Ethiopians to protest against Zenawi in London

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Hanna Sisay Kidani for EMF -[Rally poster] Ethiopians in Europe are being mobilized again to protest against the presence of Zenawi at London climate meeting on 31 March 2010. The demonstrators also denounce Gordon Brown’s invitation of Zenawi amid international criticisms against the genocidal Zenawi. They call the act as Uk’s double standard of democracy.

Gordon Brown and Meles Zenawi will hold the first meeting with the climate finance group on 31 March 2010.

International human rights groups are accusing Meles Zwnawi is of crimes against humanity.

Last month, United Nations Secretary-General had selected Gordon Brown and Meles Zenawi to co-chair the new High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing that both Prime Ministers accepted the formation of the new group, predicting it would play a key role in ensuring the funding commitments made in the Copenhagen.

Brown said there was a need for “fast start” finance for developing countries to deliver the commitments in the accord signed in Copenhagen by more than 100 countries. The Secretary-General established the advisory group to study the potential sources of revenue for financing mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries, and to make progress on this key issue in the course of 2010.

On the other hand, Meles faced a backlash from African Ethiopians while hoping for some political credit at home. Last week, the PM Meles Zenawi tried to convince the Ethiopian parliament by displaying his political strengths are best demonstrated at Copenhagen. He said, “If our international deals were not beneficial, the African Union would not elect me again to negotiate this issue”.

EMF source told that it will be a disappointment for Human Right activists to see Meles Zenawi with Gordon Brown and other leaders. Besides the LIVE AID money that diverted to buy weapons to kill Ethiopian soldiers; the TPLF leader, Meles is also accused of committing genocide in Gambella and Ogaden.

For these and other crimes hundreds of Ethiopian activists planned to have a non-violent demonstration in front of the Britain’s Prime minister, Gordon’s office at 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA. Wednesday, March 31. It is being expected to be the biggest day of demonstration in London.

Meles is extremely sensitive to his international image. Because more than 62 per cent of Ethiopia’s annual budget comes from aid money, the EPRDF government heavily depends on the donor community for its survival. To keep the flow of aid money, Meles has to keep up his image. His government devotes a lot of money for propaganda purposes and controls the main means of communication in the country. He is extremely wary of the activities of the Ethiopian diaspora and engages in polemics with diaspora groups as well as foreign journalists and human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Meles’s recent diatribe in response to the devastating report by the International Crisis Group can be cited as an example in this regard.

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