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Solidarity Committee Press Release
SOCEPP, POSTFACH 51213,
BERLIN 13372,GERMANY
E MAIL: SOCEPP @AOL.COM
WEB SITE: WWW.SOCEPP.DE

May 28/2007

DENOUNCE THE POLITICAL MACHINATIONS OF THE RULING
EPRDF VIS A VIS THE VICTIMS OF THE RED TERROR

On Sunday May 27, the ruling EPRDF organized a
demonstration and a symbolic burial of the remains of
the victims of the Red Terror. This ceremony, planned
to coincide with the official celelbration of the
takeover of power by the TPLF/EPRDF (May 28/1991), is
farcial and cruel in that it is orchestrated for
the political benefit of the ruling group.

Let us explain.

The Red Terror was an official orgy of bloodletting
unleashed by the defunct Mengistu Haile Mariam regime
against the opposition Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP)
and that cost the lives of close to 200,000 people all over Ethiopia.

The now-ruling TPLF was then a rebel movement but its cadres in the Tigean
towns were instructed by their leaders (the same ones now on power) to take part in the Red Terror and many did so causing the deaths of dozens of EPRP
members in Tigrai.

The TPLF itself waged war more than twice against the
EPRP and its advance to Addis Ababa was accompanied by
an attack against the EPRP controlled areas in Gondar
and Gojjam. A number of EPRP leaders captured
by the Tigrean Front (TPLF), such as Tsegaye Gebre
Medhin,Sitotaw Hussein, Amha Belete, Tekali Gebre
sellasie, Bezabih Hagos, Yishak Debretsion,Desalegn
Amsalu,etc.. have been disappeared since 1991.

Once in power, the TPLF declared the EPRP illegal and
in the repression that it continued against the EPRP
it has killed many and again disappeared the likes of
Aberash Berta, Lemma Mekonen, Wondu Sirak Desta, Abebe
Ainekulu, Eyob Tekabe,Mot Baynor, Berhani ijigu,
Tamrat Gizachew, etc...

The TPLF has,since 1991, been involved in massacres
and genocide all over Ethiopia and following the
genocide in Gambella it slaughtered more than 200
peaceful demonstrators who objectred to its election
fraud and illegal takeover of power in June 2005.
Thousands who perished in Areka, Water,
Arbagugu,Eastern Wellega, Adebaye Iyesus,Anwar Mosque,
Gambella,etc and in the ethnic conflicts provoked and
fanned by its policies and cadres are its victims. The
EPRDF's Terror is nameless but it is real and
relentless repression that has caused the deaths of
very many thousands of people.

A repressive and murderous regime in its own right,
the TPLF has tried since 1991 to use the Red Terror
for its own political ends. It is the least morally
qualified to pay hommage or to observe the rendering
of justice to the victims of the Red Terror. All this
makes the Sunday ceremony a cruel political manoeuvre
on the part of a regime that still persecutes the EPRP
and the people at large.

The memory of the Red Terror victims shall be properly
paid hommage when Ethiopia is freed from repressive
and genocidal regimes.That day has not yet come and
SOCEPP joins the relatives of the Red Terror victims
in saying to the ruling group that has blood on its
hands:Leave the Martyrs Alone. Stop the Repression.
Release all Political prisoners.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE!

SOCEPP, POSTFACH 51213, BERLIN 13372,GERMANY
E MAIL: SOCEPP @AOL.COM
WEB SITE: WWW.SOCEPP.DE



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