Tigrai Online, Oct. 7, 2014
Washington DC,: In a peaceful demonstration today in front of the State Department, Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans residing in Washington DC and its metropolitan area express their support for the excellent and strong relations that exist between Ethiopia and the United States of America. Through a statement read at the demonstration, they wish to contribute to strengthen and deepen this relationship by serving as a bridge between the governments and peoples of the two countries with a view of making the relationship all rounded and grounded on a solid basis.
Furthermore, they also support the remarkable progress that their home country Ethiopia is making in all fields. Most of all, they support for the peace and stability that Ethiopia has been able to achieve within itself, as well as its great contribution and its efforts to attain peace and stability in a region. They took this opportunity to once again express their satisfaction on the excellent cooperation that exists between the two countries in the areas of regional peace and security.
On the other hand, they express their dissatisfaction on the activities of few extremist elements in the Ethiopian Diaspora, who are unhappy about the excellent relations between the two countries and bent on derailing them by any means at their disposal, including through illegal and violent means. In this connection, they raise their disappointments and reflect their grave concerns on the actions of a group of people who stormed the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington DC on September 29, 2014 and brought down the Ethiopian flag and threatened the personal security of its Diplomats and employees.
In this demonstration, they raise the following major concerns:
Therefore, as citizens and residents of this great nation, they request:
Ethiopians demonstrate in front of the State Department in Washington DC against the lawlessness which took place at the Ethiopian Embassy grounds. Members of Ginbot-7 and supports of ESAT TV stomped the Ethiopian flag. They intimidated, insulted and chased some of the embassy staff who were trying to reason with them. Now Ethiopians all over America are saying enough is enough.