Call to Action: Rally to demand President Obama Cancel his trip to Ethiopia

Call to Action: Rally to demand President Obama Cancel his trip to Ethiopia 

By DC Joint Task Force

In the aftermath of flawed elections in which the authoritarian TPLF tyrants declared 100% victory after slaughtering civilians, incarcerating journalists and decimating any credible opposition, Obama’s planned trip to Ethiopia is a mockery of democracy, a blatant expression of contempt for the oppressed people of Ethiopia, and an affirmation of his administration’s hypocrisy and obscene lack of respect for the very principles upon which the US constitution are founded.

The egregious violations of all known rules of good governance and democratic principles by the authoritarian regime in Ethiopia are well documented.

In a recent report Amnesty International acknowledged receiving “a number of reports concerning the deaths of political opposition figures in suspicious circumstances, as well as of a pattern of human rights violations against political opposition parties throughout the election period.”

Earlier, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) acknowledged the refusal of the authoritarian regime in Ethiopia to abide by its recommendations for free and fair elections and decided not to send observers to monitor the flawed elections.

In its January report, Human Rights Watch  noted: “The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of the May 2015 general elections.  … At least 60 journalists have fled their country since 2010, while at least another 19 languish in prison. The government has shut down dozens of publications and controls most television and most radio outlets.”

Despite these and other concrete pieces of evidence about the totalitarian nature of the ethnic-based regime in Ethiopia, the Obama administration has repeatedly expressed its ignorance of the deteriorating human rights condition in that country, and directly gave encouragement to the dictators in power to intensify their abuse of human rights and deviance from good governance.  We all recall the shameful remark made in April by State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman, when she arrogantly asserted: “Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair and credible.”

Over the years, the people of Ethiopia have hopelessly watched with dismay how, in the name of security cooperation, successive US administrations have disregarded their plights, and emboldened the tyrants with billions of dollars in aid, and with diplomatic and military support. However, to date no other US President has had the disgrace to openly embrace the crimes of the tyrants with a trip to the city of Addis Ababa whose streets are awash with the blood of peaceful protesters, human rights activists, and opposition leaders.

Obama’s planned trip has predictably sent shockwaves among his Ethiopian-American supporters who had believed him when he declared:  “… just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter or forget our principles.”

It is now time for all genuine Ethiopians and others who stand for justice, freedom and democracy to rise in unity and demonstrate their revulsion, frustration and anger against the latest affront by this administration.

We call upon all Ethiopians and other pro-democracy groups and individuals to wage peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C., turning the upcoming 32nd Annual Sports and Cultural Event to be held in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area from June 28 to July 4, 2015, as an opportunity to remember the victims of tyranny, to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Ethiopia, and to denounce the misguided policy of the Obama administration toward Ethiopia.

Let us all join the Washington Post and echo its admonition:  “Mr. Obama’s visit to Ethiopia sends the wrong message on democracy!

The Protest Day
July 3rd 2015 at 9:00 AM
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW