Spectrum | Sep. 22 2:27 pm EST
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Live from the Zenawi protest—and counterprotest

As protesters line Broadway to protest controversial WLF speaker Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, we bring you the scene. Videos below, and more photos after the jump as they come in.

UPDATE: According to news reporter Finn Vigeland, there are about 200 people in front of Morton Williams and Pinnacle chanting, yelling, blowing horns, playing African drums, holding signs, and waving Ethiopian flags. NYPD has restrained them within blue police barricades.

UPDATE (2:40): Important to note that there are two sides to this—and from what we’re hearing, the crowd supporting Zenawi is larger, louder, and appears to be better-organized. Videos of both groups coming in a moment.

UPDATE (4:14): Both masses of protesters have grown in size, and it’s no longer true that the pro-Zenawi group outnumbers the anti-Zenawi group—if anything, the throng of people protesting Zenawi is slightly larger. The din from the two protests can be heard from College Walk.

Below, the anti-Zenawi crowd, north of 115 St. in front of Morton Williams.

And the crowd in support, south of 115th St. by Pinnacle:

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COMMENTS (128)

  1. Anonymous • September 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm • Reply

    “Restrained” is a bit of an odd word choice. All protests have to file for permits with the city (hence all the policemen on duty here), and they always set up these barriers for sidewalk protests.

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  2. Alamerew • September 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm • Reply

    Great Spectators.
    This a real student medium.
    Zenawi should be banned for good.

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    • Ethiopia • September 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm • Reply

      I think Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs they let the Democratic PM Meles have the forum as a key note speaker of Colombia University as a favor.

      Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs your snub of the crimes of the Democratic PM Meles is amazing. I wonder how much he will pay you for your favors when that day comes and you become his consultants to help him keep cooking his economic data?

      Dear Columbia University students take a look at http://www.ethiopiantragedy.com and figure out what you would learn from the Democratic PM Meles credentials and experience those that qualified him as a favorite of Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs.

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    • Tewodros Melchsadic • September 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm • Reply

      QS World University Rankings Results 2010 Colombia University rated #11 for the last two years, and # 10 in 2008. Beyond that it is a different story, in 2005 CU rated #20 to me it is a miracle of same sort, within five years to register ten notches , I believe Colombia gat some kind of abracadabra or a rabbit foot in side the left hand, while the rest of them sleeping under spill. 2005, Colombia U. and pm melles of Ethiopia have a lot in common; conceder the achievement. Melles after the election, He become openly butcher in front of the world media. Courtesy of YouTube we witness the hundreds of young African kids slaughtered by raciest Tigris nationalist led by pm Melles and his ranking according to the brutality index went from, “he is one of the fevered young Africa democrats according to world leaders like Tony Blair, George Bush and so on.” – To merciless killer of innocent by- stander kids and the incarcerations of the opposition by tens of thousands openly in day light in front of the EU Parliament observers. Since then he clam 99.6 % vote as well as the high percentage economic growth similar to the number Cu achieved since 2005 .I wonder the co- relation between you to. How you manage to achieve in this short period. Magic numbers, 2005 and # 11.

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  3. jj • September 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm • Reply

    please post more pictures, you are doing great thanks

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  4. Finn • September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm • Reply

    Perhaps using “restrained” as an active verb coming from the NYPD was not quite accurate — but still, they are restrained (voluntarily) within the blue pens, and NYPD is on guard. Police will also not let you stand on the street — you have to keep walking or stay within the barricades.

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  5. Erit_Truth • September 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm • Reply

    Melles Zenawi as head of the TPLF mercenary state has turned out to be the best tool of certain quarters bent to dominate and exploit the Horn region. As such, the protest organized by various Ethiopian civic organizations has the backing of all anti-TPLF groups from the Horn of Africa region.

    More than that, the invitation extended to the PM by Columbia has, to a certain extent, shown the surreptitious hands that have been supporting this apartheid regime. For this, may be we have to thank Columbia for inadvertently staging this event and hope it will be an eye-opener, especially, to those who have so far been misguided to get involved and take the appropriate steps in supporting those who GENUINELY stand for justice, peace and democracy in the troubled Horn region.

    Thanks Columbia Spectrum for a timely coverage.
    Go Ethio demonstrators Go!!

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  6. Abera • September 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm • Reply

    Click on the link for Evidence of atrocities perpetrated by Meles’s regime http://www.abbaymedia.com/Remembering_Victims_of_November_2005.htm

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  7. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm • Reply

    The ethiopians are pouring from all over the US as we speAK, tHE eTHIOPIANS THAT OPPOSE THE PRESENCE OF THIS DICTATOR CAME FROM ALL OVER THE EASTERN SEABOARD AND YOU WILL SEE, HOW THEY OPPOSE

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  8. Bruck • September 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm • Reply

    thx for the update..TPLF will go down soon! Meles is a killer..CU Could do better! how would our American friends feel AAU invited osama binladen? down with meles!

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    • 2disgusted • September 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm • Reply

      bruck Meles has spat in the face of America by visiting with Most Wanted man and fellow genocider Bashir of Sudan. it seems Americans don’t care

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  9. Tefera • September 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm • Reply

    The difference between the two crowds is that Meles’ supporters are either bigot tribalists, sold-out sychophans, and cowardly individuals who are blackmailed that they will lose a property or some interest back in Ethiopia. We know how the deceitful, bloody tyrant works. He will not fool Ethiopians, he may hoodwink the Western media.

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  10. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm • Reply

    it is quiet a shame that the Butcher of Africa, mles Zenawi is a Speaker in this Great school. ethiopians have been fighting for their freedom and these Great ethiopians will be the voice of the ones muzzled in ethiopia. More Ethiopians opposing the tyranical regime of meles will be out in force. The freedom for dignity and human rights will go on .

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  11. hanna3-1 • September 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm • Reply

    I AM PROUD OF THOSE ETHIOPIANS WHOM THEY ARE EXPOSING THE KILLER MELSE. FOR SURE WHO INVITED TO MAKE HIM THIS KILLER DIDNT RECOGNIZE HOW THIS KILLER STUID MELSE IS KILLING OUR PEOPLES AND MAKE IN OUR MOM ETHIOPIA DOWN EVERY MOMENT.
    MY ETHIOPIANS YOU ARE DOING GREAT BERTULGHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
    LOVE YOU ALL ETHIOPINA WHO ARE THERE RIGHT NOW .
    BANDA KILLER WEYANE MINOR GROUPS GO TO HELL SHAME ON YOU.
    Hanna

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  12. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm • Reply

    All of the meles supposedly supporters are a mix of people bought for their undying loyality and people who support meles because of his ethnicity ties with them. shame on those that lie about our ethiopian people and make a mockery of Democracy . Shame on Meles supporters, you are also part of the killing machine

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  13. hanna3-1 • September 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm • Reply

    It is shame to invite killer melse to make speech in NY but what ever the REAL ETHIOPIANS have the chance to expose killer weyane leader weyane to all over the world. This is a good opportunity FOR you ETHIOPIANS ,but shame on them weyane bandas…..
    Our Ethiopians good job bertuleeeennnnnnn
    killer weyane melse down with your killer group i hate you forever go to hell yedafchuuuuuu

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    • Selemon • September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm • Reply

      Hanna- Ethiopia is for Ethiopians. Please go and comment Eritreans related issues!

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      • hanna3-1 • September 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm •

        selemon i am PROUD ETHIOPIAN focus on weyane leave me .Do not have time for u now.

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  14. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm • Reply

    Meles Zenawis Crime Dossier !!

    http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17829

    http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13941

    http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4

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  15. yinesa petros • September 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm • Reply

    Zenawi is a killllllllllllller , Zenawi is murderer ,, Zenawi is a ruthless genocider
    Colombia stop the killer challegne the killer … The Respected colombiya university is not a place for the Devilish Meles
    Zenawi
    down with Meles zenawi
    We need justice freedom democracy …
    Meles go helllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  16. Meles is a killer • September 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm • Reply

    Meles is one of evil person in the world, Shame on you ! NY

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    • Ethiopia • September 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm • Reply

      Yes, Meles is a KILLER!!!

      I think Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs they let the Democratic PM Meles have the forum as a key note speaker of Colombia University as a favor.

      Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs your snub of the crimes of the Democratic PM Meles is amazing. I wonder how much he will pay you for your favors when that day comes and you become his consultants to help him keep cooking his economic data?

      Dear Columbia University students take a look at http://www.ethiopiantragedy.com and figure out what you would learn from the Democratic PM Meles credentials and experience those that qualified him as a favorite of Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs.

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  17. Tefera • September 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm • Reply

    I have heard from friends that A bigger crowd is on its way to Newyork by bus and private cars. It will soon swell to a big crowd

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  18. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm • Reply

    Since Prof. Stiglitz is interested in having a “conversation”, here are a few topics he should ask Zenawi to talk about. How is it that Ethiopia, under his “seasoned” leadership, managed to rank:

    138/159 (most corrupt) countries on the Corruption Index for 2010?
    17 among the most failed states (Somalia is No. 1) on the Failed States Index for 2010.

    136/179 countries (most repressive) on the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.

    107/183 economies for ease of doing business (investment climate) by The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2010?

    37/53 (poorest governance quality) African countries in the 2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

    101/128 countries in 2010 on the Bertelsmann Political and Economic Transformation Index, and

    141/153 (poorest environmental public health and ecosystem vitality) countries in the 2010 Environmental Performance Index.

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  19. Ethiopian • September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm • Reply

    It takes only to be a human being to oppose meles.
    MELES ZENAWI , 15TH WORST DICTATOR IN THE WORLD-WORL REPORT:

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?blog=15&title=ethiopia_s_meles_zenawi_15th_worst_dicta

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  20. Daniel • September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm • Reply

    Meles represents Africa not only Ethiopia. We are very proud of our leader. Why do you thinking Zenawi’s supporters are larger in number? Because that’s what we Ethiopians think of the great Meles Zenawi!!! WE ARE PROUD OF MELES ZENAWI!!!!

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  21. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm • Reply

    can imagine the audience asking these questions:

    Mr. Zenawi, what is the special magical spell you used to win the May 2010 election by 99.6 percent? Answer: “Say ‘abracadabra’ ten times while holding a rabbit’s foot in the left hand at the crack of dawn.”
    When will you stop trashing the human rights of Ethiopian citizens? Answer: “As soon as you tell me when they started having human rights.”

    Why do you lie about double-digit economic growth by using cooked up numbers from your Central Statistics office?[1] Answer: “There are ‘lies and plausible lies’. Our statistics are of the latter variety.”

    Why did you shut down all distance education programs in the country? Answer: “Because education is overrated.”

    Why did you wipe out the private independent media in the country? Answer: “They don’t like me.”

    Do you really believe the Voice of America is the same as Rwanda’s genocide Radio Mille Collines? Answer: “VOA, VOI (Voice of Interhamwe). It all sounds the same to me.”

    What do you think of your critics in the U.S.? Answer: “They are all friggin extremists in the Diaspora. I can’t stand them. Why? Oh! Why don’t they like me?!?”

    Do you believe in the rule of law? Answer: “Yep! I am it.”

    When will you release Birtukan Midekssa, the only woman political party leader in Ethiopian history, from prison? Answer: “‘There will never be an agreement with anybody to release Birtukan. Ever. Full stop. That’s a dead issue.’”

    “If there are no more questions, I am outta here!”

    Just at that moment, I can imagine President Bollinger leaping to his feet with index finger wagging in righteous indignation and proclaiming: “Mr. Prime Minister, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

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  22. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm • Reply

    We are All Ears!

    Let Zenawi speak! Let’s hear what he has to say. Will it be the usual cascade of lies, half-truths, buzzwords, platitudes, clichés and boiler plate economics hokum bunkum? I have no idea. Over the past several days, Stiglitz and crew have been playing the old switcheroo on the topics Zenawi will be talking about. First, they said Zenawi will speak on “Ethiopia and Africa leadership.” They changed that and said he will talk about “the current global economy and its impact”. Now they say he will be talking about “the current global economy and its impact on Africa”. It is not clear what expertise Zenawi has on globalization or what morsels of wisdom he may be able to impart, but Stiglitz should have no problems writing a nice scholarly-sounding speech for Zenawi to read. After all, the “impact of the global economy on Africa” is the snake oil Joe “The Globalizer” Stiglitz has been peddling for the past decade.

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  23. Meles is a killer • September 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm • Reply

    shame on colombia…meles is student killer…he should not have been allowed on colombia grounds…Addis abeba Universite student been killed on street by meles

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    • Ethiopia • September 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm • Reply

      Yes, Meles is a Killer, and hear is the testimony http://www.ethiopiantragedy.com

      I think Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs they let the Democratic PM Meles have the forum as a key note speaker of Colombia University as a favor.

      Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs your snub of the crimes of the Democratic PM Meles is amazing. I wonder how much he will pay you for your favors when that day comes and you become his consultants to help him keep cooking his economic data?

      Dear Columbia University students take a look at http://www.ethiopiantragedy.com and figure out what you would learn from the Democratic PM Meles credentials and experience those that qualified him as a favorite of Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Jefrey Sacs.

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  24. seyoum • September 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm • Reply

    PEOPLE WHO ARE PROTESTING AGAINST MELES ARE 1. Eritreans 2. Somali Al Sabaab sympathisers 3. The previous Ethiopian socialist dicator Mengistu Hailemariam sympathisers!!!!

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    • hanna3-1 • September 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm • Reply

      you stupid hodam weyane seyounm you dont have even one word to talk about this killer melse and his banda members…u both are child killers ,blood seekers. If u think about Ethiopians why dont you let free Hero Birtukan Mideksa???? no confidence at all .You know we Proud Ethiopians will take over you soon dont worry banda hodam huluuuuu
      no more 1 second to killers and hodams.
      shame on you

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  25. ADDISWORK • September 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm • Reply

    Columbia Zenawi is a ruthless genocider What do you learn from a genocider?? shame on you

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  26. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm • Reply

    Daniel,

    Your Killer leader is afraid of one women, Birtukan mideksa and has killed people in broad daylights, where their only sin was for dignity and self representaion. Shame on you for loving a killer. it says a lot about you !!

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  27. Aratkilo • September 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm • Reply

    Seyoum,

    No, they are ethiopians, Pure and Simple. They abhor killers, Thats all. meles is a Killer Dictator !! Face it, the person that you love is a killer !!!

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  28. Mahlet • September 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm • Reply

    Ethiopia under Zenawi- FACT has a double digit economic growth, is the third fastest growing economy in sub-sahara,child mortality rate halved, better education coverage, greater GDP, less corruption, election for the first time in the country’s history!!!! Now TELL WHY ON EARTH AS AN ETHIOPIAN WOULD PROTEST AGAINST HIM??????

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  29. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm • Reply

    Meles is animal,

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  30. Shewangezaw • September 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm • Reply

    GOD BLESS MELES ZENAWI!!! WE ETHIOPIANS ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HIM!!!!

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  31. Enndelbu • September 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm • Reply

    It is amazing Meles Zenawi who killed Ethiopian University students again and again respectfully invited to the great Colombia University. WHAT A SHAME!

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  32. Anonymous • September 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm • Reply

    Thanks for the update, good work and pictures.

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  33. teddy afro • September 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm • Reply

    hahahahahah mr zenawi we’r proud welcome

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  34. Selemon • September 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm • Reply

    Didn’t you guys wonder why Meles’ supporters are larger in number- SIMPLE MAJORITY OF EHTIOPIAN PEOPLE SUPPORT MELES ZENAWI. It’s under his regime that Ethiopia got a certain level of prosperity for the first time!!!!!!!!! INDEED GOD BLESS MELES ZENAWI….GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA!!!!

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    • hanna3-1 • September 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm • Reply

      go to hell banda weyane selemon ok u are hodammmmmmmmmmmmmmm yidfah killer .blood seeker,,,child killer…..

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  35. good hope • September 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm • Reply

    I REALY PROUD BY ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE.”DEATH FOR MELES”.PEACE FOR ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE.
    I SUPORT MY ETHIOPIA.

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  36. tolla • September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm • Reply

    Meles Zenawi represented only his Ethnic group which is 4% of the general Ethiopian population, Ethiopia never ever had racist leader like Meles Zenawi .

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  37. devil meles • September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm • Reply

    Fascism has been defined in various ways at various times. Some scholars don’t even consider fascism as a standalone ideology. These scholars point out that fascism selects elements and rejects certain aspects of every major ideology. These elements vary wildly in terms of coherence, appeal, sources and policy. Thus from conservatism, it borrows reverence for authority but rejects the slow pace of change. It has no respect for religious leaders or traditional elites. From liberalism, it incorporates the idea of social Darwinism to the extreme, to the point of exterminating the weak (remember what happened to the Anuak and to the people of wolkait and tegede as well as Tselemt). Yet it rejects individualism and insists on a racial or national community (Tigray first). From Marxism it incorporates a great deal including single party system and control of all aspects of social, cultural, economic and political life (the concept of EPDRF is an attempt to control other groups by TPLF). The ideal society under fascism is then one that is based on race or nationality.

    Most scholars agree that fascism exhibits the following characteristics.

    • Historically fascism did not come to power in “normal” times and is not voted into power.

    This point needs no explanation. meles came to power by force at a time when the Ethiopian people were discouraged by the dictatorial administration of the Derg.

    • Fascism’s mass social basis comes disproportionately from the lower middle- class (shop-keepers

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  38. Erit_Truth • September 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm • Reply

    Dear Elyee, thanks for the pics, however we would like to see more of the protestors who we think would eventually represent the real “USA and Ethiopia’s Freindship and Partnership ” not the hired opportunists. Thanks again

    Go Ethio demonstrators Go!!

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  39. devil meles • September 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm • Reply

    On December 13, 2003, members of the Ethiopian military from the ENDF’s 43rd Division and militias formed from non-Anuak minority groups entered Gambella town in southwestern Ethiopia. Over the course of three days, they sought out, tortured and killed 424 men, burned houses, and scattered families. Since that time, the genocide and crimes against humanity have continued, raising the death toll between 1,500 and 2,500, and causing more than 50,000 Anuak to flee.

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  40. devil meles • September 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm • Reply

    Previous to the December 13 massacre, tensions and small skirmishes related to land issues and regional autonomy did exist between minority groups and between the Anuak and the Ethiopian government. Because of this, the Ethiopian government has claimed that the killings have been a result of tribal warfare. However, never before has the scope of fighting been so cruel or large-scale, and through several separate investigations, it has become clear that the Ethiopian government not only authorized the attacks, but planned them as well. The commander of Gambella town’s military garrison, Major Tsegaye Beyene, was in Gambella town throughout the massacre and took no apparent action to stop it; indeed, he appears to have directly taken part in the violence.

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  41. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm • Reply

    Remembering the Victims of the 2005 Post Ethiopian Election TPLF Massacres.

    Poem for the Martyrs by Abugidainfo

    On 8th June 2005, TPLF’s heavily armed Agazi forces, which were directly controlled by Meles Zenawi, were deployed in the streets of Addis Ababa.

    They massacred innocent civilians for taking part in a demonstration demanding the respect of the outcome of the elections in the country.

    Most of the dead had gunshots to the head and hundreds were wounded while thousands were abducted and sent to remote military prison camps.

    These murders are regularly referred to just in numerical statistics. But each of this numbers represent fellow Ethiopians, with dreams, loved ones and life plans.

    Below are a few descriptions on what happened in the two days of the start of the still ongoing massacres,

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  42. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm • Reply

    8th June 2005: EPRDF’s heavily armed forces deployed in the streets of Addis Ababa massacre at least 42 innocent civilians for taking part in a demonstration demanding the respect of the outcome of the elections in the country. Most of the dead had gunshots to the head and hundreds were wounded while thousands were abducted and sent to remote military prison camps.

    8th June 2005: Business owners, taxi and mini-bus drivers take strike action to protest over the ruling party’s alleged massive election fraud and its fierce violations of human rights. The streets of Addis Ababa under the intimidating control of the TPLF’s armed forces. The government places opposition leaders under house arrest.

    9th June 2005: Amnesty International issues a press release saying that ‘over 1,500 students and other demonstrators are at risk of torture [and] further arrests are reportedly continuing in Addis Ababa and in other towns where student demonstrations took place’. The organization condemns the excessive use of force by the police, who it says ‘used live ammunition against peaceful protestors’. ‘The excessive and indiscriminate use of force is in contravention of international human rights standards,’ said Kolawole Olaniyan, Amnesty International’s Africa Programme Director.

    Below are a few pictures of our Ethiopian Brothers and Sisters of the 2005 post election victims of TPLF’s massacres;

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  43. abesh • September 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm • Reply

    Meles jams media, allows no independent media…ONE channel TV for 80 million people. Intimidates, arrests and disappears journalists…MELES IS THE A TYRANT, TO SAY THE LEAST.

    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/east/Ethiopian-PM-Says-He-Will-Authorize-Jamming-VOA-88480397.html

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  44. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm • Reply

    http://www.abbaymedia.com/Remembering_Victims_of_June_2005.htm

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  45. tolla • September 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm • Reply

    MELES ZENAWI IS THE WORST DICTATOR IN AFRICA. WE ETHIOPIANS ARE FIGHTING TO BRING PEACE DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM TO OUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY! WE FIGHT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY WE DON’T TAKE ADVICE FROM MELES ZENAWI’ FRIENDS.

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  46. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm • Reply

    he 2005 Massacres

    Background:
    MELES…. security forces (Agazi) massacred 193 people who protested against election fraud in November 2005. The victims were shot, beaten andstrangled. The demonstrators were unarmed, yet the majority died from shots to the head. Many people were killed arbitrarily, old men were killed while in their homes, and children were also victims of the attack while playing in the garden.

    The unrest followed parliamentary elections in May 2005, which the regime lost, but announced an illegal victory. The opposition parties confronted the regime peacefully and within the constitution, saying the election was marred by fraud, intimidation and violence.

    Below are various facts on the Ethiopian Massacre of 2005 in various medium.

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  47. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm • Reply

    Independent Commission Report
    Ethiopian police (TPLF’s Agazi) massacred 193 protesters in violence following the 2005 disputed elections, the independent report says.
    The Independent commissioners (Mr Wolde-Michael Meshesha, a deputy chairman of a 10-member inquiry) spent six months interviewing more than 600 people, including the prime minister, police officers, witnesses and government officials. In early July 2006, shortly before completing its report, the team held a vote and decided, 8 to 2, that excessive force had been used.

    See below the full list, consisting of the victims names, age, address, occupation, weapon used , date of incident and death, evidence, witness

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  48. Meles is devil of africa • September 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm • Reply

    you must look and read this…………..If u are human watch out

    http://www.abbaymedia.com/Remembering_Victims_of_November_2005.htm

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  49. ANTI-THE-DICTATOR • September 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm • Reply

    PLZ MORE UPATES, AS THE HANDFUL PRO-THE KILLER MELES ARE INCREASINGLY OVERWHELEMED!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  50. menduban45 • September 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm • Reply

    Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles is the source of all mess in Ethiopia, under his direct command his special police forces shot dead nearly 200 innocent civilian /including elementary & high school students with in two months only (2005) . If Meles ordered the killing of 10 innocent American civilian, would he be invited by the University of Columbia? I don’t think so, In the eye of the great University Ethiopian life is less important than American.
    Meles the name of “silent killer” , the 9th worst of the worst leader in the world ( Prof. Gregor Ayittey 2010 edition), constantly amoung the world top 10 enemies of the press( CPJ, Reports W.B),,,,
    * Ruthless regime uses famine Aid as a crule weapon & still embezzled the HIV/AIDS fund donated by US tax payers
    * In the last 20 years, under Meles direct command his federal police forces shot dead thousands of innocent civilian & opposition party members, , today 30-50 thousand political prisoners are suffering in Ethiopia
    *Meles, the founder of “EFFORT” mafiya-type huge family business organization ,has control at least 70% of the countrie’s economy & robbing the natural resources. *At least 80% of PM Zenawi’s Diplomatic staffs, higher officals, ,,, over 150 Journalists defected due to harrassment, discrimination & persecutions by the government only in the last 5 years.
    *What a pity, such crule & war criminal belongs to ICC invited at Columbia University in the name of ” Freedom of Speech”,,,,,,,,oh , freedom of speech!,,,,,Down with Meles! ,,,menduban45

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  51. Abdiibiyyaa1 • September 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm • Reply

    Meles Zenawi, the beast, aka Crime minister of Ethiopia is responsible for death of millions as the result of system starvations, wide spread of systemic epidemic disease and thousands, thousands of them have perished as the result of live ammunition by Meles gangs, political prisoners/prisoners of conscience in infested dark prison cell, disappearance, torture, rape, thousands of flee from his ruthless dictatorial and kleptocratic regime etc.. He is solely responsible for human genocide in Ethiopia in general, in Oromia in particular.

    My heart goes out for those families/people who lost their family members, who are voiceless, always live on terror and horror as the result of Dictator Meles Zenawi,.
    I was very much disappointed with notion and virtue of inviting ruthless ruler, who ruled country at gun point with his thugs to be invited by university. Where is humanity? Where is morality? I guess, morality and humanity is grinded by personal greed, we are in state if low morality through out the world. Columbia University so called professors are not immune from such that low morality. In their mind, the greed is at it’s highest peak.

    What is the point to make, what is the point to teach student, to present with the very enemy of” freedom of speech”, praised, given free ride to speak at university. In My opinion, such prestigious University supposed to be the engine and vanguard of humanity, justice, fairness and that advocate for well being of fellow humans across globe.

    I kind of sense that, these whole thing is not driven by “freedom of speech” I think also driven by personal greed who has relation with this dictator regime. Besides low morality in this century, this world is very much troubled by personal greed; it took great toll on humans. The current economic melt down is live witness to that.
    One thing I am sure is that, when ever I sent my kids, happen to be @ Columbia university, I will make sure not to listen to hypocrisy of ”freedom of speech” lectured by so called professors that invited this child killer.

    The hands of Meles is tinted /painted with thousands of innocent children blood. Those below the grave ,if they have one( because their dead body is fed to wild beast like they did to 14yrs old girl at Gara suufii, east Oromia), let their soul cry out for low morality of So called Columbia university Professors from the grave, Shame on low morality and greed of Columbia University Professors.

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  52. selam1@gmail.com • September 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm • Reply

    A killer is killer no matter how. Melese is a cold blooded killer.

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  53. Mot_le_Meles • September 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm • Reply

    Mot le Meles, Dil le miskinu wegene!

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  54. Azeb Mesfin • September 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm • Reply

    dear ethiopian,

    my hasbad Meles is a criminal guy in africa, but what can i do, he love power and he love to kill people, so dont be mad on me, he is the one who put me in the leadership, the people who don’t know about me, my name is azeb Mesfin wife of Meles

    Ethiopian people need freedom democracy, rule of law, i agree with you all ethiopian people.

    Miss Bertukan Mideksa is 35 years old young woman, he is the one who put her in prison. i never agree about that, but he dont listen to me.

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  55. Kasperzaikl • September 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm • Reply

    Meles directly ordered the killing of innocent an armed civilians. Who ever support Meles is no different than the facist Italians or the Nazi Germans who supported there leaders regardless of there in humane action.

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  56. nasanet-23 • September 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm • Reply

    modern time fascist like this tyrannt legese should not be invited in any institution which promote fundamnetal human rights and democracy.all legese supporters are from one clan “tegera”. this apartheid regim should face international justice.

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  57. king alexander • September 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm • Reply

    I AM PROUD OF THOSE ETHIOPIANS WHOM THEY ARE EXPOSING THE KILLER MELSE. FOR SURE WHO INVITED TO MAKE HIM THIS KILLER DIDNT RECOGNIZE HOW THIS KILLER STUID MELSE IS KILLING OUR PEOPLES AND MAKE IN OUR MOM ETHIOPIA DOWN EVERY MOMENT.
    MY ETHIOPIANS YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!!!!!!

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  58. aau • September 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm • Reply

    Meles belongs to the Hague (International criminal court) not Columbia University. There should no be a place for child killers like Meles at Columbia University. Students of Columbia University’ show your solidarity with your compatriots of Addis Ababa University. Meles ordered for the massacre of thousands of university students in Ethiopia.

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  59. Kahsay ER. • September 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm • Reply

    It amazing PFDJ Became an opposition in ETHIOPIA,under the guise of the Ethiopian so called oppositions,I apeal to fellow Ethiopians,to reject the PFDJ agenda for Ethiopians,to distance themselves,and defend the interests of Ethiopia,from this stand point,we Ethiopians have need to protect themselves from any foreign interests,and I thank Colombia universty to invite Pm Meles Zenawi,who is restless to defend the rights and interests of Ethiopia and the whole of Africa in its every aspect which frees the coming genarations from any kind forces of reaction, who promotes for the advancement of their future economic ,social advancement!!!!.

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  60. hiluf05 • September 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm • Reply

    His excellency PM melese zenawi is the leader of ethiopia and o africa,,,probably after 5 yrs the world,,, abo fendu shabyawoch na eritrean gena tekimat yiyizachuhal ,,,,enante yederg shimaglewoch u have have finished ur time,,,go hell abo
    Finally am proud of meles zenawi!!

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  61. Peace • September 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm • Reply

    In case if you don’t know some of the supporters are Ethiopian Airlines staffs and security guards who flew with MP Meles Zenawi from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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  62. BRUCK • September 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm • Reply

    MELES UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR GENOCIDE!

    GENOCIDE WATCH REPORT: http://www.genocidewatch.org/images/International_Campain_to_end_genocide_09_03_23_LettertotheUnitedNationsHighCommissionerforHumanRights.pdf

    CRIMES OF CRIME MINSTER ZENAWI : http://abbaymedia.com/News/?p=1519

    MORE UPDATES WOULD BE APPRECIATED! THANK YOU!

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  63. ethiotoday • September 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm • Reply

    It takes only to be a human being to oppose meles.
    MELES ZENAWI , 15TH WORST DICTATOR IN THE WORLD-WORL REPORT:

    we will fight nazist zenaw to his end

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  64. ethiotoday • September 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm • Reply

    Meles belongs to the Hague (International criminal court) not Columbia University. There should no be a place for child killers like Meles at Columbia University. Students of Columbia University’ show your solidarity with your compatriots of Addis Ababa University. Meles ordered for the massacre of thousands of university students in Ethiopia.

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  65. Abdiibiyyaa1 • September 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm • Reply

    The so called Columbia professors in the name of “freedom of speech”, just like wolf in the sheep guise, have invited this child killer under convert operation of personal greed, I say personal greed, Give me break about “freedom of speech” they have relationship with is Kleptcratic ruler.

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  66. Azeb Mesfin • September 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm • Reply

    On November 19, 2009 the kangaroo court of the ethnocentric regime in Ethiopia passed a “guilty verdict” against General Tefera Mamo and another 40 defendants. Five days later, on November 24, the “federal prosecutor” who also is Zenawi’s henchman in the court, asked the kangaroo court to pass the death penalty against 38 of the defendants. Yesterday, December 22nd, as instructed by Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s politically charged kangaroo court sentenced five of the defendants to death and 33 others to life imprisonment. As he repeatedly said during his trial, trying to save Ethiopia from the looming dangers of the bantustan type ethnic rule of the TPLF regime was the only “crime” of General Tefera and his co-defendants.

    This mock trial and sham verdict is yet another evidence that Ethiopia under Zenawi is a place where people who fight for freedom and equality are condemned by those who snatch them. Yesterday’s death sentence is an absolute farce; and what makes it utterly senseless is that the show trial and the “Do it as I told you” sentencing are both orchestrated by a brutal dictator who mercilessly killed 193 innocent civilians, and who himself stands accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Though many Ethiopians are infuriated by yesterday’s kangaroo court decision, what concerned them the most is not “judge” Adem Ibrahim’s final decision [the sentence], or the process he followed to make those decisions. The miscarriage of justice, the courtroom drama of coached witnesses, and the politically motivated arrests and trials are daily phenomena that Ethiopians have lived with for over 18 years.

    What is profoundly troublesome to most Ethiopians is the complete reversal of the justice process where patriotic and decorated war generals and civilian heroes who fought for their freedom are sentenced to death by those who murdered their sons and daughters in broad day light.

    The tragic drama that took place in Ethiopia’s kangaroo court yesterday is a wake-up call to all peace loving people of the world that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. We believe nothing agitates the onlooker as when a hero is condemned by a villain, and nothing is troublesome for a human mind as when a criminal is allowed to convict innocent people.

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  67. Abdiibiyyaa1 • September 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm • Reply

    The so called Columbia professors in the name of “freedom of speech”, just like wolf in the sheep guise, have invited this child killer under covert operation of personal greed, I say personal greed, Give me break about “freedom of speech” they have relationship with this Kleptcratic ruler.

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  68. Erit_Truth • September 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm • Reply

    This event has not only exposed the man who heads a regime responsible for many atrocities and genocide in our region, but also elements of those interest groups who have been giving all kind of support: financial, diplomatic , military and PR.

    “An exemplary leader” to the Jeffery’s and the Joseph’s, but a killer dictator and racist to the people under his rule!

    Go Ethio Demonstrators Go!!

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  69. kassu • September 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm • Reply

    Meles is a dictator , Meles is a killer , Meles belongs to the Haigue as accused by the ICC not to Columbia University !! 20 years in power and no free judicial system , no free press , no democracy at all !!! Lost the 2005 election , yet put the opposition leaders in prison and after 2 years of the pressure by the courageous Ethiopians and the west he released them More than 200 peacefull demonstrators were shot on their head by his security agents !!! The 2010 election was a sham and he declared to have won 99.6% !!
    Bertukuan Mideksa was sentenced for life for her just views for democracy and justice !
    Melese’s attrocities are innumerable , more than 20,000 poletical prisoners languish in his prisons . I am very much appalled by Columbia University officials in inviting Meles to give lecture in your institution !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. Azeb Mesfin • September 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm • Reply

    The Massive Arrests of October/November 2008
    The massive arrests of Oromos, which the EPRDF called ‘the crackdown’, was conducted from early in the morning to the evening of October 30, 2008. The arrests were without court warrants. Hundreds of heavily-armed federal police and anti-terrorist task force personnel were deployed for the mission in every corner of Addis Ababa city. It was a terror day for Addis Ababa city dwellers – a terror carried out by the government forces. The EPRDF terrorist group terrorized and arrested the following Oromo nationals. These are those arrested whose names I remember.

    1. Eshetu Kitil … the owner of Hawi Hotel, arrested from his hotel office.
    2. Kebede Borena … the Deputy General Manager of Hilton Hotel, arrested from his home.
    3. Degen Borena … Kebede Borena’s brother and a businessman, arrested when he went to his brother’s house after hearing his brother had been arrested.
    4. Colonel Olani Jebesa … a retired military officer, arrested from his house.
    5. Wabe Haji … a legal adviser at the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, arrested from his office.
    6. Degene Daba … the owner of a trucking business, arrested from his house.
    7. Roba Gedefa … an employee at the Niyala Insurancy Company, arrested from his office.
    8. Aberash Yadeta … an employee at the Oda Share Company, arrested from her office.
    9. Lelise Wodajo … an employee at the Ethiopian Television (ETV), arrested from her office.
    10. Hailu Delesa … a third-year Haromaya University student majoring in accounting, arrested from the university campus.
    11. Bayisa Husen … a student at Ambo High School, arrested from his house.
    12. Bekele Negeri … an owner of a small business, arrested from his house.
    13. Bogale Mosisa … a shopkeeper, arrested in Paisa area.
    14. Kabebo Faye … a retiree (70 years old) and a Board Member of the Mecha-Tulema Development and Welfare Association, arrested from his house; and he later died immediately after his release from Maikelawi.
    15. Bekele Jirata … the Secretary General of OFDM, arrested while going to the office (OFDM office).
    16. Husein Moga … a day laborer, arrested from his house.
    17. Yasin Jarso … a day laborer, arrested from his house.
    18. Zeynu Mohamad … a shopkeeper, arrested from his shop.
    19. Zerihun Wodajo … a renown Oromo artist, arrested from his house; and he was released from Maikelawi after one and half months detention.
    20. Asefa Tefera Dibaba … a well-known writer and a lecturer at Addis Ababa University; he was released from Maikelawi after one and half months of detention.
    21. Emiru Gurmesa … who had been released from Kaliti prison after 4 years of imprisonment without trial, and he was arrested and detained again in Maikelawi; he died immediately after his release from Maikelawi.
    22. Two women, whose names I have forgotten, were brought from Adama; they were released from Maikelawi after a month and half detention.
    23. Another young woman, detained with her 2-year-old baby; and she was released from Maikelawi after a month and half detention.
    24. Tolesa Wolde … a well-known lawyer, arrested in November 2008 from his private office.
    25. Abera Degefa … a Board Member of the Mecha-Tulema Development and Welfare Association and a Law lecturer at Addis Ababa University, arrested in November 2008.
    26. Tsehayi (whose surname I have forgotten) …. the owner of a pharmacy, arrested from his pharmacy; and, he was released from Maikelawi after two months.

    There were many, whose names I do not remember, who were brought from different parts of the Oromia regional state and also from Amhara regional state’s Oromia zone, Kemise area. Three young Oromos, who were arrested in mid October from Kemise area, were first taken to the Afar regional state’s police station and tortured bitterly; with their hands tied, they were left naked to be bitten by mosquitoes for two weeks before they were brought to Maikelawi. Since then, no one knows their whereabouts.

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  71. cherent • September 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm • Reply

    what is there to learn from a killer, shame on you Columbia.

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  72. Azeb Mesfin • September 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm • Reply

    Those abducted from other countries for torture and death
    Tesfahun Chemeda and Mesfin Abebe were abducted from Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007; and they were later detained in an unknown place for over two years without appearing in court until they were brought to Maikelawi and finally headed the charge list of the 16 Oromos of the March 31, 2010 decision.

    Four Oromos, who were kidnapped in 2006 from Somaliland (Hargeisa), were also detained in Maikelawi for over two years; they were never taken to court. One of them was an old man of 60 years. No one knows what had happened and their whereabouts since then.

    The Maikelawi Torture Prison
    There are three different officially known detention houses in Maikelawi; one is Chelema Bet (the Dark Dungeon). There are also underground and unofficial detention places inside the Maikelawi compound.

    The Dark Dungeon is constructed in a “U”-shaped design; and it has 9 cells. There is a very narrow corridor between the opposite cells. At the end of the corridor is found the toilet, which is never maintained, and dirty water overflows from it.

    Above the cells are offices. This underground dark prison is built with black and heavy stones; and the floor is concrete; it is dark and extremely cold. There is light in the corridor which gives dim light to the cells through small aperture found above the wall left to let in air. Inside the cells, detainees can see each other hardly. In each cell of 4*4 meters, sometimes 12 (other times 16) people are jammed. No space to move, no light; you hear nothing, and you see nothing. The same cell is used for sleeping and for eating; a urine bucket is also there. The cell is poorly ventilated, and the unpleasant smell of the toilet disturbs. These conditions, added to the police humiliation, intimidation and torture, make it the worst of all in life. In these horrible situations, we had passed 46 days without seeing sunlight with the doors closed day and night.

    In this Dark Dungeon, there is also a special cell, Cell Number 7, which has other cells inside – cells within a cell. The inner cells are extremely narrow; and prisoners can not sit nor sleep, and it is used as an additional torturing method. Degene Daba was thrown in this cell for a week with his hands tied.

    During our stay in Maikelawi, we had never been visited by our family. I was visited by a lawyer only once. We were tortured physically and psychologically. Different torturing methods were applied on us.

    • Beating with electric cables, especially on the head and fingers;
    • Kicking groups of detainees with military shoes and standing on barefoot;
    • Forcing to stand still barefoot with hands raised above the head for a prolonged time – up to 48 hours continuously – without sleep and rest, day and night;
    • Depriving sleep and rest, night and day;
    • Tying hands to the roof and beating;
    • Forcing to do physical exercises continuously. When a detainee is unable to move, walking on one’s body with their military shoes, beating with shoes on the face and the head until one falls unconscious;
    • Forcing to lie naked on wet concrete floor;
    • Taking to the very dark room and terrorizing at gunpoint;
    • Humiliating and degrading female detainees by making them stand naked surrounded by a group of policemen – injuring their human dignity.

    These and other forms of torture, like mental torturing through insults which can never heal, were applied on us.

    Degene Daba was among those who were bitterly beaten almost to death. He was urinating pure blood for a month while he was kept in chains. He was accused of transporting ammunition to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters. The police took a picture of him with bullets taken from one of the offices in the Maikelawi compound, and that picture was used as an evidence.

    Kebabo Faye, who was 70 years old, was denied medical treatment; he died immediately after he had been released from Maikelawi. He was ill-treated and mentally tortured by the police.

    Emiru Gurmesa, who was arrested for the third time in 2008, had also died after being released from Maikelawi. I had known Emiru since 1983. He was sacked from the Oromia Coffee and Tea Development Bureau in 1997 and imprisoned for one year. Again, he was arrested and jailed in 2004; he was then released from Kaliti in 2007. For the third time, he was arrested on October 30, 2008. When he was brought to Maikelawi on October 30 around 6 o’clock, one policeman, standing in front of the office, said, “Oh! My God, this man is back again; I think this is his third or fourth time.”

    EPRDF arrests and accuses peaceful and innocent Oromos with fabricated charges. That is why the charges are related to the occupations of the detained individuals.

    Those, who have private businesses, are accused of providing financial supports to young Oromos fleeing the country; those, who travel abroad for their own private businesses, are accused of contacting OLF leaders; those, who have trucking businesses, are accused of transporting arms to OLF fighting forces; those, who are either government or private employees, are accused of providing financial supports to the OLF. Those, who are students, are accused of agitating and organizing fellow students against the government. Those, who are in opposition political parties, are accused of recruiting OLF cadres disguised as party members.

    What we understand from this type of charges is EPRDF’s intention to terrorize and eliminate Oromo nationalists to continue its domination without any opposition. EPRDF never wants opposition to exist in the country – which had been clearly seen in 2010 elections.

    Though the charges were about having relations with the OLF, the police interrogations and offers were about:

    – “Why do you hate EPRDF?”
    – “Why don’t you work with the government?”
    – “Do you want to talk to government higher officials?”
    – “Why do you oppose? You bring nothiing if you oppose.”
    – “If you denounce OLF, you will be rreleased.” and so on.

    The above clearly show that the charges were based on revenge.

    The Kaliti Concentration Camp
    Kaliti is located on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa, at about 25km. The prison used to have 6 zones when we arrived, but it later became an 8-zone prison center because of the huge number of new prisoners. Each zone has about 3000 prisoners. The walls and roofs of the prison houses are made of corrugated iron sheets. Zone #3 has 5 prison houses numbered from 1 to 5.

    In each of these prison houses, 600-800 prisoners are crowded. Let alone to sleep, there is no place to stand.

    Prisoners are beaten and ill treated by self-appointed gangsters. They can punish and order the prisoner to do whatever they want. They are the ones who decide and force people to sleep where there is no place to sleep. They order others to pile human beings like sacks of wheat – one head down, the other head opposite, and the third one on top of the two.

    If a prisoner gives money, they treat him better than those who do not have money. Corruption in the Kaliti prison is official – even up to the prison administration. There are corruption dealers who terrorize newcomers, saying, “unless you give money, the administration will send you to Ziway or Shoa Robit prisons,” which are very harsh to live, and are located far away from one’s family.

    Because of the suffocation created by overcrowding, the lack of sanitation, the shortage of toilets and bathrooms, the lack of medical treatments, the lack of sleeping places, many prisoners suffer from TB (Tuberculosis) and other diseases, everybody through the prison coughs. Four prisoners had died of untreated diseases within a month when I was there. I remember a young man called Sisay, who was a TB patient; he was denied medical treatment and died in prison.

    The prison compound is very small; it’s dusty during the dry time and muddy during the rainy season; it’s overcrowded and difficult to move around.

    At Kaliti, radios and newspapers are not allowed; even books written in the English Language are not permitted. What is available in Kaliti is cigarette that many young prisoners “enjoy”.

    Over 90% of the prisoners in Kaliti are youngsters, out of which 99% are young Oromos, aged between 18 and 35 years, accused of being either members or supporters of the OLF. The charges are fabricated; and the evidences are totally false. They are simply imprisoned because they have rejected to be members of OPDO/EPRDF or they have spoken out their mind.

    Eighty percent of the young Oromos in the Kaliti prison are high school or university students. These young people are sentenced to long-year imprisonments. By the time they come out (if they escape death), they will be over-aged and could not continue school; they do not have plans about what to do next. Even they will not get place to live because the local OPDO/EPRDF cadres will never allow them to live in peace. As a result, many, who have been through similar conditions, flee the the country after their releases. They suffer or die in concentration camps of the neighboring countries: Kenya, Somaliland (Hargeisa), Djibouti, Yemen, Uganda, Tanzania, and so on.

    Others, in violation of international laws, are abducted from those neighboring countries by the Ethiopian government’s security services in collaboration with the host country’s police; and they are thrown back to the same prison for more suffering and danger on their lives. Examples are Mesfin Abebe and Tesfahun Chemeda; Mesfin Abebe was sentenced to death, and Tesfahun Chemeda to life imprisonment on March 31, 2010.

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  73. Tefera • September 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm • Reply

    The reporter should update the report now. The number above comparing the two crowds will misinform readers. I have heard from friends at the spot that Ethiopians protesting the butcher Meles Zenawi have now flooded the street.

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  74. king alexander • September 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm • Reply

    It is amazing Meles Zenawi who killed Ethiopian University students again and again respectfully invited to the great Colombia University. WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  75. abebe • September 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm • Reply

    What a shame indeed to have a butcher to give lecture. What is the title going be ” how to become a brutal dictator.

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  76. Hizb Balew • September 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm • Reply

    I is really a humiliation for the fame of the University of Columbia to invite Meles Zenawi,
    a Fashist, Racist and a kille Mafiosi in one person. Your invitation has nothing to do neither with Freedom of Expession nor with Academic Freedom.

    Mr. J.Sachs, Mr. L.C. Bollinger, and Mr. J. Stiglitz, in all three of you, I see one common thing:- German origin (NAZI PAST???)

    Dear Sirs, I see no other reason why you associate with this genocidier. I wish you all three that your children and grand children to live under him.

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  77. Moresh-ethiopia • September 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm • Reply

    chriminal killer zenawi will be punished by the international court that is what he mustexpect we ethiopians will bring him to justice.The true etiopians unite!!!!!!!!!!

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  78. Erit_Truth • September 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm • Reply

    This event has not only exposed the man who heads a regime responsible for many atrocities and genocide in Ethiopia and in our region, but also elements of those interest groups who have been giving all kind of support: financial, diplomatic , military and PR.

    “An exemplary leader” to the Jeffery’s and the Joseph’s, but a killer dictator and racist to the people under his rule and a tool of instability to the Horn of Africa region!!

    Go Ethio Demonstrators Go!!

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  79. MEKU • September 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm • Reply

    SHAME ON MELES !!!!!!

    WHAT A SHAME ON THE COLOMBIA UNIVERSITY WHO INVITED meles KILLER. ON THE OTHER HAND SIDE I’M PROUD OF THOUSANDS ETHIOPIANS MY BROTHER AND SISTER WHOM THEY EXPOSING THE KILLER.

    MY ETHIOPIANS YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!! GOD BLESSYOU AND ETHIOPIANS

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  80. Where r u God • September 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm • Reply

    How can one say a double digit growth on the economy when we can see the people getting poorer and poorer. And why on earth Ethiopian currency lost 50% of it’s value if the economy is growing fast??? Of course we have seen some new buildings here and there in the country. The question is who are the owners??? Aren’t they Meles Zenawi relatives stealing money from the poors!!! Those of you who sell your stomach, please think about your country and your people who are begging to eat a food one time a day.

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  81. chilomader • September 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm • Reply

    SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME
    THIS INSULTING AMERICAN FOUNDING FATHERS
    INVITING TYRANTS ,MURDERER,DICTATOR ZENAWI B/N STUDENTS

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  82. Rahel • September 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm • Reply

    Here we go again, columbiaspectator is blocked in Ethiopia just because a strong editorial against Zenawi’s!!!

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  83. entebaber • September 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm • Reply

    Zenawi is murderer !!!

    SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME ! SHAME !
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    on democracy in america

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  84. nadew gobezie • September 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm • Reply

    I would worry if we Ethiopians didn’t know the price of freedom!

    But that has never been the case in my society! let alone a local suppressor, we have always been against the old fashioned colonizers of Europe only because we have always been enjoying our freedom for generations. Meles Zenawi has never been an ETHIOPIAN in his actions, speeches .. etc. he has always been the shortest ugliest beggar leader in the name of starved people for the past 20 years. Hence the source of his existence in power has been begging, loan(international) donation/ food aid.. etc.. he always has been trying to repaint his blood bathed international image. hence he doesn’t want to make his loaners and donors unhappy. So he is always recruiting his likings, like SOLOMON ASAMAW to praise his name and disappoint the mass.
    However, Ethiopia is always known to prevail- hence she doesn’t touch others, and she won’t allow others touch her.
    thank you!

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  85. Diaspora • September 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm • Reply

    The demonstrators on both sides of the isle hold two extreme positions. On the one hand Ethiopia is not all roses; and on the other hand, despite his weaknesses, Meles Zenawi is far from being a monster. The supporters of Mr Zenawi seem to be a direct product of and a reaction to the politics of hate and extremism shown by the opposition within the Ethiopian diaspora. I appreciate the efforts of the university to hear the perspectives of African leaders.

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  86. agere • September 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm • Reply

    be alem lay berehab sewin yegedele hitler new neger gin yagerun sewoch adelem melese zenawi sewin bemasrab yemigedil tiyitu albeka bilot sew serashe rehab yemelese zenawi sira geday wenjelenga

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  87. belaye • September 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm • Reply

    Meles is a killer…he should not welcomed here.

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  88. Erit_Truth • September 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm • Reply

    What an event! what a demonstration! Columbia has inadverently brought into stage the known dictator and elements of those interest groups who have been giving him unqualified support for his racist regime.

    Go Ethio demonstrators Go!!

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  89. M.Lemariam • September 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm • Reply

    I would like to know what Meles had brought to the table by speaking at Columbia. Would look forward to read his speech, but knowing that it is full of lies-there is nothing much to learn from him. In this time and age, people simply have to goggle and learn about what is going around the world. Did the students did that? Did they ask challenging question? The power of a free society is its ablity to speak on behalf of other people. Many are suffering in Ethiopia. It has turn into a country that will give you a life impresonment when the government is afraid of your popularity. Just goggle Burtukan Midkssa – you will see what I mean. Shame on Columbia U. You had the chance to challenge this killer, and did not grab it.

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  90. temesgen2000 • September 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm • Reply

    Zenawi is a killllllllllllller , Zenawi is murderer ,, Zenawi is a ruthless genocider
    Colombia stop the killer challegne the killer … The Respected colombiya university is not a place for the Devilish Meles
    Zenawi
    down with Meles zenawi
    We need justice freedom democracy …
    Meles go helllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  91. hanna3-1 • September 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm • Reply

    MELSE IS CHILD KILLER, CRIMINAL !!!MELSE IS CHILD KILLER, CRIMINAL !!!
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  92. Shimagle • September 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm • Reply

    SPECTRUM! Please update your numbering system. There is atleast 5 times more protestors. Are your journalsts out there> Do they know how to count?

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  93. 2disgusted • September 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm • Reply

    Elyssa dear..please look again and tell us if Meles supporters are more in number than the opposition.. thanks.. your getting slower and slower with the updates as the rally against Meles gets bigger and bigger LOL!!

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  94. getye belay • September 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm • Reply

    It is a matter of time

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  95. Shimagle • September 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm • Reply

    The tyrant Meles Zenawi is a candidate for the International Court of Justice. What ever accusation Milosovvich or Charles taylor or Al Beshir are accused of is nothing compared to what Meles Did

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  96. yohanse azen • September 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm • Reply

    melse zenawi is a killer amurdere shame sham this is very very sad . i don’t expect from demcracy country like usa to invite dictator killer melse zenawi to colombiya unversity.

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  97. enatethiopia • September 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm • Reply

    The fugitive,Meles Zenawi deserves prison not college.Crime and punishment in the Hague Netherlands for the crime he has done, he tyrant Zenawi is more and more isolated ,whether he likes or not, tomorrow he ‘ll be obliged to respond about the Human Right Violation committed by him and his blood sucker Agaz solders. the punishment he should receive, undoubted. he must be captured from N.Y and face justice.
    Columbia University has clearly become a halfway-house for the notorious criminal,Meles zenawi why ? and why the halfway-house administrators and guards did fail to thoroughly check the background of the most wanted fugitive?

    This wicked and weirdo fugitive,Meles zenawi,as he brings billions of dollar into the house of the crime family to share the theft while holding millions of Ethiopians at gun point inducing unbearable suffering year after year.

    Colombia University officials are now clearly embarrassed to have a criminal whose background and criminal records have not been studied and examined thoroughly. Isn’t this shame on the fugitive, Meles i and an endless embarrassment to Columbia University.
    Finally I’M proud of my Ethiopian brothers and sisters whom they exposing the killer.

    MY ETHIOPIANS YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!! GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA.

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  98. enbi-leweyane • September 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm • Reply

    shame for those two proffessers who sponcered meles who is child killer. it is doing your dirty job at the horn of Africa.

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  99. hagos • September 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm • Reply

    this is a shocking news, to invite the genocide commuter in colombian university.

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  100. Suleiman • September 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm • Reply

    The number of supporters of Meles Zenawi are by large more than the number of protesters against him. It is very funny, the highly propagated and widely advertised calling for demonstration against the ethiopian Prim minister has failed Big time. How come the number of supporters, who have come to express their support for the Pm without being formally advertised in any website happened to be far greater than the number of shameful protesters. Chauvinists, your number is fading away rapidly by the day, sooner or later you would make yourselves useless in the ethiopian political arena.

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  101. Suleiman • September 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm • Reply

    Just look at the above pictures and compare those group who are holding up the picture of Birtukan and compare them with number of supporters of Meles Zenawi hoisting his Pictures and the Ethiopian Flag High. You can see it for yourselves and see the truth.

    Endet Asafari Kizenamoch ena Hodamoch nachihu. Siltan beka yesefiw hizb honewal.

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  102. addis tesfa • September 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm • Reply

    I think Columbia should be cited for collaborating with a bloody tyrant war criminal. Meles is abusing about 75 million people of Ethiopia, & we are still in slavery in modern world.
    I can assure you , that most of the supporters of Ethiopian’s tyrant Zenawi are his minor ethnic group(Tigray) – 6% of the Ethiopian population members. If once he lose his power , most of his supporters will be accountable for the crime & robbery what they made in Ethiopia. shame on them ! shame on Meles! , shame on those intellictual prostitutes!!!

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  103. Meles the Great • September 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm • Reply

    It is great that the Meles Zenawi supporting crowd is much better organized than the so called anti-Meles idiots. Look how cute the Meles supporters are as compared to the other side as well. Meles is Great and his supporters are great too.

    Meles rocks and the Ethiopian and African people LOVE Meles.

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  104. Harmony Hunter • September 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm • Reply

    was anything said about harmony?

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  105. Tazabi • September 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm • Reply

    It is time for Columbia’s World Leaders Forum (WLF) to prove to the world that it will respect its own mission to “advance lively, uninhibited dialogue” by asking the dictator these top 12 questions that us Ethiopians will never be able to ask.

    Question # 1. You were “elected” once again to be chairman of Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) after 25 years. Was nobody else qualified to lead your party during over a quarter of a century?
    Question # 2. You installed a policy of “ethnic federalism” in Ethiopia the last 15 years to allegedly stabilize the country but why has ethnic-based opposition to your government increased?
    Question # 3. BBC’s last report said your TPLF group stole food aid money meant for the starving people in Tigray (region of ethiopia) in 1980s, to buy weapons. Do you regret for your actions that led to the death of thousands of starving people from your own ethnic group?
    Question # 4. Your TPLF rebel group used civilians as human shield in Hawzen town during your war against previous president Mengistu Haile Mariam. Your “court” accused Mengistu of genocide for bombing civilians then, but why was your military doing the same bombing in Ogaden region and in Somalia?
    Question # 5 Do you still believe ordering your security agents to massacre around 200 Ethiopians during the 2005 post-election was a good idea?
    Question # 6 Why do you always harass journalists and why does Ethiopia has only one television station while even lawless Somalia has many?
    Question # 7. Why are you against privatization of land in Ethiopia?
    Question # 8. Your former defense minister said Ethiopia’s prisons are filled predominantly with ethnic Oromo political prisoners. Are you worried the international criminal court (ICC) could file charges against you for ethnic cleansing?
    Question # 9. Why are over 80% of your country’s top army generals from your Tigrayan ethnic group when Tigrayan people make up only 6% of the Ethiopian population?
    Question # 10. Your election board said your party won over 99% of parliament seats during the latest national election which the EU and US said was rigged. Do you think this reflects a growing democracy?
    Question # 11. If over 99% of Ethiopians really support you, why is your government in war in many corners of the country and why so many Ethiopians protest against you all the time?
    Question # 12. Why do more millions of Ethiopians need food aid today under your government than during the previous Mengistu government you toppled

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  106. tfrew • September 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm • Reply

    The Eritrean financed opposition forces lost big time today

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  107. Concerned • September 23, 2010 at 9:07 am • Reply

    Message for those who are opposing against Meles!

    First of all you should know that Meles is a qualified leader. He is invited for such a prestigious gathering because of his talents and excellence in his studies. Nothing comes by shouting. Those of you who are shouting, please examine yourselves. Don’t expose your lack of knowledge. They say, empty barrel shouts. By shouting you may seem empty. Examine your qualifications! A qualified person can never be led by the likes of Tamagn Beyene. If it were by shouting, Tamagn could have given a key note for Harvard. Abebe Belew for Yale…So, am have some feeling of shame. Meles has two or three degrees with excellence. Please, I beg you all not to expose your ignorance.

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  108. shisema • September 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm • Reply

    Dear editor, I kindly request you to upgread your site as what you posted has great importance for we Ethiopians.
    It’s hard for me to believe that ‘spectator’ is not pro-meles when I look at the pictures posted. You can evaluate this fact simply by checking the number of pictures posted. They took shot to early before the protesters arived at and posted it immediately. For anybody interested I advise to visit “Ethiopian review”

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  109. desta • September 24, 2010 at 6:04 am • Reply

    when i saw meles”s (killer) picture i feel realy sick.

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  110. Teshale • September 24, 2010 at 6:51 am • Reply

    I think this is the right time when all Ethiopians start supporting their Government. Let us all open our eys wide and see what is in reality, stop complaining, come to gether for DEVT.

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  112. Liberty • February 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm • Reply

    Meles has, unlike other previous Ethiopian leaders a proper balance of both supporters and opposition. This is a sign of great leadership. I also see the supporters as being more sympathetic to the values of American foreign policy and Ethiopia, in general.

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