Commemoration events for the Ethiopian election massacre 5th anniversary were held Washington DC, and several cities around the world on November 7, 2010.
Silent prayer for the martyrs of Election 2005 – Sunday, November 7, 2010
The special remembrance event in Washington DC was broadcast live via video and audio. The event was held at the Washington Marriott Hotel starting at 2 PM.
The program was opened by Artist Tamagne Beyene who made an opening statement and showed a short video about the terror campaign that was unleashed against the World Bank-financed blood-thirsty dictatorship in Ethiopia following the May 2005 election.
Tamagne then introduced the guest speakers Judge Frehiwot Samuel, Dr Aklog Birara, Ato HaileGebriel Ayalew, Ato Henock Yeshitila, Dr Berhanu Nega, and Dr Gregory Stanton.
The first to speak was Judge Frehiwot Samuel, who asked why those who are accountable for the atrocities of June and November 2005 are still allowed to still roam freely.
Dr Aklog Birara discussed that Ethiopians must take matters into their own hands by waging a campaign boycotts such as rerouting remittances so that the hard currency is not used by the Meles dictatorship. He urged every Ethiopian to engage in civic actions that will help bring change in Ethiopia.
As a witness to the post-May 2005 elections massacre, Dr Berhanu Nega gave a firsthand account of Woyanne’s savagery.
Genocide Watch President Dr Gregory Stanton told the audience that Ethiopia, a country with rich history and long civilization, is currently ruled by a barbaric government. He urged Ethiopians in the Diaspora to get organized and work to remove the Meles dictatorship, pointing out that they could be a powerhouse for bringing change in Ethiopia. He also advised the tracking and registering of all Meles regime officials who are engaged in atrocities because there will come a time when they must face justice. He warned that the Meles apartheid dictatorship is hurting Tigreans more than any other ethnic group in the long term by fostering resentment toward them.
Similar events were held in several places around the world, including Seattle, Toronto, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Dallas, London, Stockholm, Cologne, Munich, and Melbourne.
In Ethiopia, due to the Meles regime’s repression, such events are not possible.