Ethiopia: State of Emergency or T-TPLF S.O.S. (Save Our Souls/Ship) Emergency?

By Prof. Al Mariam

October 13,2016

soe2The jig is up for the T-TPLF! Game over!

Did the T-TPLF just pull off a publicity stunt by declaring a “state of emergency”?

Or was it a big distress signal the T-TPLF sent out, “Save Our Souls/Save Our Ship”?

I enjoy T-TPLF scams, disinformation, hypes and con games.

I really do. I even grudgingly admire them T-TPLF dudes on how they use their weapons of mass distraction. Ain’t they slicker than a can of grease?

The thing I don’t like about them is that they believe they can roll out one scam after another and pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.

The latest T-TPLF scam and con game is “state of emergency” (SoE).

On October 9, 2016, T-TPLF puppet prime minister (PPM) Hailemariam (more appropriately crime minister) declared a “state of emergency”.

Big deal!


" The “end of the story” is that is time for the T-TPLF to run. It is better for the T-TPLF to run than to be run down."Pro AL

With T-TPLF boots one their necks, Ethiopians have been under an undeclared state of emergency for the past 25 years.

For crying out loud! Ethiopia has been in a de facto state of emergency — a police state — for the last 25 years.

When Erin Burnett of CNN visited Ethiopia in July 2012, she described what she saw in stark terms:

We saw what an African police state looked like when I was in Ethiopia last month… At the airport, it took an hour to clear customs – not because of lines, but because of checks and questioning. Officials tried multiple times to take us to government cars so they’d know where we went. They only relented after forcing us to leave hundreds of thousands of dollars of TV gear in the airport…

Now, the T-TPLF wants to make its police state official in a “state of emergency decree”?

I don’t buy any of the T-TPLF’s “state of emergency” rubbish.

But the Western media bought all of the hoopla (more accurately crapola) hook, line and sinker.

On October 9, 2016, the mighty New York Times (and many others including the BBC) headlined its report, “Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency to Stop Protests.”

No kidding?

Well, I don’t pay much attention to the mindless Western press (I did not say Western parrots) reiterating the official T-TPLF disinformation and passing it on to the world as news.

Call me “curmudgeon” if you like. But my view on much of what passes as journalism today is the same as H.L. Mencken’s who said, “American journalism (like the journalism of any other country) is predominantly paltry and worthless. Its pretensions are enormous, but its achievements are insignificant.” Touche!

The whole “state of emergency” declaration by the T-TPLF sounded to me as though it is the T-TPLF itself that in a state of emergency. It’s more like the T-TPLF is on life support in the ICU.

On October 9, the T-TPLF did not declare a state of emergency for the Ethiopia. It declared an emergency S.O.S. for the “S.S. T-TPLF”.

There is no question about it. The T-TPLF Ship of State is sinking, and sinking fast.

The S.S. T-TPLF has been struck by a tsunami of the Ethiopian peoples’ anger, frustration and outrage.

The S.S. T-TPLF is going DOWN! DOWN! DOWN! (Did someone say, “Down, down, Woyane!?”)

Flying the “State of Emergency” flag on the “S.S. T-TPLF” is not going to save it.

In a 20-minute television statement, a gaunt, haggard and sallow (I did not say shriveled) PPM flew the “state of emergency flag” and blathered about the reasons for declaring the SoE.

In delivering “his” statement, the PPM looked unsure of himself. His words lacked conviction. He looked robotic reciting some programmed words on a screen. His usual swagger and bluster was completely gone. His body language showed extreme tension, anxiety and stress. He clasped his hands tightly for the entire 20 minutes. His body posture remained stiff for the entire time; he barely bobbed his head. He seemed almost impaled to the television screen. His facial expression was blank. He seemed to have dry mouth. His eyes flitted but his gaze was fixed on the screen from which he was reading. The pitch, intonation and volume of his voice dissipated into tedious monotony. He sounded to me like the class monitor in high school telling everybody what the teacher said.

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