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Revolution at the seat of the African Union headquarters

By Kiflu Hussain

African thieves at the AU meeting in Addis AbabaRight at this time, most of our African commanders-in-thug have assembled in my hometown, Addis Ababa. Imagine how these thugs would panic if Ethiopians suddenly rise up in unison like the Tunisians and Egyptians. The thugs would automatically abandon their comrade-in-thug, Meles Zenawi. By the way, Ethiopians are not new to making an earth shaking revolution. Had it not been hijacked by the military, in 1974 Ethiopians nearly made history. In 2005, Ethiopians again manifested their civility and maturity to embrace genuine democracy. Unfortunately, due to the egocentricity of the opposition leadership combined with the ever hegemonic geopolitical interest of the West, Ethiopians aspiration faced a temporary setback. Meanwhile, commensurate with the worsening repression by the Zenawi regime, Ethiopian’s anger is also simmering. It’s only waiting for the proverbial last straw or a tiny spark to galvanize it into a huge revolutionary ball of fire.

Just like I get exasperated at the apparent submission of our people to tyranny, a Ugandan journalist friend of mine texted me:

While Tunisians and Egyptians bring their governments down by protests, Ugandans protest by keeping quiet and Ethiopians and Eritreans protest by fleeing their country in thousands!”

To which I replied by concurring fully. On second thought, however, I changed my mind at least on Uganda and Ethiopia. Both in Uganda and Ethiopia, the public had shown its readiness for change and anger against tyranny. In 2007, I witnessed the Mabira demonstration in Uganda. In September 2009, I was in the thick of the Buganda uprising. It’s always the intellectual elite that lag behind the ordinary people’s aspiration for mere crumbs from the establishment. With the pervasive abject poverty vis-à-vis the obscene riches of the few, raging anger is everywhere.

Tolstoy warned long ago by pointing out:

Insurrection is a machine that makes no noise.”

How true! Even CIA and Mossad couldn’t detect the raging contagious revolution in North Africa. So imagining a revolution in Addis Ababa at this time is not that much of a wishful thinking.

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3 thoughts on “Revolution at the seat of the African Union headquarters

  1. The Hileselassie regime was for ethiopia comparing any after
    the 1974 revolution was a very poplar revolution by the way
    but that was a very foolish thing to do even though haileselassie
    made so much mistake it was bad like derg or woyannnnnnee
    look what happens after hailselassie so much poverty and killing
    in the name of GOVT if Haileselassie use power like woyane he could still stay in power but did not choose that instead he got
    killed like an animal look at mingistu he left and his comrades are still alive there was no answer for all the killing mengistu did
    and here comes woyanee another killing machine am sure tomorrow they will all fled whenever place they could find and we
    as a sosiaty will never learn from good or bad …

  2. I like this very much. Yes u write i do not know what to say about ethiopians. I understand so much happned after king hailselasie. But that should not scare us for ever. What we got going out of our country. We became slaves in other way. So it is better if we unite and protest to rescue our country.

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