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G 20 Countries Must Stop Aligning with Dictators


The Group of 8 Leaders and the Group of 20 Leaders are meeting in Ontario, from the 25th to the 27th of June, 2010.

On June 25-27,2010, Ethiopians will  join many other protestors in Toronto to raise their voices in condemnation of the presence of the dictatorial ruler of Ethiopia at the G-20 /G 8 summit. Ethiopians across the globe want the world to know that they have had enough of genocide, crimes againsthumanity, war crimes and other human rights violations, all being perpetrated by Meles Zenawi and his cronies.

The toll of living under unending tyranny, oppression and humanitarian crises is now reaching a critical tipping point in Ethiopia that experts fear could lead to a violent explosion. In response, this regime is tightening its grip, hoping to hold at bay the rising dissent and discontent, but even with the increasing repression, there is evidence that the pressure may be becoming too strong to  control.

Recently, the International Crisis Group reported what Ethiopians have been saying for a long  time—if the international community continues to ignore the level of ethnic tensions and anger  towards this regime, we may see the simmering tensions explode into violence that may destabilize the entire region of the Horn of Africa. It is well known that it is the US and donor aid from rich countries that is propping up this government which, in turn, is terrorizing its own citizens. Even as these ominous reports have come out, new money has poured into this regime,  further emboldening the corrupt rulers. 

Ethiopian are frustrated about the foreign policies of free countries, like the Canada, US,  Japan the  UK, Germany, the EU and others that support dictators who suppress democracy in third world countries like Ethiopia. In fact, such policies can at times even endanger our own future security by radicalizing some against Western donors who feel that they are not given the chance to  contribute to democratic change in Ethiopia through nonviolent methods. Critical action is  needed, including more accurate and comprehensive media coverage of the issues affecting  Ethiopians and others in the Horn of Africa.

As the press diligently covers the abuses of democracy and human rights of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe or Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan, why is Ethiopia’s dictator and human rights abuser given a free pass?

The Meles regime is committing horrific atrocities in Ethiopia  and destabilizing and therefore playing a significant role in exacerbating terrorism across the globe.  Meles Zenawi is committing acts of terror against innocent civilians, as are the likes of al Qaeda, in these places. Ethiopians believe that for a healthier and more prosperous stable Africa to emerge, they  demand leaders who care about the people, for “no one will be free until all are free.” The  struggle for freedom, justice, the rule of law and the respect of the human and civil rights of all  Ethiopians is the primary work of Ethiopians, but they ask those in free countries to refrain from  creating obstacles to them by aligning with dictators. 

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G 20 Countries Must Stop Aligning with Dictators


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