Portrait of Ethiopian anti-fascist martyr & Patriarch of the Orthodox church auctioned for more than $20 000
The auction was held last Saturday (February 09, 2013) at a fund-raising event held for the Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT) here in Stockholm in the presence of hundreds of Ethiopians and origin of Ethiopians who reside in Sweden; Ethiopia’s famous comedian turn out human-rights activist Tamagne Beyene; Swedish journalist Martin Schibbye and other members of the Swedish parliament. According to the organizers, in addition to the auction, tens of thousands of Swedish Kronor was raised from the sale of food, drinks and tombola. The event was officiated with leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian & Muslim churches respectively urged the audience to work and pray in unison to bring the desired change in Ethiopia. Mr. Beyene who has led the event on his part stressed the importance of supporting ESAT which he said is the only media outlet which serves every group regardless of their religious, ethnological, political differences. In his presentation, Mr. Beyene showed the brutality and barbaric of nature of the TPLF (Tigray Liberation Front) regime Ethiopia against millions of innocent citizens. He further said Ethiopians at home and abroad have a duty to support ESAT, the only independent media which was established by few patriotic Ethiopians a three years ago and has become a voice to millions of voiceless and defenseless Ethiopians who are being subjected to daily repression, extrajudicial imprisonment and killings.
Mesfin, Negash, the 2012 Human Rights Watch’s award winner and managing editor of Addisneger online newspaper, on his part condoned the ever increasing repression which continues to touch every sector of the society in Ethiopia and called upon all Ethiopians to discharge their national duty by assisting ESAT, one of the few Ethiopian independent diaspora medias which are trying to expose TPLF’s crimes against humanity, freedom of expression and other human-rights violations.
Ahmed Ali, another exiled Ethiopian journalist who has been serving at an Ethiopian diaspora radio station based in Stockholm for the last two decades, underscored that the dictatorial regime which has been in power for twenty-one years is now a days knocking on every Ethiopians’ door with terror, harassment and abuse. He urged fellow citizens at home and abroad to unify by setting aside their religious, lingual, political and other backgrounds to assist ESAT’s effort to achieve its goals. Carina Hägg Representative of the Swedish Social Democrats Party on her part expressed her solidarity with all Ethiopians who are fighting against tyrannical regime in Ethiopia.
Martin Schibbye, the Swedish journalist who was guest of honor at the event and released last September after fourteen months incarceration from Ethiopian prison jokingly told ESAT that his colleague and cellmate Johan Persson and him are on “cease fire agreement” with the Ethiopian regime as they are working around the clock to finish their book which chronicles their harrowing ordeal and other human-rights abuses in Ethiopia.
This fund-raising event which stayed until midnight was concluded by awarding honorary medallions to Tamagne Beyene and his family members as well as individuals and members of the fund-raising committee for their outstanding effort to realize the event. Beyene left Sweden on Sunday morning to continue his tour in other European cities which among other include Oslo, Amsterdam and Munich.