Posted 23rd June 2008
Abbay Media Staff,
LONDON; Yesterday, Sunday 22 June 08, Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy held a successful meeting in the UK. Hundreds of Ethiopians attended this first Ginbot 7 meeting in London. Higher officials of the movement, Dr Berhanu Nega and Ato Andargachew Tsige were present to address the public. This is the third meeting in the past week of the European tour by Dr Berhanu Nega.
After opening the meeting with a minute silence for the martyrs of democracy in Ethiopia, opening speeches were given and preceded to questions and answers session, which lead to various interesting discussions regarding the movement and the current political situation in Ethiopia.
To put to rest the misconception held by some guests at the meeting that “Ginbot 7 Movement is the result of the crises within Kinijit”, the speakers explained why that is not the case and elaborated in great length on the true reasons behind the formation of the movement.
Ato Andargachew Tsige and Dr Berhanu addressed the guests and clarified the fundamental reason behind the need and creation of the movement, by referring to nature of TPLF’s stubborn and dictatorial political attitude towards political oppositions parties and the entire Civic Organizations. After considerably re-analyzing the current TPLF’s regime stance and the open dictatorship unveiled in the country since the post 2005 elections, Dr Berhanu and Ato Andargachew explained why, together with their colleagues came to the conclusion of the need for a movement which will employ all kinds and means of struggle to reach its stated goal of realizing a democratic governance in Ethiopia. To find out more on the reasons refer to the 14th May 2008 press release and the program of the movement available at www.ginbot7.org .
All though the event was simply to introduce the movement to the general public, at the end of the meeting guests voluntarily requested and contributed to the movement. It was also announced that major fundraising events in London and around the World would be announced in the near future.
Ethiopians in London expressed their commitments to support the Ginbot 7 movement.
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