Londoners remembered November 1, 2005

By Kinijit UK

On a grey autumn evening of 1 November 2007 outside the Ethiopian Embassy, Londoners once again came out and remembered those massacred by the tyrant woyane regime in June and November 2005, fighting for freedom and democracy, following the protest against stolen votes in the May 2005 General election.
Ethiopian in London remember Nov. 1, 2005
In November 2005, 193 peaceful and unarmed protesters were unlawfully killed, execution-style, by security personnel loyal to the regime of Meles Zenawi. According to the Inquiry Commission, “The majority of [the peaceful protesters] died from shots to the head.” The regime has used and continues to use paramilitary groups to commit extra judicial political killings and arrests in Oromia, Sidama and now Ogaden regions.

According to independent reports troops of woyane regime are burning villages, raping women and killing civilians as part of a systematic campaign to drive them from their homes. They reported dozens of villages destroyed and accused the Ethiopian government of forcibly starving its own people by preventing food convoys reaching villages and destroying crops and livestock.

Despite the release of leaders the main opposition and civil society, human rights defenders, and journalists in July 2007, and the rhetoric to bring the democratisation process back on track, the regime still keeps a tight grip on the nation and deny any space for political opposition. The release of Kinijt leaders is by the way the beginning in the struggle for freedom and democracy Not an end by itself.

The TPLF regime following local and international pressure may have released 38 prisoners of conscious, but Daniel Bekele, policy manager of ActionAid Ethiopia, and Netsanet Demissie, General Manager of the Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia, and hundreds others political prisoners still remain in prison for allegedly supporting the opposition. Kinijt as a movement for freedom and democracy built around the hopes and dreams of free Ethiopia continues to fights for the release of all political prisoners and establishment of democratic and independent institutions serving citizens not regimes in power. As a generation that does not remember its fallen heroes of freedom and democracy would runs the risk of living as a subject of rulers than a free citizen, on Remembrance Day we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who died fighting against the tyrannical regime in Ethiopia. We strongly believed that their sacrifice have already made a significant difference for the future of our country, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of free Ethiopia is realized.
Hence, the observers of the vigil sang:

“We remember our martyrs, we remember our heroes, Your death is not in vain, Your sacrifice is not in vain, Your suffering is not in vain, and Justice will be done. There may not be a parade or there may not be a band, but you shall not grow old in our mind.”

We firmly believe Kinijit leaders owe to those many unsung heroes, who left their home and never made it back, and those who left their family never to come back, and to those who called their name in all weathers; to come together and fulfil the long- desire to create a democratic Ethiopia.

Long Live Ethiopia!
Kinijit UK

4 comments on “Londoners remembered November 1, 2005

  1. Tamru kebede. on

    Londoners- You are great!You did right!
    Anyone who wants democracy in Ethiopia should remember those days.It was exactly on those two occasions, peace seeking Ethiopians were shot over their heads and chests.We need to remember those heroes.Let God bless their soul.
    Pray for them one minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kenu Tollosa on

    ጥሩ ጥረት ነው:: ነገር ግን የፖለቲካ እስረኞችን ቁጥር በመቶዎች ለመወሰን መጣሩ ምን ለማግኘት ይሆን? የወያኔን አፈናስ በኦሮሚያ በሲዳማና በኦጋዴን መወሰኑ ማንን ለማስደሰትና ማንንስ ለማስከፋት ነው? ኧረ እየተስተዋለ?

  3. yikerbelen on

    kenu tollosa, blaming is very esay.instead of hair splitting ,you can forward you figure about political prisoners and all others about weyanes . other wise it is better to shut up .

  4. Kennini Wakjira on

    Yes, with all our loving hearts and remembering mind, we all Ethiopians, the brothers and sisters of all those who sascrified their irriplaceable lives to the motherland and to the inevitable democracy that will come real and true, we shall keep their courage and determination going stronger and stronger.

    The ant-Ethiopia regime, with not doubt shall become the residue of history. The fight for our right shall be shining and brightining until and beyond victory.

    Long live the sons and daughters of Ethiopia!!!


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