By Teodros Kiros
“We Ethiopians must begin mobilizing! It is time to take action if we are to join in the peoples’ movements for freedom, now spreading among nations where autocratic rulers and their regimes, like Meles Zenawi and the EPRDF, have repressed their citizens for so many years. If there were a list of people most desperate for such change, Ethiopians would surely be near the top of the list.
As many of us watch the unfolding of events in Egypt over the last few days, as tens of thousands of people relentlessly call for the end of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year regime; preceded by the ousting of Ben Ali of Tunisia after 23 years, let us warn the even more repressive Meles regime, that it is time to step down as the momentum for change in Ethiopia is growing. The Ethiopian people will not stop until their legitimate democratic rights are given.”
I take great pride in having been a supporter of SMNE, two years ago. I am proud ones again to return to my roots and tell those who are complaining that intellectuals are absent in the people’s movement. Let me make it clear that I am actively supporting SMNE and I am an ardent part of it.
Let us follow the directives of SMNE and spark a peaceful social movement and begin mobilizing now.
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