By Robele Ababya,
I HAD the privilege to watch, with tears choking my eyes, the stunning demonstration, in front of the EU Headquarters, by heroic Ethiopians that shut a busy street in Brussels. Ethiopians converging in a display of colorful unity from all over Europe and probably beyond made history by their unique act of patriotism.
The mammoth demonstration was no doubt necessitated by the complete denial of fundamental freedom of expression and gross violations of human rights by the brutal TPLF regime in Ethiopia during its dictatorial rule of the last 23 years and counting. These heinous crimes of the ruling regime are well recorded by respectable international organizations – and even by those powers in the Western industrialized democracies such as the United Kingdom and the United States that nevertheless keep the genocidal regime afloat with generous all round support including military, security, and direct financial assistance at the expense of the taxpayers of their citizens.
It was inspiring to watch our brave Ethiopians young and old holding the beautiful true flag colored Green, Yellow, and Red without the eye-soar satanic epigram. It was enlightening to hear the hard-hitting powerful slogan “One country Ethiopia; one people Ethiopians” voiced by the enthusiastic protesters.
It was glorifying to see the demonstrators demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, journalists and bloggers calling the names of the victimized heroes and heroines.