Blue Party’s leaders and female members are being attacked


Members of blue party at a rally.

The court house was full of people, some even stood and it was quite humid. After the judge took his place the ones stood were much in number than those who sat. The attorney of the suspected and The Inspector how is handling the case stood by the sides; amid was Blue Party’s young members and leaders of high position.

The case was of course presented 5 days ago and ended with denying a bail for the young activists and members of the party because they were believed to terrorize and as well suspected of disturbance on Women’s Great Run which ended way peacefully.

In fact, the detail of the charge was literally mentioned and most find it funny and confusing at the time. The inspector namely Yemata said they were followed and caught saying out loud that: “they are daughters of Tayitu(Minillik’s II wife), they are daughters of Emeye Minillik, they are hungry, they demand political prisoners and jailed journalists like Reeyot, Eskinder, Andualam and others to be free, and they opposed the conspiracy of 5 to 1 policy which suppress women from expressing them selves freely and put them in fear” . . . these were the lists of slogans presented to be provocative and terrorizing. The men arrested with the girls suspected of supporting their deeds for they were found at the scene carrying their bags and materials.

Of this charge the police demanded 14 days to investigate deep while they must remain in prison. The motive was that the police fears they would destroy evidences which already are held by the police. Another silly reason was that the police fears if they bailed out they would scare the witnesses. Sadly the judge denied their freedom over such ridiculous matter and ordered their case to be presented on March 14. Of all the drama that happened on March 9 first day in court was that the police held their guns in the court house and none said anything.

Well today after 6 days in jail the police inspector, Yemata, with his mate still insists on denying bail for the same reason that they gave the first appearance. And this time they inquired 7 days for more inspection on the matter. Perhaps the addition accusation was that the police worry if they are able to be bailed out they would cause harm on the peace of the state in addition to that it was said the suspected doesn’t have a permanent address.

However, their attorney, Ato Alemu Gobebo (Father of Celebrated yet jailed journalist Reeyot Alemu), explained for the court that the accused members of the Blue Party are responsible citizens that works in different positions and each has a family that they live with which enables them to appear anytime they are wanted for further questioning. Ato Alemu farther explained that 10 of them are well disciplined and a committed party members that they struggle for a democratic and peaceful Ethiopia for that the allegation against bail is totally baseless and he added it was a conspiracy to keep them behind bars so that the assault continues.

In fact the victims were happened to be the arrested ones. Some of them put in plain words that they were threatened of their lives, and asked to work with EPRDF they are even offered a large amount of money if they work with the spy organization of EPRDF INSA. All stood still and resisted the intimidating of the so called interrogators who they said doesn’t even have an ID or a uniform on them. One of the incriminated, Nigest Wondifraw, told the court that the previous night three male police came to their cell at mid night and commanded them to go out and ordered her to go with them, and one of the three held a sweeping-stick like a cane and warned her he will beat her to death if she doesn’t cooperate with them. The others as well (specially the females) were separately called out in the late night the day before and threatened and assaulted. Two of them were even crying. The reason they said was that the police insulted them and added the insult is not that simple to tell, “it hurts, all they want is embarrass us so that we back down, they tried to hit us for they want us to stop our active membership and fellowship at the Blue Party.”

The judge was quite unsure of what to do. We believe he was trying to counsel everyone there instead of exercising his mandate. Seems he cannot do or say more than he was told to. Even the inspectors could not say more except denying all that has been said and dramatically insisted on the enquiry that they exact, more seven days.


People watching while police is harrassing members of the blue party in Ethiopia

Finally after a long talk the judge ordered the police officers to complete all that they are doing/interrogating and bring the case on March 18 and today again denied their freedom; no bail. No justice. We as a blue party members and leaders in general will not be demoralized or won’t back down for we precisely know the character of the dictatorial rule. The scenario which is taking place even showed us a glimpse of the sacrifices we must go through. One of the girls has two daughters; the others are very young and enthusiastically want to contribute their best to the country. All they did was exercising their freedom; they stood and voiced the voice of million women who live in fear. The women of the Blue Party on women’s freedom day demanded FREEDOM, JUSTICE and EQUALITY exceptionally for all the women in Ethiopia and through that for their brothers and fathers as well. Where are they now? In prison! We demanded their freedom for they are freedom fighters.

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4 Responses to Blue Party’s leaders and female members are being attacked

  1. Sam

    March 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Is the Ethiopian government came to believe its political agenda no longer will survive without suppressing any dissent no matter how small it is? The arrest of these young girls and boys attest to that fact. The longer EPDRF stays in power, the more Ethiopians wish the party away. EPDRF knows that. To counter act the truth however like every dictator the government resorts to its oppressing machines increasingly. The belief that the threat of imprisonment will change the political calculus to the government’s favor seems no longer is working. The kids courage to face the Almighty of the EPDRF’s oppressing power might be exceptional. But there are millions of the silent majority who share the accused beliefs. Here it is appropriate to point out the often repeated motto: government might imprison the messengers but not the message. EPDRF knows this fact as well. Despite the fact Ethiopia will no longer sustain such divisive politics and exists as a country, the government persists on. That the government determination to go on despite the rejection by the majority of Ethiopians signals EPDRF is making the same mistakes the two former Ethiopian governments had made. But there is an exception. The former governments pretty much governed without foreign aid and the World Bank subsidy. But EPDRF does not exist without milking foreign money. For how long the world will be willing to be collaborators in crime? Time will tell. But I have my suspicion it will not be that long.

  2. AleQa Biru

    March 15, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    ቢጫ የለበሱ ሲሮጡ የሚያሳይ ቭድዮ ፌስቡክ ላይ አይቼ ምን እንደሆነ ለማወቅ ፈልጌ ነበር:: እንደ መፈክር ነገር እያደረጉ በፍጥነት ይጓዛሉ:: መፈክር ሲያደርጉ በተቀናጀ መልኩ ስላልሆነ በትክክል ምን እንደሚሉ አይሰማም:: “እስክንድር ይፈታ” የሚለውን ብቻ በድንብ መስማቴ ትዝ ይለኛል::

    በኋላ ላይ ቢጫው ልብሳቸው ለታላቁ ሩጫ የተዘጋጅ መሆኑ እና እነዚህ ሴቶችም ከሩጫው ተገንጥለው ብሶታቸውን እያሰሙ እንደሆነ ተረዳሁ:: በተጨማሪም ይህን እንዲያደርጉ ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ሳይገፋፋቸው እንዳልቀረ የሚጠቁም መልዕክቶች አነበብኩ (በድረ-ገጾች እና ፌስቡክ)::

    ይባስ ብሎ ደግሞ ይህ በተሰባበረ እና በተወለጋገደ እንግሊዝኛ የቀረብ ጽሑፍ ሴቶቹ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባላት እንድሆኑ በእርግጠኝነት ይናገራል – ምንም እንኳ ጽሑፉ ባለቤት የሌለው ስለሆነ እውነተኛ ነው ብሎ ለመውሰድ በጣም አስቸጋሪ ቢሆንም::

    ለማንኛውም እንደተባለው ሴቶቹን እዚህ ሁኒታ ውስት የከተታቸው ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አንድ ትዝብት ማንሳት ይቻላል:: ይሄውም ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ እታወቅበታለሁ ብሎ የሚፎክርበት ችሎታ ህገ-መንግስቱ ያጎናጸፉትን መብቶች በመጠቀም የተቃውም ሰልፎን በመጥራት እና ተግባራዊ እንዲሆኑ መታገልን ነው::

    አሁን እንደምናየው ታላቁ ሩጫ ላይ ሳይጠሩ በመገኘት የሌሎችን መብት እየጣሰ ነው:: መቼም ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ደጋፊ ነው ካልተባለ በስተቀር ታላቁ ሩጫ ላይ የሚሳተፈው ሰው ተቃውሞ ሰልፍ በተጨማሪ እንዲደረግ የሚደግፍ አይመስለኝም::
    በአጭሩ ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ መብቶች እንዲከበሩለት መንግስትን ሁሌ መክሰስ ብቻ ሳይሆን ራሱ ሰማያዊ ፓርቲም የሌሎችን መብት (ለምሳሌ:- በሰላም ታላቁ ሩጫ ላይ መሳተፍ የሚፈልጉ ዜጎችን መብት) ማክበር አለበት::
    ዴሞክራሲ በመቃውም ብቻ ሊመጣ አይችልም – መብት እና ግዴታን ጠንቅቆ በማወቅ ጭምር እንጂ::

  3. ለታ አያና

    March 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    ለእኔ “ከተወላገደ አስተሳሰብ” “የተወላገደ የእንግሊዝ ቅዋንቅዋ” ይልቃል::

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