A single party (Front), known as the TPLF has been fully in control of the country since 1991 after seizing power by violent means. In the last 26 years of its repressive rule, the TPLF regime has never been willing to create a conducive atmosphere for fruitful engagement and a genuine political dialogue with all stakeholders in the country. This blog is mainly focused on raising awareness, driving change and creating impact for the realization of a genuine multiparty democracy in Ethiopia.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Plot against Journalist Abebe Gelaw foiled: ESAT
By De Birhan January 08, 2012
Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT) today reported that the
"American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has aborted a plot by
Ethiopian regime agents to kill Journalist Abebe Gelaw". Abebe is based in
the United States. The Radio Station also added that the suspected plotters who
are believed to be members of the core of the ruling party Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary
Democratic Front (EPRDF), Tigrean Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF) are now
under investigation by U.S. authorities.
Speaking to the Radio,
Abebe said the plot was set "to shoot him" when he was travelling to
Boston last month on a Fund raising trip for ESAT. "The planner of the
plot is called Geu'sh Abera and he was plotting with few other friends who live
in the same building with him in Boston" Abebe said. "FBI had
information about the plot and took the right measure which aborted the plot."
The Radio added. Abebe told the Radio that investigators also went to the
suspect's home and conducted investigation. The investigation is still
underway. The Radio promised to air short interviews it held with an FBI
representative and Gregory H. Stanton,
President – Genocide Watch tomorrow. Abebe himself just wrote the following on his Facebook page with ESAT TV's
report on the issue,
"Yes, it is true! FBI has foiled an assassination plot against me
in Boston. The plot, orchestrated by the agents of the TPLF regime, was nipped
in the bud. Here in America, the land of the free, we have two powerful weapons
against lawless thugs and terrorists. We have the law and the truth on our
side. TPLF cannot stand these powerful weapons when the need arises."
''The cross-boarder assassination behavior of TPLF is a long standing story where they murdered thousands of Ethiopians" read a comment by another person on a social media after this news was broadcast.
became popular after this (footage below) popular incident when he loudly
protested and interrupted the late Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi's speech on food security held on the sideline of the G8
summit at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on Friday, May 18, 2012.
Journalist Abebe loudly protested saying "Meles Zenawi is a
Dictator! You are committing crimes against humanity. We need freedom! Free
Eskinder Nega and all political Prisoners in Ethiopia" Meles Zenawi then
bows down in shame and fear for a while before he continued his talk. Meles
Zenawi died a couple of months after this incident. Abebe said in an interview
later that he was threatened by one of the Prime Minister's bodyguards who said
he "will kill him". While Abebe was considered as a "Hero"
by many who oppose the regime, he was labeled an "enemy" by
supporters and members of the regime. Abebe is also among a number of Ethiopian
journalists accused of "terrorism" and was sentenced to 15 years in absentia
in July last year.
has won various international awards and fellowships such from Reuters
Foundation, Knight Fellowship and Human Rights Watch (HRW). After completing
his undergraduate degree at the Addis Abeba University, Abebe worked in various
private and State English newspapers before he was exiled in London, U.K. in
1998. Stanford University had designated Abebe the 2008-2009 Yahoo
International Fellow, the third journalist to receive the honour. Abebe
in May 2006. He is also one of the founders and staff of the Ethiopian
Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT).