Ethiopia’s Own Mohamed Bouazizi: Ethiopian man burns himself to death in protest

16 Nov

 A young Ethiopian activist and teacher, Yenesew Gebre, died after he set himself on fire in Dawro, Waka, Southern Ethiopia, to protest against the injustice, corruption and atrocities the local community as well as the people of Ethiopia at large have been suffering under the brutal dictatorship of Meles Zenawi. The 29-year old Yenesew Gebre, who was a respected teacher, set himself alight on Friday, November 11, and died at Tercha Hospital on Monday, 14 November, from the severe burns he suffered, family sources told ESAT news desk.

In what appears to be a tragic climax linked with a local uprising in Waka town, which was sparked by maladministration and injustice, there have been protests in the past few weeks. As a result of the growing movement, a number of people including elders have been jailed. Yenesew was also detained for nearly a week but was released on bail pending further court hearing.

After a spate of protest rallies and a lengthy dispute between representatives of the Meles regime and the Dawro community that tried to air their grievances, a public meeting was called on Friday November 11 by senior government officials including Alemayehu Assefa, a deputy governor and political affairs chief of Southern region. It was during the meeting that Yenesew Gebre stood up and spoke out bravely telling the authorities that the people of Ethiopia have had enough of the corruption, injustice and oppression they are suffering at the hands of the Meles regime.

When security agents tried to stop him and throw him out, Yeneneh calmly started walking out of the meeting hall but he suddenly poured benzene on himself and set himself alight in front of the shocked gathering. The incident threw the meeting into total disarray and the community members at the meeting reportedly started wailing and venting out their anger at the local officials and security forces that were trying to control the situation.
According to ESAT sources, Yenesew was very angry at the injustice the people were subjected at the hands of ruling party officials. It also appears that Yenesew had been fired from his teaching position due to his political views and unswerving stand against human rights violations, tyranny and oppression.

“Yenesew clearly wanted martyrdom when he told the gathering that people should no longer suffer from tyranny and injustice. While fire was engulfing his whole body, he was calling for justice, freedom and democracy and urged people to rise up against the oppressors. He wanted martyrdom and I have no doubt that Bouazizi was on his mind when he chose to sacrifice his life for the sake of liberty and justice,” another local source who witnessed the shocking incident said.

According to close friends, Yenesew suffered great pains as a result of the burns. He was widely respected and a star teacher at his school. Well-read and highly conscience activist, Yenesew was known for raising serious issues and challenging authorities. Before he chose to follow the footsteps of Bouazizi, he was said to be one of the organizers of the peaceful protests that rocked Waka town for several days.

In a bid to quash the uprising in Dawro zone, the federal police and government secret agents have reportedly sealed off the town. The regime has cut telephone lines so as to prevent the news of Yenesew’s martyrdom from spreading across Ethiopia. ESAT will have special coverage on the Waka uprising, signaling the birth of an Ethiopian Bouazizi that wanted to inspire Ethiopians to emulate the Arab Spring toppling and crumbling entrenched dictatorial regimes in North Africa and the Middle East.

”I call upon the people of Ethiopia to immortalize Yenesew just like Tunisians have done in recognition of the sacrifice of Bouazizi. It is our time to claim our freedom,” a close friend of the martyr told ESAT.

የዳዉሮ ዋካው ኢትዮጵያዊው “ሞሃመድ ቡዐዚዝ“አረፈ

የኔሰው ገብሬ ይባላል። ዕድሜው ወደ 29 አመት ነው።ሥራው መምህር ነበር።የተወለደው በጂማ ከተማ ዉስጥ ሲሆን የአንደኛም ሆነ የ2ኛ ደረጃ ትምህርቱን የተከታተለው እዚያው ጂማ ከተማ ነበር። ከዚያም ወደ ዋካ ከተማ በመምጣት ታላቅ እህቱ ዘንድ ኑሮዉን አደረገ። ከዚያም ወደ መምህራን ኮሌጅ በመግባት በመምህርነት ሰልጥኖ በዳዉሮ ዞን ዉስጥ በተለያዩ ወረዳዎች ዉስጥ በሚገኙ ትምህርት ቤቶች እየተዛወረ በመምህርነት አገልግሏል።

መምህር የኔሰው በመምህርነት ሙያው እጅግ የተከበረ ነበር።መጻህፍት ማንበብና እውቀቱን ለማስፋት የሚያደርገው ጥረት በአካባቢው ህብረተሰብ ዘንድ የሚታወቅለት ባህርዩ ነበር። የቋንቋ ችሎታው ወደር አልነበረውም።የኔሰው የትኛዉን የትምህርት ዓይነት ነው የሰለጠነው? በሚባል መልኩ የሁለገብ እውቀት ባለቤት ነበር።
ከአንድ ወር ወዲህ የዳዉሮ ዋካ ህዝብ የመልካም አስተዳደርና የልማት ጥያቄ በየደረጃው ለመንሥስት አቅርቧል። እንዲሁም አላግባብ ግለሰቦች በሥልጣን ዘመናቸው ቦታ ተመርተው፣ቤት ገንብተውና ነግደው ለመጠቀም ሲሉ ብቻ፤ የህዝብን አደራ ወደ ጎን በመተው የወረዳ አስተዳደር እርከን የነበራትን፣አብዛኛውን የወረዳዉን ህዝብ የምታማክለዉን የዋካ ከተማ የወረዳ ርዕሰ ከተማነትን አሳጥተዋል። ስለዚህ ተግባራዊ የሆነ መፍትሄ ይሰጠን አለ ህዝቡ።

መምህር የኔሰው ሳይሆን ጥያቄዉን ያቀረበው፣ያመፀው፣አደባባይ የወጣው የዋካ ከተማና አካባቢው ነዋሪ ህዝብ ነው። አቤቱታ ለበላይ አካል አቅርባችሁብናል፤አሳጣችሁን፤የሥልጣን ዕድሜያችንን አሳጠራችሁብን፤አርፋችሁ ለምን አትገዙልንም…የሚሉ ባልሥልጣኖች የህዝብ ተወካይ የሆኑትን ያገር ሽማግሌዎችን በሙሉ ሰብስበው አሰሩ። አመጹን አቀጣጥላችሁታል በሚል በርካታ ወጣቶችም ታጎሩ። መምህር የኔሰውም አስተባባሪ ነበርክ በሚል ብቻ ያለአንዳች መረጃ ከአገር ሽማግሌዎች ጋር በቁጥጥር ሥር እንዲቆይ ተደርጎ፤ ምንም መረጃ ሊቀርብበት ባለመቻሉ ከሽማግሌዎች ጋር አብሮ ተፈቷል ።
የሰዉ በደልና ስቃይ የሚያመው፤ለፍትህና ለነፃነት የቆመ፤ ሁልጊዜ በየመድረኩ ስለ ዴሞክራሲና እኩልነት ይሚዘምር አገር ወዳድ ወጣት ነበር መ/ር የኔሰው።በኢትዮጵያ ዉስጥ የተንሰራፋው የሰብዓዊ መብት ጥሰት እንዲወገድ፤ያለአግባብ በሰው ልጆች ላይ የሚፈፀመው እስር፣እንግልት፣ዱላ የመሳሰሉ ነገሮች እንዲቆሙ፤ በየደረጃው የሚገኙት ባልሥልጣኖች የህዝብ ወገንተኝነት እንደሚጎድላቸው በአንክሮ ተናግሯል።

በ2011-11-11 ማለትም ባለፈው ዓርብ ዕለት በእስር ቤት የነበሩት ጓደኞቹ ፍርድ ቤት የሚቀርቡበት ቀን ነበርና ሁኔታዉን ለመከታተል መ/ር የኔሰውም ማረቃ ወረዳ ፍርድ ቤት ቀረበ። አላግባብ ታስረው ስለነበር ይፈታሉ የሚል ግምት ህዝቡ ነበረው። ለካስ ዳኛው ፍታቸው ተብለው አልታዘዙ ኑሯል። ሌላ የጊዜ ቀጠሮ ይሰጣሉ ዳኛው። መቼም ዳኛ ናቸው እንበልና ነው።
በዚህ ሁኔታ ፍርድ ቤት ቀርበው ሲከታተሉ የነበሩ የእስረኞቹ ቤተሰቦች በጣም ገርሟቸው ታሳሪዎቹን አይዟችሁ ምንም አትሆኑም፤ጀግኖቻችን ናችሁ፣ነገ ይህ ቀን ታሪክ ይሆናል ብለው አፅናንተዋቸው ታሳሪዎቹ ወደ ወህኒ ቤት ወረዱ።ከዚህ በኋላ ነው መ/ር የኔሰው በሃገሪቱ እውነትና ፍትህ እንደሌለ፤ ነፃነትና ዴሞክራሲ በዚህ ሥረዓት በፍፁም የማይታሰቡ ነገሮች መሆናቸው ፍንትው ብሎ የታየዉና ለነፃነት ትግሉ ወጣቱ ትውልድ አርማዉን እንዲያነሳ አሳስቦ ራሱን ለመሰዋት የወሰነው።

በህይወቱ ላይም ዉሳኔ የሰጠው እነዚህና የመሳሰሉትን በደሎች በሌላው የህብረተሰብ ክፍል ላይ መፈፀሙ ተገቢነት እንደሌለው በአንክሮ ስለሚያምን ነበር። እውነተኛ የህዝቡን ልጆች ያለምክንያት አሰሩዋቸውት። እሱ ቀድሞ ከእስር በመፈታቱ ምክንያቱን ጠየቃቸው።እንኳንና የታሰረበትን ምክንያቱን ሊነግሩት ቀርቶ ያሰረህ ይሄ ክፍል ነው፣ ወይም እኔ ነኝ፤ የሚል አካል ማጣቱ እጅግ አንገበገበው።
ከዚያም ከፍ/ቤት ምልስ ጉዞዉን ወደ አስተዳደር ጽ/ቤት አደረገ። እሱ አስተዳደር ጽ/ቤት ግቢ ሲደርስ ከፍተኛ የክልል ባለሥልጣኖችን ጨምሮ የዳዉሮ ዞን አመራሮች፤ የሁሉም ወረዳ አስተዳደር ተወካዮች በሚወያዩበት ቀርቦ፤አለምክንያት እንደእንስሳ መታሰሩ ሳያንስ ያሰረዉን አካል እንኳ ለማወቅ መብት ማጣቱ እጅግ እንዳንገበጋበው፤በዚህ ሥርዓት እንኳንና የግለሰብ የህዝብ ነፃነት ብሎ ነገር እንደሌለ ማረጋገጡን፤ለልማት ሳይሆን የሚወያዩት ህዝብንና አገርን ለመበደል ብሎም ራስን ማገልገል የዘወትር ተግባራቸው መሆኑን፤ህዝብ ነፃነት እንደሌለው ማረጋገጡን በኃይለ ቃል ከተናገረ በኋላ፤ የዋካ ከተማ ህዝብ በአመፅ ወቅት በአደባባይ ሲያስተጋባ የነበረዉን መፈክር እንደገና ብቻዉን አስተጋባ።

ከዚያም አስተዳደር ጽ/ቤቱ ግቢዉን ሳይለቅ ቢሮው በራፍ ላይ ብዙ ሰዎች እያዩት ቤንዚን በራሱ ላይ አርከፍክፎ ክብሪት ጭሮ ራሱን በእሳት ለኮሰው። በአቅራቢያው የነበሩ ሰዎች በንግግሩና በመፈክሩ ተመስጠው ያዳምጡት የነበሩ ሁሉ አዝነውና ደንግጠው እሳቱን ለማጥፋት ሣር፣ቅጠል፣አፈር፤ውሃ ያገኙትን ሁሉ ተጠቀመው እሳቱን በማጥፋት እሱን ለማትረፍ ተሯሯጡ።
ህክምና እንዲያገኝ ወደ ተርጫ ሆስፒታል ቢወስዱትም የኔሰው ገብሬ አልተረፈም።ትናንት ሰኞ ቀን ረፋዱ ላይ በሆስፒታሉ ዉስጥ ህይወቱ አልፏል። የዳዉሮው የነፃነት አርበኛ መ/ር የኔሰው ገብሬ ለዴሞክራሲና ለፍትህ እንዲሁም ለህዝብ የበላይነት ሲል እነሆ ሁለተኛው ሞሃመድ ቡዐዚዝ ሆነ። በዚህ ዓይነት ከዋካ የተነሳው እሳት የት ይደርስ ይሆን? እንጠብቅ!

Abebe Gelaw-ESAT

5 Responses to “Ethiopia’s Own Mohamed Bouazizi: Ethiopian man burns himself to death in protest”

  1. Middle Ground View November 16, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    What is with Muslims burning themselves to death?

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    The end will be identical to the one that has happened in Tunisia and Egypt. We have been the pride of Africa but the man leading us and his former counterpart made us the shame of Africa

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