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The party was founded by Berhanu ...
The party was founded by Berhanu Nega, who was elected mayor of Addis Ababa in 2005.
Refusing to accept the result, the prime minister, Meles Zenawi, declared a state of emergency, which was followed by days of protest and clashes on the streets of the capital.
Berhanu Nega was jailed, and founded Ginbot 7 on his release.
Berhanu Nega, ...
Berhanu Nega, Ph.D.
Chairman Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice Freedom and Democracy
16 Moreover, in recent years, massive ...
16 Moreover, in recent years, massive protests by the Blue Party opposition group and Muslim groups, have ended in deaths, repression, and state violence.17 Finally, in November, a 166-page report on the plight of the Oromo people in Ethiopia was released.18 Concluding that the Oromo people have suffered "sweeping" repression in Ethiopia, the report detailed that between 2011 and 2014, more than 5000 Oromos have been arrested based on their opposition to the government, with the majority of those arrested being peaceful protestors or members of opposition parties.19 Looking towards the 2015 elections, Berhanu Nega, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University and former leader of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy in Ethiopia, asserts that the Ethiopian government can "never have free and fair elections.
Specifically, according to Nega,
"[t]he reason why there's so much repression, the reason why there's so much muzzling of the press, the reason why the Ethiopian government is arresting opposition figures inside the country is precisely because they know that this is a despised government.
James Butty VOA Exiled Ethiopian ...
James Butty VOA Exiled Ethiopian opposition leader Dr. Berhanu Nega is an associate professor of economics at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania One of the men sentenced to death Tuesday by an Ethiopian court said ...
Ethiopia says arrests 35 coup plotters - Ethiopia Insight
Berhanu Nega calls for a 'by any means' struggle
"I'm very suspicious that there was an attempt at
all," said Berhanu Nega during an interview at his
home outside of Lewisburg in north-central
Berhanu was elected mayor of capital Addis Ababa after parliamentary elections in 2005 but was jailed when the opposition disputed the government's victory.
Police and soldiers killed about 200 opposition protestors in street violence that followed the poll.
Berhanu and other opposition leaders were released in a 2007 pardon after which he went to the United States to teach economics at Bucknell University in Philadelphia.
collected money for them in the United States, he
Berhanu's organisation 'May 15th' is named after the date of the 2005 poll.
has made statements in the United States saying it wants to violently overthrow the government.
Birtukan Mideksa, the 34-year-old leader of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice party (UDJ), was jailed in December for allegedly violating the terms of the pardon that led to her
release along with Berhanu
The government granted permission for 250 opposition members to march through Addis last week to demand her
release in the first political protests since the violence in 2005.
Many of the marchers were former political allies of Berhanu