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By LJDemissieDecember 16, 2020
“A thing is funny when—in some way that is not actually offensive or frightening—it upsets the established order. Every joke is a tiny revolution. If you had to define humour in a single phrase, you might define it as dignity sitting on a tin-tack. Whatever destroys dignity, and brings down the mighty from their seats, preferably with a bump, is funny. And the bigger the fall, the bigger the joke.”
“The passage above is from the text reprinted in volume three of “George Orwell: The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters”. (quoteinvestigator, Each Joke Is a Tiny Revolution).
Creator’s Word: I’m an ardent supporter of press freedom. I’m conscious that Addis Normal’s editor, Medihane Ekubamichael, was arrested by the Ethiopian police. After I heard the information about his arrest, I had compassion for him, although I didn’t have the details in regards to the legal guidelines he allegedly violated. Stating my consciousness and emotions about his arrest, on this article, is an effort to carry his imprisonment to the limelight. And likewise to demand he ought to obtain a good trial!
This text is a reply to Addis Normal’s editor in chief, Tsedale Lemma, article (the New York Occasions, November 11, 2020,“What’s Happening in Ethiopia Is aTragedy”https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/opinion/ethiopia-tigray-abiy-ahmed.html).
Though Lemma, in her opinion, rightly expressed what is occurring in Ethiopia is a tragedy, her misleading views are formed together with her ethnic based mostly political motivation and her social wants which outmoded her want to hunt for “journalistic truth”, which is her first obligation if she is knowledgeable journalist.
An Ethiopian reader of her article, one who attentively follows Ethiopians’ present affairs and has an goal understanding of Ethiopians’ historical past, cultures and politics, would simply acknowledge a number of issues about her identification, persona and loyalty in her opinions, together with: She is proud to be an Ethiopian if the TPLF’s overwhelmed, ruthless tyrants management the Ethiopian authorities energy. She is prouder in her ethnical (Tigrayan) identification than her nationwide (Ethiopian) identification if Tigray stays a police state of the now out of date TPLF’s authoritarians. She is proudest in her political identification with the outmoded TPLF’s apartheid insurance policies than her Ethiopian, Tigrayan or journalistic identification.
She made it too apparent for her article’s readers that her loyalty isn’t for Ethiopia, Tigray or journalism; it’s for the TPLF’s apartheid insurance policies. As an example, she makes use of her information web site to advertise the defunct TPLF’s divide-families-federalism that to divide and rule Ethiopians alongside ethnic line or to dismantle Ethiopia. She is poor in rationality and fairly dangerous at discovering “journalistic truth” as a result of she let her reasoning change into influenced by the TPLF’s ethnic politics – which is designed to divide and conquer Ethiopians amongst their 80+ languages and their corresponding dialects. Let describe the TPLF’s ethnic politics with a state of affairs, say a baby was born from Ethiopian dad and mom who got here from two ethnic teams; for instance:
A Bale Oromo father who speaks his area’s Afaan Oromo and Amharic of the Shewa area
An Amhara mom who speaks Amharic and Tigrinya of one of many Gonder’s areas
The kid speaks Amharic of the Shewa area and English with an American accent
The kid’s ancestries could possibly be traced, clearly, to numerous ethnic teams throughout Africa, together with Ethiopia and the Center East
When the kid applies for an ID card or a passport, the kid could be required to be categorized as an Oromo, as a result of the kid’s father is an Oromo.
Jim Fussell, Stop Genocide Worldwide, on his article titled “Group Classification on National ID Cards as a Factor in Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing” articulated that “In his 1996 book Ethnic Cleansing, Andrew Bell-Fialkoff locates genocide and ethnic cleansing within a continuum of eliminationist population policies, offering the following as a definition of population cleansing”
“Population cleansing is a planned, deliberate removal from a certain territory of an undesirable population distinguished by one or more characteristics such as ethnicity, religion, race, class, or sexual preference. These characteristics must serve as the basis for removal for it to qualify as cleansing.”
Did PM Abiy overreach?
Lemma claimed that “… Mr. Abiy overreached. His first cardinal mistake was to sideline the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, for decades the most powerful political force in the country, in the peace he brokered between Ethiopia and Eritrea.”
The actual fact is Abiy didn’t overreach. He didn’t sideline the TPLF’s ruling class. He executed what the abolished EPRDF’s govt committee, which was led by the TPLF’s butchers, determined lengthy earlier than he turned prime minster of Ethiopia in 2018. He broke a impasse and accepted a global arbitration fee ruling in favor of Eritrea in 2002 and signed a peace settlement with the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (The Nobel Prize, Abiy Ahmed Ali Details).
Relating to communications shut down in Tigray
Lemma stated that “As fighting raged [in Tigray], the internet and telephone networks have been shut down [in Tigray].”
She made it seem that Abiy ordered the blackout in Tigray. However Ethio telecom disclosed a video footage taken from safety cameras that reveals masked intruders disconnecting a community (Ethio Telecom(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC_UPwkoX8) , CCTV cameras video footage and LJDemissie, Reuters’ Pretend Information).
Is Ethiopia on the sting of civil struggle?
Lemma said that “Ethiopia stands on the cusp of civil war, bringing devastation to both the country and the wider region. While the situation is volatile and uncertain, this much is clear: Mr. Abiy’s political project, to bring together the nation in a process of democratization, is over. And much of the blame must be laid at his door.”
Her farfetched concern – “Ethiopia stands on the cusp of civil war” – is the voided TPLF’s demagogues and their pawns the likes of Lemma’s rhetoric. To clarify, when the TPLF’s treacherous tyrants lose their grip on energy, they deliberate to set off a civil struggle amongst Ethiopia’s ethnic teams with a view to dismantle Ethiopia; and in flip, to destabilize the Horn of Africa area, hoping that can give them a golden alternative to regulate Ethiopia.
Her allegation that “… a lot of the blame [for Ethiopian Tragic situations] have to be laid at his [Abiy’s] door is appropriate, in principle.
To clarify, after Abiy took workplace, he ought to have delivered to justice the TPLF’s criminals – as a substitute of making an attempt to sacrifice justice beneath a pretext of nationwide reconciliations and transitional justice. This act might have saved tens of hundreds of lives, a big quantity of assets and a excessive alternative price of partaking to implement the rule of regulation.
However in hindsight, Abiy’s willingness to sacrifice justice for the sake of nationwide reconciliations, peace and stability paid off as a result of the butchers and their pawns fell into their very own entice. That created a better prospect for Ethiopians to be united by the blood of the Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Drive, the Amhara area militias’ and people harmless civilians the TPLF’s Particular Forces slaughtered, together with with machetes, amongst different locations, in Mai-Kadra western Tigray.
Lemma is a misleading journalist
The reality is Lemma has to take some accountability for Ethiopians, significantly Tigrayans’ subjugations by the TPLF’s demagogues within the final thirty years. As a consequence of her political curiosity with the TPLF’s tyrants she turned a blind eye to the crimes in opposition to humanity that the TPLF’s fascists dedicated in opposition to, amongst others, Tigreans. For instance: utilizing her information web site, she by no means let the world know the Tigrayans’ commoners’ horrifying conditions beneath the TPLF’s juntas.
She ignored the actual fact in regards to the juntas’ jail holes dug down throughout Tigray’s mountains. She uncared for to let the world know the TPLF’s despots used to execute their teenage guerrilla fighters for having consensual heterosexual relationship. She did not act as champion preventing for the liberty of her folks, the Tigrean folks, whom she appeared to defend.
The actual fact is, after Abiy assumed energy, Ethiopians apart from Tigrayans have entry for unbiased sources of data; Tigrayans solely supply of data was the TPLF’s media as a result of the TPLF banned different sources of data. The TPLF’s tyrants additionally made it unlawful to talk, write and/or protest in opposition to the TPLF’s ruling class. Furthermore, it was virtually unimaginable for opposition events to advertise their agendas in Tigray.
The TPLF’s illegitimate election
Within the September 09, 2020, unlawful regional election the TPLF held, Lemma’s information web site, Addis Normal, reported: “Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ruling party of Tigray regional state, has won 98.2% of the vote for the regional parliament, taking all 152 seats.”(https://addisstandard.com/news-tplf-wins-regional-election-by-landslide/)
Lemma solely reported there was an election in Tigray, with out addressing the election’s nature that whether or not it was authorized, democratic and clear. She didn’t query how a celebration might win 98.2% of the vote. This proof reveals she isn’t a journalist that seeks “journalistic truth”.
Moreover, Lemma primarily makes use of her information web site to cover the TPLF’s rulers’ treachery and cruelty. For instance, she by no means delivered to mild the tortures, disappearances and further judicial executions of Tigrayans who lives in Tigray. She by no means talked about the TPLF’s rulers’ savagery was extra “pervasive and widespread problems” in Tigray than another states in Ethiopia.
She by no means let her readers pay attention to that the TPLF’s torturer kingpins torture each a part of a prisoner’s physique. As an example, the TPLF’s ruthless safety head Getachew Assefa is infamous for, amongst different issues, butchering feminine prisoners’ vulva: the labia minora and majora, opening of the urethra, clitoris and vagina with pliers. He tormented males’: penises, scrotums and testicles with numerous objects, together with pliers and destroyed prisoners’ manhood associated to their sexual energy” (LJDemissie -https://ecadforum.com/2018/12/16/tigrayan-people/) , article, December 16, 2018).
Giving an in depth description of how the TPLF’s torturers tortured Engineer Endale Abebe, who’s an Oromo Ethiopian, throughout their prisons, together with in Tigray, will make readers “feel queasy and uncomfortable”. To make some extent, I paraphrased just a few of his horrifying experiences. Abebe who seems to be in his 30s stated that:
He was imprisoned for 4 years in a foxhole in Tigray
He wears a diaper as a result of he has been made unable to regulate his bowel actions by the TPLF’s torturers; they shoved a police black baton in his rectum by way of his anus
His TPLF’s torturers left an executed prisoner’s corpse decomposing subsequent to him whereas they imprisoned him in a foxhole. Their intention was to torture him bodily and psychologically with “the stench of putrefaction” of the lifeless physique
“Generations of maggots” from a prisoner’s corpse crawled on his physique(https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1782&v=rPxhGPS1tJI&characteristic=youtu.be . )In different phrases, he was made to reside with each second of the lifeless physique’s decomposition phases.
Word: relying on the surroundings, a corpse’s flesh might decompose [eaten by maggots and switch into soil inside 5 days (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9twFI210maw) (“Deer Turns to Dust Before My Eyes”)] to fifty days (Australian Museum(https://australian.museum/), “Stages of decomposition”)
His crime was saying the late PM Meles Zenawi’s parliament was illiterate, after noting some parliament members used their thumbprint as their signature as a result of they didn’t know the best way to signal their identify. Word: “Legally, a signature is just a way to say “Yes, I have read and understand this””
I take Abebe’s phrase actually as a result of I do know a torture sufferer (I bear in mind his first identify was Sisay) whose cellmates needed to transfer him out from their cell and lie him down at a hall of a makeshift jail as a result of they couldn’t endure the stench of his untreated tortures wounds. I met him; I noticed him unable to regulate his physique stability when he walked. Since his toes and toes had been irreparably broken by his untreated torture wounds, when he walks, he loses his stability as a result of his physique components: head, neck, torso and hips thrust him ahead.
Sisay was made to undergo throughout Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam’s bloody Pink Terror marketing campaign on the Increased-15 makeshift detention middle in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I heard he was launched after about 5 years of imprisonment; he graduated from a college in Ethiopia, and he had a profitable life. I’m grateful for not witnessing his sufferings.
To conclude, Ethiopians, together with Tigrayans despised and rejected the now voided TPLF’s demagogues, amongst different issues, for his or her apartheid coverage and viciousness lengthy earlier than they misplaced their dominance in all features of Ethiopians’ affairs.
I argue that Ethiopians, together with Tigrayans would “spare no privileges of respect even in death” to the TPLF’s overwhelmed butchers’ lifeless our bodies. If Ethiopians could be given a chance just like an Italian crowd that was gathered in Piazza Loreto in Milan, Italy in April 29, 1945, I believe they’d deal with the butchers’ corpse just like the Italian crowd handled Benito Mussolini and his fascist henchmen’s lifeless our bodies. If I’m given that chance, I might throw Kitfo and Kurt-Siga on the TPLF’s tremendous grasping, day-hyenas lifeless our bodies.
The Guardian(https://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/Story/0,,127794,00.html), April 1945, “It is interesting to see the hate, the fury of those around Mussolini. People spit upon the body, but that is only a continuation of the justice he should have suffered. He died too quickly. “One woman shot five times into the body saying: ‘Five shots for my five assassinated sons.’ All approve and want more. They want the bodies to stay there for six months, and that is not enough. Never has so much hate, rancour, and thirst for vengeance been seen. This is justice. This is a good example and it will be followed by others.”
Lastly, I respect the Addis Normal’s chief editor’s freedom of speech. Until I began enhancing this text and examined her postings on her information web site, I by no means suspected that she has been loyally serving the TPLF’s grasping juntas as their mass media.
I devoted this text to Engineer Endale Abebe, to indicate him my compassion for his sufferings within the arms of the TPLF’s merciless, grasping juntas. Endale, my brother, your sufferings are past my wildest creativeness as a result of I’ve listened to so many victims of torture tales since I used to be sixteen-year-old. Nonetheless, I’ve by no means heard a torture survivor saying he/she was made to stick with an executed prisoner’s physique and take care of the corpse’s putrefaction.
I heard Kefelegn Alemu Worku, one of many Increased-15’s make shift detention middle executioners ordered a detainee to lick together with his tongue executed detainees’ bloods off the ground of the interrogation/execution room as Alemu walked detainees to an execution area. The prisoner didn’t lick the bloods, however with different detainees, mopped the bloods off the ground with …
To be taught extra about Abebe’s sufferings, contemplate watching his Amharic interviews on Haleta TV (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc69uGTnuRkcVRnw1wxXmXw) ሀሌታ ቲቪ and Kefyalew Tufa’s(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWaRGKH15fEX3pB7_nHY3CA) YouTube Channels. And see what you are able to do for him to assist him out.
The photographs used on this article are obtained from Google’s Photographs; to reinforce the article’s contents, they’re altered.
This text was drafted on the finish of the second week of November 2020 and completed the third week of December 2020. The author, LJDemissie, will be reached at LJDemissie@yahoo.com.
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