Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Washington DC Rally Denounces Expulsion of U.S. Groups from Ethiopia

Ethiopians in the United States will stage a rally in Washington DC to protest against government expulsions of three U.S. democracy groups and the rising tide of government attacks on members of the opposition parties in Ethiopia, rally organizers have announced in a press release.

Supporters of the popular opposition United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), a coalition of 14 opposition parties, reported the April 27 rally would also call for US Congress members to expedite the passage of Hr 935, a bill if endorsed would enable the U.S. Congress to monitor Ethiopian elections would be free and fair.

Concerned by the growing popularity of the opposition parties, the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has continued to harass, imprison and kill opposition party supporters in various parts of the country. Such crimes are committed in the company of sudden expulsion orders of democracy groups from the U.S. and a senior election observer from the European Union.

The Ethiopians called for legal action against the perpetrators of state-sponsored crimes, the release of imprisoned opposition activists, and the return of expelled groups to Ethiopia.


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