12 August 08 – UDJ/Andinet Atlanta chapter held a successful public meeting on August 10, 2008, according a report from the Atlanta chapter. More than 200 Ethiopians attended the meeting. Ato Asrat Tasse, Secretary General of UDJ and Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, a council member, were guest speakers. [pictures]
Professor Mesfin gave the keynote speech, focusing on what direction the kinijit/Andenet movement needs to go, followed by Ato Asrat’s address to the public that focused on Andenet’s current status and its vision for the future of Ethiopia. Both delegates, Ato Asrat and Professor Mesfin moved the crowd with their deep knowledge of peaceful struggle and how the Diaspora could support the movement in Ethiopia.
Kinijit Atlanta’s former chairman, Ato Cheru Terefe was given an award by Andenet Atlanta support organization in appreciation for his enormous contribution to building democracy and justice in Ethiopia. Moment of Silence was also held and a touching poem was presented by Dawit Kebede to remember innocent victims who suffered, exiled and killed by Meles Zenawi regime.
The meeting was concluded by question – answer and opinion session. Issues/questions raised ranged from deep appreciation for Andenet’s struggle against the challenges it faces, non-violent VS other forms of struggles and the Sudan border controversy.
Professor Mesfin answered questions about how non violent struggle can work against a cruel dictatorial regime and questions about the border situation with Sudan and helped clarify some confusion. Ato Asrat answered in detail many questions on issues around Andenet organizational affairs.
At the end of the event, the two UDJ delegates were given awards by Andenet/Kinijit Atlanta for the huge sacrifices they have made for the betterment of Ethiopia.