Hundreds of Ethiopians residing in the UK have condemned the Meles regime for engaging in massive and widespread vote rigging in numerous constituencies in many parts of the countryside.
In a peaceful demonstration they staged opposite Downing Street, the hub of the British government, the protesters demanded the TPLF-led government to accept the will and democratic verdict of the people. They called for an immediate end to what they called the “highly orchestrated efforts of the ruling party to reverse and derail the democratic process set in motion by the determination of the people to remove the tyrannical ethnic mafia led by Meles Zenawi through ballot boxes.”
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Blair, the protestors urged the British government to exert its influence on the Meles regime to respect the results of the elections and swallow the bitter pills of defeat. “In the immediate aftermath of the elections, it turned out that the ruling party has completely lost control of the Addis Ababa and other towns. In the event, the ruling party resorted to numerous illegal and criminal activities to forcefully reverse the results of the election in its favour” the letter stated.
It indicated that Ethiopia is at a historical crossroads. It also noted: “The entire country is now in a state of high tensions,” and denounced the state of emergency imposed by Meles Zenawi as a desperate tactic to suppress resistance and opposition to the election fraud.