By Hunde Dhugassa –The widely protested case of Birtukan Midheksa’s fabricated imprisonment started, supported and finalized with wide media coverage from both the government and the opposition side. Clearly, Birtukan has suffered unfairly and her freedom is a relief for the majority and success for the campaigners. Her second imprisonment plus his 20 years of human right record hunted Meles Zenawi in all his oversees trip and a served as a uniting factor for the Diasporas activists and politicians. As any peace and freedom loving citizen of that country, I am also happy to witness the freedom of Birtukan from the languishing prison of Kalitti. She deserves a hero’s welcome.
But after reading all the news and watching the news related to this fact I started to think thousand of other Ethiopians who have got neither high profiles nor such big campaign but enduring much more hardship and tortures in the same prison she left a day ago. My mind quickly remembered a civil engineer of Addis Ababa University Mr. Mesfin Abebe, who was kidnapped from Kenya and sentenced to death penalty and his friend Tesfawun Chemeda, also a civil engineer from Addis Ababa University and sentenced to life in presentment in the same history line. In the same day the kangaroo court sentenced other 13 individuals of diverse background including COE, Lawyers, students, Business men, public servants and students to long term prison sentences. They are tagged OLF supporters or conspirators. The government of Meles Zenawi is excellent in tagging and fabricated charges. In fact they act in total disregard of the constitution they themselves wrote and the basic democratic principles in which they trade in the face of western donors.
Dozens of Ginbot-7 tagged individuals of different background were seen on TV screen sentenced to death and life imprisonment, some of them in absentia. It is very sad to see 80 year old person with coup plotting and much unrelated hate twisted charges and the predetermined sentences of Life imprisonment.
Even if the Oromo’s represent the lion’s share of the Kalitti Prison as witnessed by Siye Abraha and Dr. Birhanu Negga, almost Ethiopians from all corners are languishing in different prison and concentration camps; specially in Kalitti and Ma’ikelawi. Some of them have not seen sun light for years and some have to endure torture every day. They all deserve freedom. They are there for so long and so painfully in a very unfair manner. Most of them are imprisoned for years before they have been brought to court with false and fabricated evidences, some of them have never been tried before the existing court.
We should take this moment not only to celebrate the freedom of Birtukan but also to think and work for the freedom of thousands, these who we have never heard of their names or histories and millions of Ethiopians who became second class citizens on their own land. Tonight Birtukan is at home with her little but dozens of thousands are passing the night with tears, wounds and anguish.
How long the night is, the day is sure to come!!!
Together we can
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