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Nile| OLF sympathizers rally in Cairo, oppose Renaissance dam

Posted by Ethio Tribune on June 10, 2013

(By Daniel Berhane)

Dozens of Ethiopians staged a demonstration in front of Ethiopia’s Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, according to eye witnesses’ report.

The sources indicated that the demonstrators held banners that claim “we are Oromos not Ethiopians”; holding flags and wearing t-shirts bearing OLF’s emblem.

Protesters in Cairo holding flags of OLF & Egypt on June 6, 2013 in Cairo

Protesters in Cairo holding flags of OLF & Egypt – in Cairo [Photo by Danielberhane’s Blog assistant in Cairo].

OLF (Oromo liberation Front) is a terrorist group backed by Eritrea and implicated by a United Nation report for its role in a foiled attempt to bomb an African Union summit in 2010.

The protesters also held Egypt’s flag.

The sources provided this blog with a photo of the demonstrators. (See on the photo on the right)

In a related news, the Egyptian website Ahram reported an Ethiopian demonstration was held at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo. The website reported that:

Abdel-Kader Goumy, one of the protesters, told Al-Ahram’s Arabic language news website that the Renaissance Dam is intended to generate electricity, and, as such, there is no reason it should be built on the Nile, rather than on Ethiopia’s other rivers.

“The [Oromo] tribe supports Egypt’s right not to be adversely affected [by the dam]… Addis Ababa is not in need of water, rather it aims to build the dam for political purposes,” he added….

Protesters lifted Egyptian and Ethiopian flags, declaring their refusal to support a dam that will “damage Egypt and will not help Ethiopia.”

It is to be recalled that Elias Kifle, owner of EthiopianReview and former diaspora liaison of the pro-Eritrea group EPPF [Ethiopian People Patriotic Front], wrote an open letter on May 31 claiming that:

“Any government that represents the interest of Ethiopia would not try to dam the Nile when the country has many other underutilized rivers we can dam for electricity and irrigation purposes economically and in an environmentally safe way.

I would like Egyptians to know that the people of Ethiopia are not threatening your survival. We have not been consulted about the project, and we do not support it.”

Similarly, Professor Alemayehu Gebremariam (Al-Mariam), board member of the Ginbot-7 backed media ESAT, wrote a pro-Egyptian article last March ridiculing the Renaissance dam – which is a dream of several generations – in the following words:

What will Egypt will do if Meles’ “Grand Renaissance Dam” is in fact built? “Simple.” They will use dam busters to smash and trash it……

Meles [Zenawi]’s legacy could indeed be a water war of death and destruction on the Nile, but he will never have a cement monument built on the Nile to celebrate his life. Meles’ disciples would be wise to remember an old prophesy as they march headlong to build their doomsday dam on the Nile: “God gave Noah the Rainbow Sign: No more water. The fire next time!”

3 Responses to “Nile| OLF sympathizers rally in Cairo, oppose Renaissance dam”

  1. Anonymous said

    May God give the heart he desires and they need to be part of ethiopia not with the enemies long live ethiopia

  2. Adane Deresse said

    ታሪክ ራሱን ይደግማል ሲባል ኣይገባኝም ነበር…አሁን ገና ገባኝ…አጼ ዮሃንስና ራስ አሉላ ጉንደት እና ዶጋሊ ላይ ከግብጾች ጋር ሲዋደቁ የግብጾች ተላላኪ ነበሩ…እንዲሁም ከጣልያን ጋር ተዋግታው ድል ካደረጉ በሁላ….”የሞቱባችሁን ወታደሮች የምበቀልበት መሳሪያ ስጡኝ” ያሉ ንጉስም ነበሩ….ምን ይገርማል…ትላንት ድል እንዳደረግናቸው ዛሬም እንደግመዋለን…ታሪክ ራሱን ይደግማልና

  3. Anonymous said

    አባይ ለመገደብ በሳል እና በዲፕሎማሲ ጥረት ያልተገደበ የሰከነ አእሙረዊ ጥበብ ፈሶበታል ይሁን እንጂ አንዳንድ መቃወም እና ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ለይተው የማያዉቁ ኢትዮጵያዉያን ነን ባዮች ግን ቅጥረኞች በሚሉን ሳንደናበር ሁለንተናዊ ድጋፋችን በመስጠት በተባበረ ክንዳችን ለፍፃሜ እናበቃዋለን::

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