Monday, October 31, 2005

The Milosevicization of Meles

Wonqville’s patented “Meles Terror Alert” has been raised from Lily-Livered Yellow to “Its’ time to clean house” Red… The situation is fluid—we might have to raise the level to “I’m On a Killing Spree” Burgundy in a matter of hours.

So, I guess the new Minister of Information guy, he who has stepped in the shoes of Ato Bereket Simon, the Darth Vader of Ministers of Misinformation, read up on his “How to be a good EPRDF Soldier” manual ‘cause here is his handiwork:

“Bringing Before Justice CUD Leaders For Its Anti-Constitution Stance Is Timely:

Oh, yeah. La Conzanostra has a new cap-ee-tayn.

The Ministry of Information said bringing before the court of justice the
Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), which it said, is a stumbling block for
the development of democracy because of its anti-constitution stance, is timely.

You see, for those of you new to the Ethiopian political scene, this is how we do Democranizzle under Prime Minister Meles: the Ministry of Information declares that the main opposition—an opposition which won all major cities in the country, an opposition that has been a royal pain in the government’s ass—yes, that same opposition is no longer an opposition, it’s “a stumbling block for the development of democracy.”

Aw, now that’s awfully cute. And yes, for the uninitiated, it means what you think it means-- the government no longer considers the CUD a political party. And that, in EPRDF-speak means that the CUD is officially, let's all say it together, an "anti-peace" force. And that means it has to be... mowed down. Thank you for playing "EPRDF-Speak. We have parting gifts for you at the door.

Meanwhile things are looking dim in the Gambella region, where the EPRDF, in a fit of Darfur-envy perhaps, had in late December 2003 to early 2004, ha committed, um, what’s the technical word for killing people who are … oh, yeah, genocide.

In case we need a refresher (From HRW- “Targeting the Anuak”)

“When the soldiers arrived they said to the villagers, ‘Now we come to make peace.’ The villagers said, ‘Why? Is there anything wrong?’ They said, ‘There are some bandits and anywhere we get them we will finish them.’ The soldiers stayed for three months. They were many. [One day when] the soldiers came back to Otiel from Boranger they met a man outside the village and killed him….We went out and found his dead body. He was shot in his chest and in his forehead….The elders of the village asked them, ‘You said you come for peace but now we have found someone whom you have killed. Why is that so?’ They said, ‘Anyone we find outside the village we will kill.’ We said, ‘Is this a way to make peace?’ They said, ‘You are lying to us. And in any case we cannot identify who is a villager and who is not. So anyone we find outside your village we will kill.’ After that, no one complained.

So, you see how that works? When the Ethiopian government talks about “Now we have come to make peace” it’s time to raise the Meles Terror Alert at least three rungs.

Look for another round of “peacekeeping” in Gambella. Ato Meles has a lot of pent-up frustration—he has had to play “democrat” in front of the prying eyes of his foreign supporters and media in Addis Ababa. It’s another story in Gambella where there are no ferenjies to tell Ato Meles that he’s being a bad boy.

(Read more on the massacres in Gambella here; and ethiopundit’s piece, Blood, Oil and Ethnic Rule in Gambella. You know where you can go NOT to read a word about the Anuak genocide? The Carter Center website. Mr. Jimmah probably does not yet know that his best buddy in Africa has… um, genocidal tendencies. Someone break it to him gently.)

So, what does it mean when the Ethiopian government says,

Though the leaderships of the CUD have been advised to abandon their day dream,
they refrain to do so due to their criminal obsession.Therefore, it is the
obligation of the government and people to take appropriate measures on those
forces who are advocators of street violence, the Ministry said.

Uh-oh. Yet another EPRDF “peacekeeping” mission. (It’s a thankless job.) This one is in direct response to the opposition calling for, yes, peaceful protests. (One of the methods being boycotting EPRDF-owned businesses.) But then the government takes it one step further… it’s not just the leaders of the opposition who are in its crosshairs… oh, no. That would be merely Genocidal Murder 101.

The government will take all the necessary measures on those people who follow
illegal path from now on wards. It also said those people who need to
participate in the violence to be incited by CUD intentionally or
unintentionally to think again and again before doing so otherwise they will be
accountable to law.

Intentionally on unintentionally? You see how that’s done? Make it broad enough so that practically anyone can be pointed at with a machine gun! Ahh, EPRDF… you wylee wascal, you!

EPRDFers… get out while you can. Once blood has been shed, you’re also going to be held culpable.

Meanwhile, can we all chip in to get ENA a new editor? I mean, if you are gonna hunt down people and kill them, you might as well use proper grammar in your “Death to the People” declarations.

Ethiopia could very well be, my friends, on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Ato Meles’ revenge for unrequited love will be murder. It’s the only thing he does well.


Anonymous Wegesha said...

So many things happening in Ethiopia and yet I feel like I've seen it all in Orwell's "1984". All that is left now is for CUD members to admit that they had contracted syphilis intentionally to usurp our democracy.

I was just looking at a picture ( Meles having lunch with a few other people (possibly family) and it is so scary to me seeing how similar they look to my family when we gather for lunch.

12:12 PM, October 31, 2005  
Anonymous not anonymous said...

Apparently, the opposition too has its own “Alert System.” It was raised to “It’s time to clean House Red” with Lidetu’s ejection. Good call and not a moment too soon!

This Lidetu-fellow may not be an agent of the EPRDF, but he sure strikes me as having all the distinctive attributes of an egomaniacal tyrant (redundant?), who needs to be kept on a short leash. He’s forgotten this is not about HIM!

Glad the CUPD took a cue from you, Wonq, and put his ass in the time-out room. He was fast getting too big for his breeches.

Where my parting gift at?

12:33 PM, October 31, 2005  
Blogger tsegasaurus said...

"people who need to participate in the violence to be incited by CUD intentionally or unintentionally to think again and again before doing so otherwise they will be accountable to law"

intentionally means honking in support of the cud,unintentionaly means honking to avoid hmmm...a traffic accident? either way, you are toast.

i see a new bill at the parilament on the matter of honking

1:10 PM, October 31, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with love,

1:18 PM, October 31, 2005  
Anonymous Yohannes said...


you are wrong, young one. intentional = "breathing in with the left nostril".... unintentional is... breathing, period.

EU... here is your enlightened leader. you broke it, now you own it. (all due credit to Mr. Powell.)

12:10 AM, November 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today in the history of Addis 5 have been killed...18 wounded...and X amount imprisoned....all this because people honked their cars!

Melesocracy is definitely in effect.

6:45 AM, November 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't get it! how does meles think he can rule like this? does no one in TPLF read history? the game is over, it's been over, yet killing people as a last grasp? it defies logic. once people have tasted freedom, it has always in history been, you cannot revert back.

7:07 AM, November 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey. I thought our democracy was emulating that of the UK's? Goddam Brits! They must allow random killings.

But one of the wounded in hospital told AP news agency that police had fired indiscriminately at people on the streets, including those not involved in the protests. (BBC)

Mekera new getinent kalawequbet.

7:12 AM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger tsegasaurus said...


i don't know how to put this in metaphor but people died today trying to defend those who honked.

young one

12:01 PM, November 01, 2005  
Anonymous ETW said...

Ye Filwuha,

Meles and Co. would be as vicious if they were from Brooklyn. The momement we define the situation in the Meles perfected tribalization paradigm is the moment we lose the intellectual argument. And you, dear Filly-wuha, are way way above that. Our side-- the side that is appalled by this kind of murder-- doesn't play that. And I refuse to be that.

In the meantime, E'gziyo.

11:47 PM, November 02, 2005  
Anonymous Beyene said...



The BBC is asking for Ethiopian bloggers to participate on a programme on BBC World Service Radio, called World Have Your Say. Today, they're devoting a chunk of their broadcast to Ethiopia. They're going on the air at 1800GMT. PLEASE STEP UP AND SPEAK FOR ALL OF US. Email me at or and I will put in contact with the presenter.

12:45 PM, November 03, 2005  

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