    • Why have Washington’s 537 elected leaders turned the governance of the American economy over to 42,000 greedy self-interest lobbyists?
    • And why earlier this year did our “support-our-troops” “war president” resist a new GI Bill because, as he said, his military might quit and go to college rather than re-enlist in his war; now we continue paying the Pentagon’s warriors huge $100,000-plus bonuses to re-up so they can keep expanding “America’s Outrageous War Economy?” Why? Because we secretly love war!
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-we-love-americas-outrageous
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-we-love-americas-outrageous

  2. Obama knows very well Ethiopia is controlled by criminal org. known as TPLF.
    he also knows what tribalism has done in places like Ruwanda,but has no guts to speak up and tell off the TPLF thugs.I can not wait to see his party replaced along with TPLF advocate Gayle smith.at least the opposition do not pretend and are less likely to finance criminals.

  3. The country, which you will never expect has become a country with New Spheres of development of all types for mankind, like Ethiopians. One, which is especial in kind is the democratic election of Ginbot 2007(2015 may). Of course, this is an outcome of the people´s struggle since its inception. So long live for the Marthrers. We need to appreciate to EPRDF and its members that being governed by all principles of democratisation and comprehensive and inclusive developmental strategies,which is well engineered by our beloved leader Meles and his friends-in-arms/struggle. Now we are observing some elements, who dream and look just to turn this, “U” situation, which implicated killing the people and land. Well, any one for that matter, an organsation, can dream, but the point is that dream will end just to be dream. So, what you are doing is part and parcel of your old dream.A cow in the sky, where I cann´t reach its milk. Lets the fogs be in the swamp!

  4. Only extremist nefetegnas will be protesting, in the mean time Ethiopias majority (non nefetegna Ethiopians) will celebrate the coming of President Obama.

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