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Tadesse Biru Kersmo Acquitted of UK Terrorism Charges

A U.K. court had earlier charged the Ethiopian pro-democracy activist with terrorism offences including for attending a certain “terrorist” training camp in Eritrea

Dr. Tadesse Biru Kersmo, a member of the Ethiopian opposition movement Patriotic Ginbot 7, has been acquitted of all charges of terrorism by a UK court.

BY BINDMANS

A member of an Ethiopian opposition movement banned by the Ethiopian regime has been acquitted of all charges of terrorism following a three week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Tadesse Kersmo is a member of Ginbot 7 (now Patriotic Ginbot 7), set up after the 2005 elections when all those who won seats for the opposition were not allowed to take up their seats. Continue reading Tadesse Biru Kersmo Acquitted of UK Terrorism Charges

ONLF and Ginbot 7 Issued Joint Statement

BY OGADEN NEWS AGENCY

Delegates from Patriotic Ginbot 7 and ONLF met in Frankfurt, Germany from 15 – 17 May 2017.  The delegates held a through discussion and assessment of the prevailing political, economic, and social conditions in Ethiopia and the crimes being committed by the TPLF/EPRDF dictatorial regime against the Ethiopian people. Continue reading ONLF and Ginbot 7 Issued Joint Statement

Ethiopia’s Peaceful Uprising is Evolving into an Armed Resistance

By making peaceful and democratic changes impossible, the regime in Ethiopia makes violent revolution almost inevitable.

Peaceful uprising or armed resistance? The choice is the regimes’.

By Alem Mamo,

As the world ushers in the new year, Ethiopia’s political, economic and security situation is entering a new and dangerous phase. The peaceful and popular uprising that swept the country in 2016 is gradually transforming itself into a well-organized armed resistance in various parts of the country.

The government belligerence and refusal to respond to the popular demand of citizens and engage in a genuine, inclusive and meaningful dialogue with opposition political forces and find a workable solution to the political stalemate is forcing many groups, concerned citizens and peaceful activists to re-evaluate their non-violence strategy. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Peaceful Uprising is Evolving into an Armed Resistance

European Union MP, Amnesty International Denounce Arrest of Merara Gudina

By making peaceful and democratic change impossible, the Ethiopian regime makes violent revolution almost inevitable.

Ethiopia’s prominent Oromo opposition leader, Merara Gudina, has been detained after he returned from Europe addressing the European parliament on the situation of human rights in Ethiopia. Reason: He violated the country’s state of emergency by having contact with “terrorist” and “anti-peace” groups.

By ESAT News,

A member of the European Union Parliament and Amnesty International today denounced the arrest on Wednesday of Dr. Merara Gudina, an opposition political figure. Dr. Gudina was jailed upon his return from Europe, where he testified at the European Parliament criticizing the Ethiopian regime.

A long time advocate for human rights in Ethiopia and a member of the European Union Parliament, MEP Ana Gomes, expressed her outrage against the arrest of Dr. Gudina. Continue reading European Union MP, Amnesty International Denounce Arrest of Merara Gudina

People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD): The Long Anticipated Alliance

PAFD is a united political alliance for freedom and democracy formed to free the most oppressed peoples in Ethiopia. The five political organizations representing PAFD are: the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), the Gambela People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF).

By Ali Yare,

The creation of the People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy is remarkably going to change the Horn of Africa’s politic prospective. The PAFD which represents 70% of the Ethiopian’s population has done what was needed to be done long time ago, and that was the formation of this heavy weight organization.

The agreement reached by the PAFD members to unite their efforts and energy against the barbaric Woyane regime in Addis Ababa was and is, in my opinion, the most important thing that the people of Ogaden, the Oromo, the Sidamo, the Benshigul and the Gambella have done so far. I believe that the establishment of this alliance has been long overdue, having said that though the alliance missed an opportunity for not forming a united front alliance long time ago, but no time is more important than today. It is never too late to execute an important task and I am glad that this is what the PADF organization is doing now. Continue reading People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD): The Long Anticipated Alliance

Patriotic Ginbot 7 Claims Responsibility for Southern Ethiopia Attack

Ethiopian armed opposition group Patriotic Ginbot 7 took responsibility for the surprise attack in Arba Minch that killed over 20 regime soldiers.

By ESAT News,

Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy on Thursday took responsibility for the attack in Arba Minch, Southern Ethiopia against the regime’s forces that resulted in the death of over 20 soldiers and inflicted serious injuries to at least 50.

In a statement it sent to the Ethiopian Satellite Television ESAT, the armed group opposing the regime in Addis Ababa said its forces in Southern Ethiopia had carried out the guerrilla style attack between May 7 and 11, 2016. Continue reading Patriotic Ginbot 7 Claims Responsibility for Southern Ethiopia Attack