Ethiopia:Gov’t Forces Arrested 5 People Including Eskinder Nega and Andualem Aragie

Two fierce critics of Ethiopia’s ruling party have joined a growing list of government opponents detained in recent days under a new anti-terrorism law. The latest to be arrested are a journalist and a rising star in opposition politics.

Ethiopian federal police detained five people Wednesday in an ongoing roundup of terrorism suspects. Among them were Andualem Aragie, the youngest executive committee member of the main opposition bloc Medrek, and independent internet journalist Eskinder Nega.

Both men have been outspoken critics of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Party, which has ruled the country since seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1991. Both were among 130 journalists and political activists convicted of treason and sentenced to life in prison following the disputed 2005 elections. All were later pardoned.

Watch ETV News on the arrest below

Eskinder-Nega-and-Andualem-Aragie-arrestedGovernment spokesman Shimeles Kemal says both Andualem  and Eskinder are accused of involvement with Ginbot 7, an outlawed party led by Berhanu Nega, who was elected mayor of Addis Ababa in 2005 but never took office and now lives in exile in the United States. “Eskinder Nega and Andualem Aragie were arrested for conspiring with terrorist organizations such as Ginbot 7 and other foreign forces who wanted to wreak havoc in the country through their terrorist activities,” he said.

See Also:  Ethnic Clashes Kill 44 Displaced 70,000 in Restive Western Ethiopia

Eskinder and Andualem are the latest of several high-profile opposition politicians and journalists arrested over the past few weeks under a recently enacted anti-terrorism law.

Popular actor Debebe Eshetu, who was the face of the opposition in 2005 election campaign ads, was picked up last week.   Debebe was also among those jailed following the election and pardoned.

Two top leaders of parties representing Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromos, were also jailed after meeting delegates of the human rights group Amnesty International. The Amnesty representatives were expelled from the country.

In addition five journalists have also been charged under the new law, including two Swedes captured while travelling with rebels in the restive Ogaden region, and a US-based Ethiopian internet journalist who was charged in absentia.

Eskinder and Andualem have been particularly outspoken in their criticisms of the ruling party.  In his latest internet post, Eskinder ridicules the terrorism charges against the actor Debebe Eshetu, describing him as a frail man in his mid-60s, the antithesis of the profile of a terrorist.

At an opposition news conference called last Friday, Andualem had alleged that the terrorism charges againts previous detainees  had been fabricated by a government worried that it is losing its 20-year grip on power.  “So long as you are not cooperating with the regime, then you will be labeled as terrorist the next morning. Beginning with the 2005 elections, this regime has very well understood it will never win the hearts and minds of the Ethiopian people so the solution they are left with is fabricating lies and jailing everyone they think is opposing them,” he said.

See Also:  Ethiopia: New Passenger Terminal Partially Commence Operation

Government spokesman Shimeles denied there was any connection between the arrests and the suspects’ professional activities. He told VOA the charges against the suspects involve a plot to violently overthrow the government.

“Ethiopia doesn’t espouse a policy that would prosecute people who advocate dissent, who would criticize the official positions and no one would be prosecuted for holding an opposition view. This has nothing to do with their personal political views. They are being arrested for plotting and conspiring to carry out and to launch terrorist attacks throughout the country,” he said.

Government spokesman Shimeles declined to describe the nature of the terrorist plot the suspects are accused of involvement in. He said details would be divulged only after prosecutors complete their investigation of the case.

Source: VOA

Related Video

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJw7M6FvQ10

Recommended For You

1 Comment

  1. ከተማሪው እንቅስቃሴ ጀምሮ እንደነ ኢሕአፓ , መኢሶን , ወያኔ , ኢሕአድግ , ኦነግ የመሳሰሉት , ዳግማዊ ዐጤ ምኒልክንና ነፍጠኛ ወታደሮቻቸውን , ደቡብ ኢትዮጵያን በሚመለክት , ተስፋፊ ቅኝ ገዢ , የሰው አገር ወራሪ እያሉ ሲጠሩ ከርመው ይኼው አሁን አንቀሥ 39 የመገንጠል መብት ላይ ደርሰናል . ምኒልክ ደሞ ጥንታዊ ግዛቴን ነው ያስመለስኩት ብለው ነግረውናል .

    ምኒልክ ተነኩ ማለት ቤት ተነካ ማለት ሰለሆነ ይረብሸኛል . ታዲያ በዚሁ ምክንያት ሐቁን ፍለጋ ተሰማርቼ ከገለልተኛ የዓይን ምሥክሮች ያጠናቀርኩትን ዘገባ ለእያንዳንዱ ኢትዮጵያዊ አቀርባለው . መረጃውን ያገኘሁባቸውን መጣሕፍታት ቅንፍ ውስጥ ይመልከቱ .

    ከኦሮሞ ልጀምር –

    1. እነዚህ ጋሎች ከአቢሲኒያ ችግሮች አንዱ ናችው . አገሪትዋን በ 16ኛው ክ /ዘመን ከየት እንደመጡ ሳይታውቅ በጥሰው ገብተው ቦታወችን በሚገባ ተቆጣጥረው በከፍተኛ ሁኔታ የዘውዱን አገር እናወጡት . በተለይ የንጉሡ እናት ሆን ብላ ልጅዋን ንጉሡን በ 18ኛው ክ /ዘመን ለጋላ ከዳረችው ጀምሮ የጋላ መላ ብልሹ በነበረው ፖለቲካ ሥርዐት ውስጥ ገብቶ ሁኔታዎች እንዲባባሱ አደረገ .

    ጋላ የሚባለው ቃል ጋልኛ ሲሆን ትርጉሙም “ወራሪ ‘ ማለት ነው ይባላል . እስላሞች ደሞ ሌላ ትርጉም ይሰጡታል . ትርጉሙ “እምቢ አለ ” በዐረብኛ ነው (“ጋ ላ “).

    መሐመድ ለጋሎች አለቃ ሰው ልኮ እስልምናን ተቀበል ቢለው , አለቃው እምቢ ቢለው “ካሁን በኅዋላ የገብረኤልን ጥሪ አልቀበል ስላለ ዘርማ ዘሩ “ጋ ላ ” መጠሪያው ይሁን ብሎ ተናገረ ይላሉ እስላሞቹ .

    እነዚህ ጋሎችን ከሙሮች ጋር ማዛመድ ትልቅ ስህተት ነው . ሙሉ ለሙሉ የተለያዩ ዘሮች ናቸው .
    (Views in Central Abyssinia, Sophie F. F. Veitch, 1868).

    2. ጋሎች እንደ ማንኛውም ራሱን የቻለ ኩሩ ሕዝብ ሲሆኑ ራሳቸውን “ኦርማ ” ብለው ይጠራሉ . ግለሰቦቻቸውን “ኢልም ኦርማ ” ብለው ይጠሩታል (ከዐረብኛው “ኢብን ኤል ናስ ” ጋር ይዛመድ ይሆን ?) ቅዋንቅዋቸዎን ደግሞ “አፋን ኦርማ ” ብለው ይጠሩታል . (Philological Society (Great Britain)., Philological Society (Great Britain), Louis Loewe 1846)

    ኦርማ የሚለውን ቃል ሳጣራ ደቡብ ምሥራቅ ኬንያ ጣና ወንዝ አካባቢ የሚገኝ ጎሣ አገኘው . የኦሮሞ መነሻው መሆን አለበት ( አባ ጦቢያ ).

    3. ጋሎች ከጊኒዬ መጥተው የሚቀጥሉትን የአቢሲኒያ ግዛቶች ይወራሉ , ያስገብራሉ .
    ግድማ , አንጎታ , ዳውራ , ፈጣገር , ወይድ , ኢፋር , ጉራጌ , ጋንዝ , ኮንት , ዳሞታ , ዋልቃ , ቢዛማ , ሸዋ እና ባሊ
    (Ancient and Modern History and Geography, Jean B. D’ Audiffret, 1694).

    እነዚህ ከላይ የተጠቀሱትን ሥፍራዎች ጥንታዊ ካርታ ላይ ፈልገው (ኢንተርኔት ) ያግኙና ይሁኑ ካርታ ላይ ያስቀምጡ .

    ስለ ኦጋዴን ደሞ እናውራ

    ኦጋዴን ብዙም ሰው ብዙም ትላልቅ ከተማዎች የሌሉባት ስትሆን በ 16ኛው ክ /ዘመን ነዎሪ የነበሩትን ጋሎች የገፈተሩ ከብት አርቢር ዘላን ሶማሊኛ ተናጋሮዎች ይኖሩባታል .(Encyclopedia Britannica).

    ስለ አምሐራ (አማራ ) እናውጋ

    አንጡራው አምሐራ በአምሐራ ስም የሚጠራው ተራራውማና ደቡብ ምሥራቅ የሚገኘው ክ /ሀገር ነው .
    እዚህ ግዛት መሐል ጥንታዊው የዘውዱ ዋና ከተማና የአቢሲኒያ የሥልጣኔ ማእከል የነበረችው ተጉለት ትገኛለች . በአሁኑ ስዓት አረመኔ በሆኑትር ድፍን ደቡብ ሐበሻን በወረሩት በአረሜነዎቹ በጋሎች ሥር ትገኛለች . (Researches into the physical history of mankind, Volume 2, James Cowles Prichard, 1837).

    አሁን ደግሞ ቴዎድሮስ የኢትዮጵያውን ዘማቻ ሊጀምር ሲል ለውዳጁ ለፕላውዴን የተናገረውን እናዳምጥ

    በመጀመሪያ የክርስቲያኑን መሬት የነጠቁትን , ቤት ክርስቲያንን ያወደሙትን , ነባር ነዋሪውን በግድ ያሰለሙትን ጋሎች አንክቼ እጥላለሁኝ . ለጥቆ , እስላም ወይ ይጠመቃል , ወይ አገር ለቆ ይወጣል (Travels in Abyssinia and the Galla Country. An account of a mission to Ras Ali in 1848, from the Mss of the late Waltee Chichele Plowden, her Britannic consul in Abyssinia, edited by his brother Teevoe Chichele Plowden. London, Longmans, Geen, and Co. 1868).

    ቴዎድሮስና ምኒልክ ቱርክና ጋላ እየተፈራረቁ በጉልበት የነጠቅዋቸውን መሬት ባለው ሁሉ ተጠቅመው ቢያስመልሱ እነ ወያኔ , እነ ኢሕአድግ , እነ ኦነግ , እነ ኢሕአፓና መኢሶን በውሽት አንዴ ነፍጠኛ አንዴ ውራሪ እያሉ ስማቸውን አጥፍተው አጥፍተው ይኄው አሁን አንቀስ 39 ላይ ደርሰናል .

    ሌላው ውሸት ጋላ የሚባለው ቃል የራሱው የጋላው ሲሆን አማራ ለሰው መናቂያ ያወጣው ነው ተብሎ ደርግ በሕግ መሻሩ ነው .

    ስለዚህ ይሄንን ያነበብክ ሁሉ የቴዎድሮስ ደቀ መዝሙር የምኒልክ የደቡብ ዝመቻ ልክ ነውና አንገትህን ቀና አድርገህ አንቀስ 39ን በመጀመሪያ በሕጋዊ መንገድ ሊሠረዝ የሚችልበትን ካልሆነም አንጡራ ንብረትህን የምትጠብቅበትን አማራ ጋላ ሳትል አንድነት ፍጠር .

    ሌላ ምንም ጉዳይ የለም ይሄንን ጀምረህ ሳታገባድድ .

    እኔ ነኝናናናናናናናናና !

    አባ ጦቢያ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.