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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Declared State of Emergency

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We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression.

We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less.

The challenges facing Ethiopia, whether to democratic reform, economic growth, or lasting stability, are best addressed through inclusive discourse and political processes, rather than through the imposition of restrictions.

The declaration of a state of emergency undermines recent positive steps toward creating a more inclusive political space, including the release of thousands of prisoners. Restrictions on the ability of the Ethiopian people to express themselves peacefully sends a message that they are not being heard.

We strongly urge the government to rethink this approach and identify other means to protect lives and property while preserving, and indeed expanding, the space for meaningful dialogue and political participation that can pave the way to a lasting democracy.

Read Aloud:   Hiber Radio Live News March 3, 2014



  1. This statement is as usual a joke. The USA is the real enemy of Ethiopia and the whole world. Woyane is the agent to this end.

  2. Statement from US embassy in Addis is spot on. State of emergency is a non-starter and should be rejected by 100% of Ethiopians and all democratic countries all over the world. If the terrorist, criminal, tyrannical TPLF/EPRDF do not follow the advice of US embassy, the US government should impose a crippling economic and military sanction on the terrorist group designed to expedite their overthrow from power and ban all members of the terrorist group from living Ethiopia to other countries. Moreover, ban one of their cash cow, ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, from landing in USA, EUROPE and other democratic and law abiding countries all over the world. IT IS THE ECONOMY STUPID. IT IS THE ECONOMY STUPID. If we the freedom/democracy/rule of law loving patriotic/warrior Ethiopians all over the world, especially those of us who hail from the land of the free and home of the brave, USA, like MO/ME, target all their GOD/MONEY sources and deny them from getting it that is IF WE STARVE THE DEVIL BEAST, we will transfer them from the emergency room into the INTENSIVE CARE UNIT, where no one in Ethiopia comes out alive b/c of the very poor health care in Ethiopia due to the exodus of over 80-90% Ethiopian brightest doctors to other countries and the poor quality of education in general and medical education in particular under terrorist, mafia TPLF/EPRDF.

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