Weeks back, we found ourselves aching from the arrest of several journalists and politicians accused of terrorism. These individuals have shown and proven that their struggle is to see the respect of human right, the end of oppression, the reign of the rule of law and the installation of the freedom of individuals. But were thrown in prison and are still being prosecuted for terrorism for claiming what is rightfully theirs and of the people they are committed to serve. These were individuals are teachers, journalist and lower working class who could not afford to get a lawyer that would represent them in court .So watching their court trail had me fascinated about our ruling party and the meek individuals that have caused it to be so apprehensive. But then again an Elephant’s biggest scare is a rat and that is not ironic but Mother Nature.No activist but Gay activists
The prosecution of persons with the question of freedom and individual right ascribes that these are the type of pursuits that must be forgotten and comply to live enduring the silencing governance. But the same system that has no place for freedom of expression and individual rights has a lose end, an open window, a loop hole and an only type of right that it is willing to entertain –the Gay right. Now this is ironic.
When I first heard about the gay right activists conference I was terribly peeved and irritated not only because this insanely wrongful deed being publicly endorsed by the officials and the ministers but also knowing that this is one of the tricks to provoke the society and divert its attention to something that societal rationale could not accept.
Humilation the Ponzi scheme
In Egypt, the ruling military junta stripped women of both their headscarves and honor when they subjected them for virginity test. In the Muslim majority, this is nothing but a cheap tactic to humiliate and silence. The same is true in a society that calls Homosexuality Gebresedomawi (the work or act of people Sodom that were perished because of their sinful deed) and has no other proper adjective; above all a society that is religious and conservative on its social and moral values.
The common reaction, as we all know, is “ይህ ጸያፍ ነገር ወደ እኛም ሃገር መጣ፣ ተዋረድን፣ አይ አንቺ አገር” and the many people I had talked to were so irritated and felt humiliated by the act. Fathers of the main religions, whom I have lost faith on, denounced the act but were not able to properly address the situation as they were stopped from giving any kind of press release.This is something among the many things they should do, meaning to react to any social and humanitarian crises so that they can truly lead the people they ought to serve. But they time and again have fallen short on several such terms, I still appreciate their minute effort because in the reverse if they had kept silent the disappointment would have been worse since in the past silence have been their way of being oblivious.
So what does this really tell us?
Obviously, this is a way of causing irritation but the breadcrumb is to set an agenda that would silence some in the liberal camp, as this would cause a difference in the consequential position between [opposition and activists vs. the society] and [opposition and activists vs. their struggle for freedom and individual right]. This is about throwing in a circumstance and watching every one fight each other. Therefore, it is wise to not let such schemes catch us of guard. Nevertheless, as a people what is high on our agenda is the freedom of expression, the freedom to live without fear and the freedom to prosper.