When the evening guests of honor Artist and Activist Tamagne Beyene, Activist Shambel Belayneh, Journalist Dawit Kebede and Activist Teklemichael Abebe (Tekle), also the eveningthe Chairman of the ESAT Atlanta chapter, Getachew Legesse, stated that Ethiopians view ESAT as genuine source of information and called upon the attendees to stand behind fully support of such young media.
The epicenter of the whole program for the night was addressed by no other than the renowned and ever inspiring human rights activist, Tamagne Beyene.
Tamagne with his wit and exceedingly unique ability of eloquence reminded his audience from the get go that he normally possesses two different types of badges.... a badge of entertaining persona in one hand and the logo that puts him at the forefront of civil right activism, on the other.
In a well-documented and methodically prepared presentation, the ever altruistic activist Tamagne illustrated the extent of repression and tyrannical rule of Meles Zenawi that forced hundreds and hundreds of intellectuals in all fields of professions flee the country and currently leading an exile life style the world over.
According to his
study, more than 41 academicians, out of whom 22 are PHD holders and 26 well trained and experienced air force pilots are but some of the professionals who left Ethiopia
What is most appalling is the systematic obliteration of the entire Ethiopian Air Force unit only to be replaced by ill-trained personnel derived from one single minority ethnic group.
pointed out that dictator Meles dismantled the air force and stacked it with "officers" of his
choice contrary to what he
promised in a televised speech to the Ethiopian people at the early stage of coming to power.
recalled that the tyrant Zenawi addressing the Ethiopian people at the time said: the people of Ethiopia
will decide on the type of the military that Ethiopia
would set up, which of course was soon proved to be only a means to strength his
own political power.
Addressing the current controversial statue of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, erected at the center of the newly inaugurated African Union Building in Addis Ababa, in lieu of the late Emperor Haile Selassie, who is mostly known as "the father of Africa" by the rest of the world, Tamagne
stated that Woyane dictators feel uncomfortable and in fact hate to see any memorabilia that brings the name Ethiopia
to the surface, which in most cases the name Haile Selassie equates to that of Ethiopia.
Referring to the infamous policy of land grab in Ethiopia by foreigners, Tamagne cunningly posed a question: "aren't the Amharas closer to possess farm land than Indian investors?"