Freedom of speech and mass rallies are lawful in a democratic system
of government Attempting to topple an elected government via
Anarchy is not.
When in 2005 CUD (a legal opposition) called for mass rally at Meskel
Adebabay, it was appropriate; as was also the one subsequently
countered by EPRDF at the same venue. However, as the election tally
began to come in, and it was becoming obvious that CUD had lost the
national election outside of Addis Ababa, the picture began turning
ugly. The disappointment of CUD and their vocal partners in the
Diaspora was overwhelming. At that point, Plan “A” (legal) was pitched,
and Plan “B” (illegal) was launched by CUD with Ana Gomes as their
“chief” spokes person.
EPRDF, the clear winner, was likewise as determined, perhaps more so,
to protect what was theirs (the victory). Subsequently, the DERG
Clones and their DERG leader Eng. Hailu Shawel were tried and
convicted for their crimes against the Ethiopian people; pending
sentencing on July 2, 2007. At that point, justice would have been
served. Political post-sentencing lobbying for “pardon” from PM Meles
would be appropriate. Thus, the horse would clearly have been before
the cart; and not the other way around.
We are all reading the same accounts concerning “pardons”, imagined
or otherwise, from many quarters; except from the Government of
Ethiopia! Vocal Diaspora CUD/DERG Clones are already celebrating
their victory! What’s up? Is DERG about to be resuscitated? I
suppose we will soon find out.
If the rumors turn out to be right, it will be a sad day for the
Ethiopian Constitution. Thus a dangerous precedence may be on the
verge of being established.
I have to admit that my confidence in EPRDF and PM Meles may be
shaken after this, if the outrageous rumors that are floating around
turn out to be true.