If anyone thinks the outpouring of anger and shock which followed the Adil Ahamed's blatant injustice would make EPRDF rethink its decision, what has happened after the conviction should be a cause for pause. In most villages in Addis Ababa, there is a massive crack down of former kinijit members and opposition supporters. Even those who are linked remotely with the opposition are facing real threat now. EPRDF's strategy is clear.
-First, convict the prisoners while people aren't giving attention to the trial.
-Arrest and torture opposition supporters as a pre-emptive action so that they wouldn't organize protests before the sentencing.
They know as far as the international community is concerned, they can implement whatever strategy with absolute impunity. During the fake negotiations in April, one of the so-called mediators who lost hope on the American amabassador said:"I can't believe how Meles treats him[Yamamoto] like a child. He doesn't even respect the flag the ambassador represents." Whether the mediator intends it or not, the message of the satement can't be more lucid.
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