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Posted November 9, 2012 in News
 
 

Remembrance candle light vigil


Remembrance candle light vigil will hold on Sunday November 18, 2012 at Ethiopian community compound for anniversary of Activist Yenesew Gebre and 7th year 2005 election massacred victims, starting from 16:00. Yenesew Gebre  was 29-year-old school teacher who burned himself to death in November, 2011 in protest to the worsening human rights violations in Ethiopia and in 2005 Ethiopian election more than 200 civilian and children were massacred by the direct order of dictator Melese Zenawie and we will remember those fellow Ethiopians who gave their lives for their right to vote and for their vote to be counted .

Let’s come together to remember our hero Yenesew Gebre and victims of 2005 Ethiopian Election Massacre.

Yenesew Gebre

The activist (Yenesew Gebre) walked out from the town meeting at Dawro which is in the southern part of Ethiopia, and addressed to the public: “I want to show to all that death is preferable than a life without justice and liberty and I call upon my fellow compatriots to fear nothing and rise up to wrest freedom and our rights from the hands of the local and national tyrants.” Then he set fire on himself  and after a few days with lack of proper medical treatments he died for the noble propose that he believed.

Brief Bio: The activist Teacher

Born in Jimma, Yenesew spent much of his teens in Dawro Zone, where his elder half-sister Tadelech Bekele lives. After completing high school, he joined the Awassa Teacher Training College. During the 2005 national elections, his passion for change and activism shined in Awasa. He proved to be an orator and organizer. But his activism attracted unwanted attention from local officials and TPLF’s secret agents, who blacklisted Yenesew and other activists.

Yenesew was said to be exceptionally well-rounded. Close friends and relatives unanimously say that he was a highly intelligent, conscientious, articulate and well-read young man. Though he used to teach English language at Tercha Technical and Vocational College, he was fired around two years ago, reportedly due to his strong political convictions and critical views. Losing his job in one of the poorest communities in Southern Ethiopia, had obviously been a depressing challenge that seriously affected and outraged him.

A former teacher of the late Yenesew, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says that he was not only conscientious but also one of the most outstanding students he has ever taught. Yenesew was an activist in the Waka movement, which was mainly triggered by the injustice and oppression that ethnic Dawros felt at the hands of local and regional officials (From a bio by Abebe Gellaw).

Victims of 2005 Ethiopian Election Massacre

On May 15, 2005, over 26 million Ethiopians voted peacefully to elect their leaders. As the results started to come in, showing a landslide victory for the opposition party, Meles Zenawi went on TV and declared a state of emergency. He also ordered re-votes in several districts where members of his party went down in defeat, banned political rallies, and unleashed his killers against peaceful citizens who protested his attempt to steal the election.

When the Addis Ababa Police showed restraint, Meles ordered all of them to be disarmed, and gave the Federal Police and his personal army, the Agazi, a shoot-to-kill order.

The Agazi and Federal Police snipers from roof tops and military trucks gunned down young, hundreds of unarmed protesters with 50 caliber rifles. Over 50,000 students and other individuals were rounded up and sent to concentration camps in remote parts of the country. All senior members of the opposition CUD were arrested. All the private presses were shut down.

The 2005 election massacre was one of the darkest moments in the history of Ethiopia.