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Saturday, June 23, 2007

My earlier unconfirmed reports about the release of the prisoners today wasn't accurate. According to sources, for adminstrative and legal reasons, the prisoners will not be out in the next couple of days, but they are expected to be released before Thursday. I will update this blog everytime new information is in.
This was what, according to sources, what professor Mesfin said during the negotiation. "Sewiyew hulet amet kaseren behula lemefitat yemariyam menged yifelegal. Asiben enistew." This is what thinking ahead for your nation and putting yourself in somebody's shoes classically means.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ez:
Thank you. Wishing you a success in your effort and a pleasent week end.
Tazabi

Anonymous said...

Thanks EZ! You have been a very dependable source for all of us who are desperate to see the jailed leaders out. But be a little wise on how you deliver it!I don't like how you stated it in this particular posting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your commitment. Your approach is plausable. Many thanks and regrds,

Anonymous said...

Please be wise as my friend said earlier. Do you really wanna ruin all this effort by saying such things. You know how elehignoch the ehadig leaders are and statements like this wouldn't help the ongoing effort at all. So pls pls refrain from making such gilb yehone statement. Beside i dont think pro mesfin would say such a thing in this important time. I just visted ethiopiafirst.com website and the editor had an interview with prof ephreim and this is what the prof. said he wanted all of us to do.

Dear Netters,
I just talked to Prof. Ephraim Issac and his message for all of us is to have more patience. Prof. Ephraim is very worried about all the rumors circulating regarding the status of the mediation. These rumors have negative impact to his work and he politely asks everyone to stop it ASAP. He pledged to give an authorized statement when the right time comes. (Ben - June 23, 2007 - 10:45 Eastern Time)
http://www.ethiopiafirst.com/news1.html

Anonymous said...

*****
the smallest jail is called kaliti and it seems it can have an end soon.
*****
The biggest jail in the world is called ethiopia and we hope the 72 mil. people will be free until the ethiopien millenium.

Insha allah!

Anonymous said...

HI EZ! First of all I would like to thank you for keeping us updated on every issue regarding our EMMAMMA ETHIOPIA.
A family member of mine is one of the 38 who are imprisoned in Qaliti. I just had a telephone conversation with my sister back home and she was on her way back from Qaliti. According to her all the 38 have signed an agreement to take partiall responsibility to what happened since the election. She couldn't get enough information from the prisoner whom she visited as their conversation is very limited. So they are expected to appear on court by Monday or Tuesday and the prosecutor is going to drop his case. They expect to be out of Qaliti by Thursday.
From a very reliable source (family member)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Zagol for your uptodate information. For now, I very much hope that they will be released any moment. For the future, I hope they will be able to lead the goal that the majority of Ethiopians supported, which is building a peaceful and true democratic country in which all of us can live in freedom. I am, however, worried that Meles may break his promise and play the same game he played on Siye Aberaha.

We should realize that this is never announced on the government mass media (at least not on Walta). I will personally believe the agreement and the content of the agreement only when it is announced on the government mass media. What they will say is anyone’s guess but only then we will be able to know what they are up to. I think people should be vigilant and not hurry about going to Ethiopia and celebrate the millennium.

Anonymous said...

Thanks EZ a million times!

Basically the CUD leaders rescued the tyrannt for the time being. As Mesfin W/M said after arresting them for 2 years - he is begging them to find him a way out.

I thank god for their release - hopefully it will happen soon.

There is another distrubing news in the diaspora. One of the faction from the 12 group KIL lead by Andargachiew Tsigie refused to accept directive and questioned the authority of Hailu Shawel. This is disturbing indeed. Go see the press release at KIL or EMF website.The 8 group faction of KIL led by Andargachiew Tsigie announced on its press release that they will not accept the authority of the electced leaders directive to form a 23 memeber council. Instead they said they may not or if necessary they will elect the additional 11 members by election from the diaspora community. As we all know the 12 members were assigned by Kaliti leaders but not elected by the diaspora community.

This week has been a very trying week for the Kaliti leaders as they were trying to negotiate their release under duress. If KIL and KNA were a committed organization - they should have followed such a dramatic development and update their supporters every hour and day. But instead Ethio Zagol and Ethiomedia kept us informed for 24/7. As of Wed - June 20,the biggest news posted on KIL website was - what the non factor singer Teddy Affro has said. The "Prime Minster designate" Andargachiew Tsigie and friends are jet flying around
the globe to preach about Kinijit and democracy. Is this what you call struggle? To fly to Australia and every city in the US and preach about what we already know?

KIL has tried to make a coup de etat from the McDonald in the diaspora.

After their release, the CUd leaders must disband the KIL at their earliest convenience.

Anonymous said...

Dear EZ,

You have been on task through this very important development to inform us continuously. You are the most popular blogger and also a dedicated journalist.

Ke akbirot selamita ena misgana gar
Ke-ante (eriso) endegena lemismat eyetemamenin...

Melkam senbeit

MGP

Anonymous said...

.
Anonym 10:15

I am glad you are exposing the people who are killing the struggle. We knew from the get go Andargachew Tsige was a snitch. We were only waitiung for the right time to expose his ass. We hope people following the politics closely will understand what we are talking about. In fact, some say he is a WOYANI spy; and we believe them. He was being ashered in the senate by the "cia" during the crisis. The Americans wanted to find a person they say middle man between TPLF and CUDP, they find that person in Andargachew Tsige.

I hope they elect me as a KIL from North America, because we know where the soft spots of TPLF is it is in their belly (CORRUPTION). They all have ammassed millions in foreign accounts. We will expose them all, Ethiopia has become the pockets of few people.

Anonymous said...

Dear EZ
I don't know what to say

Now I can sleep weel... No matter the news was not as I expected..
But your message was what I was expecting all day long....
It is already moring.... I have to sleep now....
God protect my leaders

I will see them in the new millinuim.. with Love and Hope...

INSHALAH

Dear EZ
Please accept my Love and Admiration to you....

You are.... hmmmmmmmm I have no words that express my appreciation to you

God bless you

Anonymous said...

Once more you are doing an admirable job.

But no, the news is not a great news. The leaders simply copped out on us.

It is disappointing, to say the least. We don't yet know all the details, but from the little we know, it is a sad end to the saga that has gripped the nation for two long years.

In the end, what we found out was, the leaders we elected were part of the massacre committed against us. And that makes them not only sell outs but partners in Crime.

CUD, thank you for the hope you inspired in our hearts, but now your job is done, and your journey is over. From now on, we will continue the journey with out you.

Good bye, sell outs.

Anonymous said...

Believe you me, "hod kurtet indeyazew naw iyaregegn yalew". I kept checking every few minutes. I want them out, ethiopia wants them out, and working for her. I also want Zenawi out, out of my country.

Anonymous said...

Z, Thank you for the updates. This is indeed very good news.

I visited Kinijit.org AND Kinijitethiopia.org in the hope of getting additional info, only to find an idiotic press release about 12 vs 23 on one site and something mundane about the ambassador in The Hague on the other as the headliners for today. With friends like these, who needs an enemy?
The sooner the CUD leaders find their way out of prison, the better it will be all around.

Anonymous said...

Thanks EZ.
I know those great individuals know better than ALL of us do about the party's priorities and the facts in front of them. It is easy to pass judgments and give directives from our air-conditioned apartments. But, that does little to bring change in our country.

As far as the so call support groups go, as I have been saying all along in this blog, I have no faith in them any more. They have no focus and the required maturity to lead us. To repeat my self, what is a group which is not better than a part-time blogger?

Anonymous said...

Aiga forum and and all other cadres of the TPLF want us to believe this negotiation is a form of plea bargaining. It's not. Meles, in all of his pronouncements regarding the political prisioners, had firmly and boldly stated that their case is not negotiable. Plea bargaining is done before or during trail not after the court has found you guilty. This is no plea bargaining. As Prof Mesfin said Meles wanted a way out which necessiated ignoring the court system and he did ignore the whole court process. What a waste of time, energy, and money!
This only shows us that the TPLF is under extreme pressure. They are either in the process of another break up or things are not going well for them. This includes their misadventure in Somalia.
Let's put some more pressure and ask them to release ALL political prisoners.


Germen
Ke Addis Aba

Anonymous said...

Meles ye America ashker!

Anonymous said...

EPRDFs shame on you, this is your leader who bend over for the westners, he should have listened Ethiopians.

Anonymous said...

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE

http://kaliti.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

It is good to hear that the Kinigit leaders will be free. It seems everyones concern is based on the agreement reached between the TPLF Politbureau and the Kinigit leaders. Let's give it some time and we can have unbiased information, and we can argue/debate on the topic. For now little is known, lets wish for the best. Besides that, we have to have confidence on the Kinigit leaders. Because, I don't think they will sign any document risking the country's and their future. Why in the first place they langused in jail ? They could have sold out the struggle like Kehedetu and co. long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ethio-zagol,

I would like to thank you for your effort, but please, please do not made some statements for the time being eventhough you have the right to do so. Your valuable information is here in the diaspora highly appreciated. Let the Almighty God bless Ethiopia and its God loving people.

Fitawrari said...

About prof mesfin comment...my take is as follows....Sewiyew, feto zim aylim, lemetarekim fekadegna aydelem, chigir honobet new, hasset lay yetemesserete wul, zoro zoro aytsedkim...We all know what happened, ye mariam menged becha aydelem yemifelegew, endegena anesasat...The prisoners have given enough, they have awakened the rest of us, now it is our turn to step up and grab the bull by the horn, as for the prisonners, I hope they have a plan, because sewiyew will lay trapps everywhere....Giorgis yitebekachew!

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, if the agreement included admission of 'mistake', Meles benefits more than anyone else.

The Kaliti leaders had made a mistake. The mistake was not leading a popular revolt when they had the upper hand in the first few weeks after the election.

At any rate, we expect to hear what they have to say. Will Dr. Berhanu take up his mayoral position?

Make no mistake about it; TPLF has a mission and it will stick to the mission till the end.

Merarw Ewnet

Anonymous said...

Meraraw Ewnetu

You are right! The agreement clears Meles from any responsibility? The AGAZI sharp shooters that went on murder spree have been exonerated by this agreement. If anyone it is CUDP leaders who have implicated themselves as part and parcel of the mass murderers. That is why we feel we have been betrayed by the agreement. This is what the agreement states:

- Meles and his gang have avoided responsibilities any kind

- CUDP leaders are part to blame for the deaths of all the innocent civilians

- Meles and TPLF are free to doing everything they want

- Meles and TPLF retain power until another "election, sometime in 2010"

- Meles' regime gets all the benefits from the agreement while CUDP leaders are only released from jail

- They have to start new life elsewhere or shut their mouth and wait until the next elestion

- Meanwhile Addis abeba remain in the hands of the TPLF nominated administration

- Military remains under Meles' short thumb

- Anyone raising the issue of compensation will go to jail

- Those died recently are to be forgotten (people like Tesfaye are guilty of dying four bullets lodged in his chest)

- EFFORT is not going to be investigated for all the accumulations of the money

- Let by gone be by gone

Anonymous said...

nothing ..the only thing that i can say is tabadaduuna lije weladu..you meles,olf,onlf and the the so called our leadrs..and live the poor ethiopian alon

Anonymous said...

WHY DO YOU CENCOR MY COMMENTS? I TRIED MANY TIMES AND YOU ALWAYS BLAOCK THEM OUT. THE FACT THAT THEY WILL BE PARDONED OR RELEASED ASKING FORGIVENESS DOES NOT SAY NANYTHING ABOUT THEIR CONVICTION IN THE COURT. THEY ARE FOUND GUILTY WETHER THEY ARE FREE OR NOT. THE MAIN THING IS THAT THE GOVERNOMENT WON'T SAY THEY ARE RELSEASED BECAUSE THIER WERE WRONGLY CHARGED. AS FAR AS THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY IS CONCERNED THEY ARE GUILTY. NOTHING COULD CHANGE THAT. NOTHING.

THEREFORE STOP THIS TALK ABOUT FREEDOM WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GUILTY PEOPLE WHO ARE RELEASED FOR POLITICAL REASONS. NOT CUZ THEY ARE FOUND INNOCENT AT THE COURT.

MELAT

Anonymous said...

Melat, Melat Melat,
What nonsense are you bluffing about? You people don't have the guts to accept the truth even for once. Shame! I would you rather go to your rights proper site Aiga. That is where you belong.

Anonymous said...

DON'T EXPECT ME TO THINK LIKE YOU. IF THATS THE CASE AIGA AND ZAGOL WILL BE THE SAME. PEOPLE IN ZABOL ENJOY MORE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION THAN HERE. I SEE THE OPINIONS IN THIS BLOG CHANGE OVERNIGHT. FROM TOTAL REJECTION OF THE AGREEMENT TO EAGERNESS TO THE REALIZATION OF IT. WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIDETU AND HAILU SHAWEL? LIDETU IS MORE CONSISTENT IN HIS POLITICAL VIEWS. WILL THEY LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES? WE WILL SEE. IF GOING TO PRISON MAKES ONE A HERO WELL WE HAVE A PROBLEM. WHY ARE THEY THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND WHAT HAS CHANGED? WHAT HAVE THEY ACHIEVED? WHAT ABOUT THE OBERWHELMING EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM? WHAT IS THE POINT OF RELEASING PRISONERS IF THE COURTS ARE NOT FREE, THE POLICE AND THE REST OF THE GOV'T INISTITUTIONS ARE THERE TO SILENCE ANY OPPOSITION? IS IT NOT ADMITING THAT THE SITUATION IS AT LEAST NOT AS BAD AS YOU GUYS CLAIM TO BE THE CASE. IF MELES GOV'T IS AS BRUTAL AS YOU SAY IT IS, WHATS THE POINT OF BEING FREE?

MELAT

Anonymous said...

Melat, I don't know what "consistent", "brutal", "evidence"...represent to you. Lucky you! You are a judge, a jury, a prosecuter, a political scientist...
You got more BS?

Anonymous said...

Melat if you think they have done criminal act just because TPLF led court says so, how about the same court telling Meles his security appratus used execessive force to quell the peaceful protest. If you think they are guilty may be you should ask yourself the same question why Meles is not guilty. In fact, one can argue that their guilt may be a revengo for his guilt, in other words tit-for-tat.

Anonymous said...

i think the right thing to do is to tying and create an opposition similar to the western world. In politics we have to take and give. In what ever the circumstances the agreement made, these are the people who organised this party and we followed them.If we are not agree witheir decision we have the right to oppose or to the extreme and leave the CUD and may be be a member of EPRDF, if one wants. Let us all think and work towards building a democartical system as always peace and negotation are the only right answer...
Zemeta

Anonymous said...

Zagol,Your quote for Prof. Mesfin at this time is a bit irresponsible.
This is really provocative. You are not helpfull by putting it on the web for all to see at this time.
You know well that Woyanne can reverse their descision. It is too premature to saying anything. Let us first see their freedom

Anonymous said...

However late, it is indeed good news that the elected leaders of Ethiopia are going to get out of Woyane dungeons. I am confident that they are so committed to freedom, democracy, and justice that they would not sign on papers that would endanger the future of the Ethiopian people and their own. I am also confident that they would not forget the lost lives of innocent Ethiopians and the ruined lives of the maimed ones, who put a lot of trust on the leadership of Kinijit. Last but not not least, I am also hopeful that they would not forget their own unjust suffering and that of their families and loved ones in the past two years. Time will tell what Woyanes would pay for the limitless crimes they committed for the past 16 long years. For now, let the true leaders be free! They taught us a lot. We saw how extreme evil one group could go and how committed can others be for freedom, democracy, and justice. \\\"Yenat hod zingurgur endilu\\\"

Anonymous said...

Woregna hula!!!!!!!

blablablabla.......shut the f**k up and think!!!!!

1. Do you know what the agreement document says? No;
2. Do you know whether or not the agreement is disadvantageous for CUD leaders? No;
3. If indeed the agreement is not "ideal" to CUD leaders, do you have another f**king plan to get them out of that rotten jail? No, you could not do a damn thing for over 2 years except fighting each other;
4. Do you have any idea about you being part of the problem rather than being part of the solution by bullshitting endlessly about things you have no an iota of knowledge or information about? obviously no, otherwise you would have shut the f**k up and waited until they were released.

So, zip it!!! hush!!!!!!!!!

by the way, if the CUD leadership is released KIL offically stops to exist. That was its mandate--to lead the struggle until the CUD leaders are released. So, stop talking trash about Ato Andargachew Tsige, you don't see me talk trash about 'you know who'.

patriot said...

To the WOREGNA IDIOT above:

Listen you idiot, you have been getting small benefits from the incarceration of CUDP leaders. You and your boss Andargachew were being escorted by the Americans because they thought you were closer to TPLF. Stop blaming the majority, it was you who introduced split amongst the KIL, it was you who jumped the gun with out the approval of the other senior members. Don't make us talk our hearts out, every one knows who Andargachew Tsige is, he is a sellout who was enjoying trips from one corner of the world to the other at the expense of our elected leaders' incarceration and at the blood of our youths.

The freedom for our elected leaders UNCONDITIONALLY was within our grasp, why do you think TPLF released these leaders? It is because there was no other exist strategy for the TPLF maggots. They too realized their demise was inching closer by the minute. If it was not for your forcible coersion of CUDP leaders to sign a partial responsibility agreement we were gaining grounds on our struggle to free our leaders unconditionally and at the same time deal the final blows to TPLF Ethocentrism policy. All the conditions were right, we were getting the political sympathy from the international community, the armed struggle everywhere in Ethiopian jungles were producing tangible results and the situation was also forcing our citizens to reconsider peaceful struggle. Another two or three months would have been a determining factor for our movement while CUDP leaders in jail. But now you F@#KED IT UP, AGAIN!

Stop this lie and systematic absolvation of your criminal (luxurious two years) life at the expense of Real-ethiopian youths blood. You know that aiding and abating a criminal regime is considered a criminal act.

You saved TPLF from total confrontation with 95% of Real-Ethiopians and at the same time you enjoyed cia-paid trips and staying at luxurious hotels. When your group had the chance to speak in the African-sub-committe, you destroyed the KIL spirit by not arguing the action of TPLF as a criminal act.

You are right, now that the "elected leader prisoners" are out KIL will drastically reduce its daily representation of the party, but that doesn;t mean KIL will fade out off Ethiopian politics. Rest assured that KIL will shift its gear to removing the TPLF Ethnocentric hegemony, in a way KIL will excercise more muscle than ever before. Your entire desire seem to have worked for the time being, save TPLF as the leading Ethnocentric hegemony in the Ethiopian political arena, but the struggle for freedon for the 95% is just warming up. If you do not believe me ask any rational Ethiopian and s/he will confirm what I am saying to you.

PATRIOT

bekele said...

38 Ethiopian opponents claim responsibility for post-poll violence

Monday 25 June 2007

June 24, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — 38 Ethiopian opposition activists convicted after violent protests in the wake of contested 2005 elections have admitted their "mistakes", their lawyer said Sunday.

"All the convicted 38 have agreed and signed a document accepting responsibility over the post-election violence. They have acknowledged to have made mistakes at that time," lawyer Wondawuk Ayele told AFP.

"The court had previously asked them to do so but they had refused. This is a new development and could finalize their release."

Ethiopia put more than 100 opposition figures on trial, accused of plotting a coup after disputed 2005 elections which the opposition claims were rigged.

The spokesman for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Sunday denied that a deal had been struck for the activists' release.

"So far there hasn't been any proposal from the government, nor has there been any mediation involving any other country," Bereket Simon said.

"I'm not aware of any developments regarding their release."


Earlier this year, the Ethiopian parliament approved a report which said 193 civilians and six policemen died during post-election violence in 2005 in one of the darkest chapters in the country's recent past.

The violence in Addis Ababa and other cities in June and November 2005 amid protests over the May 15 polls "occured due to infancy of the democratic system of the country", the report said.

The figures compiled by the inquiry were three times higher than the government's official death toll of 54 which prompted howls of protest from Western donors.

But opposition groups dismissed the report as "baseless", arguing that it failed to hold the State accountable for the bloody crackdown.

(AFP)

Fitawrari said...

The next weeks will tell us so much...Brother patriot dont be frustrated, at the end of the day the struggle for freedom is a concept that does not belong to anybody. It is an idea, that some people might endorse at some point in time, if they stop. Then some others PATRIOTS will take over. We aint letting go, all hodamoch, weyanes, traitors and interest/benefits hungry worms should be aware of that fact. YOU CANT KILL THE URGE OF ETHIOPIANS TO HAVE A DEMOCRATIC NATION.