By Yelfiwos Wondaya
The Red Terror in Ethiopia was a reign of terror; a mass execution conducted by Mengistue’s government and carried out by political cadres and Kebeles across the nation. It was a crime committed against humanity and still is fresh in the hearts and minds of all Ethiopians. And yet the hirelings responsible for carrying out the terror campaign against victims are not brought to justice yet. Instead here they are hounding the same victims (generation) with no regret what so ever. And yet here we have a lawyer at law in the west tending to representing them in a court of law against victims. Is defending their crimes against humanity able to be justified by any standards be it in the west or anywhere else? Sounds like more of defying moral principles, the principles we all supposed to abide by. Much to our disgust, however, we are compelled to reply to a person with little or no experience at all about red terror and its negative impacts. Though it is evident that he has no clue how dreadful the Red Terror has been which is why he is insensitive and pitiless about it. Worst of all, he joins the hirelings in their attempt by overriding the rights and privileges of Red Terror victims just to make nothing but cheap polemical score against some quarters. What a lawyer!! You may not be familiar with the view of that time, the mission was to fight back and to cripple the repressive junta and replace it with some broadly based coalition government. ” occupy Addis Ababa was fighting back” I suppose I am speaking your language to help you understand what the victims had done then against Mengistu and collaborators. Selfless generation, selfless is another word you may not understand but that was and still is what our generation is all about. It fought back in defense just to reverse the terror campaign unleashed against it and citizens of all walks of life in Ethiopia. Besides, a child killer who lost the war in disgrace could not have any morale ground to accuse or convict a victim of his own success and would not be allowed to hire any trial lawyer either if indeed the lawyer himself is legally and morally bound. With all due respect, though Dr. and nameless journalists across the isle, can you justify the cruel acts and deeds of the bloody butchers, aimed at massacring the youth, and the public at large? Cadres and kebelle officers were licensed none other than by Mengistu’s authorities to kill the generation. As a result, Mengistu deserves nothing but being put on trial for murdering the entire generation and be prosecuted by the court of law. Defending him or defending not won’t matter for him or his hirelings since he is in exile and they are in disarray. All of them are running scared, join them if you will. While in power, however, Mengistu together with his hirelings were pledged to eliminate the entire youth and have done so, so to speak and that is what their history appears to be in a few words. The Bloody Butchers! Come what may, we shall never forget our history and must be told as it is now and as well must be passed down to the generation yet to come.
Yes, history has it that that nearly every family in Ethiopia was behind EPRP. The party that all cynics hate to hear from had a total confidence in its ability to organize the youth and had enjoyed the support of the vast majority of Ethiopian people as opposed to those paid hirelings and doubting Thomases. In fact, EPRP did not take him long to become big and wide in Ethiopian political landscape. EPRP moved swiftly and of course with a great deal of organizing skill and became a nightmare for DERG in no time. EPRP proposed a Transitional Government comprising different factions of different views including the DERG itself and the entire civil and professional organizations like ETA and others to take place in Addis. On the other hand, DERG ignored the call and had set up its own PMAC single handedly. Meaning it ignored the call of the EPRP and of the youth at large and instead it had formed its own PMAC (Provisional Military Administrative Council) and continued to control the nation as a whole following a coup d’état it carried out against Hilesslase. And then the so-called PMAC (the Provisional Military Administrative Council) had formed SEDED and WOSELEAGUE as political wings under its own command. The so-called SEDED and WOSE LEAGUE became DERG’s political wings overnight. Eventually, though both SEDED and WOSE LEAGUE happened to be at the core of DERG”S political helm and continued to train new recruits and expanded the operations of their own political units across the country. And in next to no time, MESON, ECHAT, and MALERED followed the series to join the club and had begun to slay the generation thereafter. Realistically, though the EPRP and the Youth were highly motivated by the lofty notion of Democracy, Land to the Tiller, unity based on equality and social-justice for all as opposed to that of hirelings’ falsified publications against the EPRP. On the contrary however, Hirelings were motivated not by freedom but by money and power trip which are menial and unpleasant cause so to speak for one to die for. As a result, the sphere of EPRP’S influence became invasive and persistent in terms of winning the hearts and minds of the Broad mass. At the end of the day, however, hirelings realized that the pervasive nature of the moment led by the EPRP was beyond them to control. Wasn’t that the reason why they became green-eyed and resentful and continue to be bitter about the same party called EPRP to this date? Be that as it may, the party that made all cynics felt devoid of love and grace had won the general level of confidence and optimism and mobilized the public at large and became far more formidable than the Military Regime and its hirelings altogether. That was when the entire gang of mass murders felt that the EPRP was embraced by the public at large and had gained far more superior willpower than their article of faith and direction as well. That was also when DERG had grown to be wary and nervous about the development it was forced to accept. Indeed, the sustained political advance of the EPRP and the youth was not that easy for the military junta to ignore. So given that EPRP was highly embraced by the public at large, was there any reason why the Dr. in question and the former MESON member to defend Mengistu by the name of the free press freedom? The former MESON member would not have to come to the point where he would say something against the EPRP and affiliates on behalf of anybody at all. The paranoid tendency rooted from DERGE’S character; a character it basically inherited from his combatant profession and post became evident when it employed an excessive force against the youth and has done all it can to destroy our generation. Literally though DERG began to take an arbitrary action against whoever it thought was against him without provocation. Afterward, the Military Junta in cooperation with those sub-groupings clustered beneath him under the umbrella of EMALEDH, including the former MESON cadre were also suspicious of any movement around them. They were totally shattered with fear of becoming secluded from the community and family of their own. Obviously though they knew that the EPRP’s popularity was beyond them to avert. Worst of all, they even became more insane when learned that EPRP’S infiltrators inflicted every center of operation they were in to conduct their reign of terror against the public in general and the EPRP in particular. You see, folks in this case it was the people in general and the EPRP in particular that put a match to the burning oil and ignited the Revolution across the land of Ethiopia. Consequently, turbulence among the youth, the intellectuals, workers and the peasants across the country reached a new pitch. It was due to this momentum though DERG launched a bloody campaign called Red Terror against the entire generation including the workers, the peasants, the educators, teachers and students across the country. I do not know how the former cadre of MESON made it and came out of the blue moon to defend the defenseless against victims today.
After all, power was what the junta was falling in love with and the cadres were out there serving the powerhouse of DERG. The child killers were hired to follow DERG”S Loyal Order to kill the children and as well they were a core group assigned to control the community for the same Military Junta the Dr. in question had not been part of but defending it now. A Military Junta that merely knew how to hunt and kill its opponents, and the CADRES’ main line of duty was also nothing but stifling the voice of the public by guarding against the activities of the youth and of the EPRP. But to their disappointment, every which way the killers happened to spin around not only the humans, the birds and every moving creature in the land of Ethiopia were there to protest against their cruelty. As a result, the junta together with its several sub-groupings had grown to hate their ugly mirror-image when compared it with that of EPRP’S grace. The good reputation, the high opinion and the good name of the EPRP won him recognition all over while the discarded and deprived cadres that the junta happened to fall in line with were became completely rootless. Be my witness former MESON member! You were too weak to keep on harassing and irritating the hostile youth in every frightening neighborhood in which you were once treated as cynic and agnostic of the time. Isn’t that the reason why you became extinct along with the system you built in? Answer me if you can Mr. Former MESON member.
Shortly after DERG brought the cynics together with the pretext of unity under the umbrella of EMALEDIH, which EPRP then dismissed it as of no use, was turned out to be a scene of carnage. Meaning DERG himself killed, imprisoned, tortured and abused them the same exact way it did to supporters and members of the EPRP. DERG has done so all these cruelties not in self-defense or with any other extenuating circumstances recognized by law but to monopoly power. Isn’t that what happened to those foot soldiers at the end? They were hired to kill the generation by Mengistu and have been killed at the end none other than by mengistu and his regime. That is the fact! And shortly after he wiped out those who resisted its power he converted others to be ESEPA and have them served to the last minute of his time in power. I suppose Mr. Former MESON member became ESEPA member which is why I suppose he survived the Mengistu’s mass destruction. Well, for your surprise former, meson cadre, and woyane’s bootlickers, the same cadres that hired to kill the generation had been heard of saying that the EPRP & affiliates are praiseworthy for they died with their own belief and vision intact. They emulated EPRP with their own words at the end of their time. Too late! The party you continue to hate remains strong and alive to this very day. But the rest are already no more to be seen in Ethiopian political landscape no more. And yet, whoever was identified as member of anyone of those sub-groupings, and mouthpiece of the DERG as MESON, ECHAT, WOS_LEAG, SEDED Kebele Officers had been totally rejected by the mass and were totally graceless before the eyes of the entire community. And even they were subject to punishment and correction by non-other than their own family including and up to eviction. It was really more of a family matter and a neighborhood sort of link that made the movement led by EPRP unique at that point in time.
In conclusion, leave us alone Dr. in question, the former MESON member, and the bootlicker of the TPLF. Just leave us alone. The killers together with their master used the entire apparatus and resources of the nation as a whole to kill the generation indiscriminately including their own loyal recruits and outstanding generals. Although some like to refuse to go along with this true picture of our recent history, we still have to tell it as it is so to pass the true version of our history to the younger generation and the generation yet to come. It was not even one or two organizations alone that had been wronged, mistreated and prosecuted by DERG and hirelings. It was rather the entire generation including hirelings themselves suffered torture and persecution at the end. Young, old, male, female you name it were suffer Red Terror. And it is those cadres including those who are working both with the TPLF/EPRDF and the current oppositions that committed this horrendous human carnage against EPRP and the public at large. And yet, here they are running for power to carry out another round of terror campaign to finish the wounded victims. So at the end what made many former killers and hirelings more responsible is that they still are in the mood to kill the generation completely.
Justice shall prevail in the land of Ethiopia!