The Woyanne dictatorial regime today has arrested UDJ chairperson Birtukan Mideksa and attacked Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam, according to sources in Addis Ababa.
The attack on UDJ leaders came after the Federal Police gave Wzt. Birtukan 3 days to retract a statement she made in Sweden last month about not apologizing before being released from jail in July 2007.
It seems this is a gimmick since other former Kinijit leaders had said similar things. On top of that, the 4-page open later Birtukan released yesterday about the Federal Police’s ultimate is an indirect admission. She also wrote a letter yesterday to Aba Gebremedhin (formerly Aba Paulos) and Pastor Daniel.
By this action, Woyanne is succeeding in diverting the focus away from its retreat in defeat from Somalia, the recent genocidal attacks in Oganden where over 40 civilians were gunned down in one day, the unjust conviction of Teddy Afro, and other crimes it is committing.
Birtukan is the weakest of all the opposition figures in Ethiopia as far as criticizing the brutal dictatorship, but it is taking such measures against her knowing that it will create more news and deflect attention from the other issues mentioned above.
The attack on Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam is also a gimmick, since he has been preaching about taking soft stand toward Woyanne, such as not even calling the murderous gang an “enemy.” He has also been inactive as a UDJ executive committee member.
Once against, the opposition is walking to the tune played by Meles and gang.
Read Birtukan’s pathetic letter here.