I have been a regular at Assimba PaltalkRoom for sometimes. Some of my
writings were even posted on their site way back and I am writing and
participating in paltalk rooms with my own name, Tedla and NY, where I have
been residing for more than two decades .
My life as New Yorker passed through university, work and being a family man
married happily for almost 20 years with three young boys. Two in high
school and one in junior high. Political activism is in my blood and I love
to participate in local radios and papers. On the 50th anniversary of UN we
staged a memorable rally at UN 16 years ago. I still remember my NPR
interview as a young activist.
This has been Tedla Asfaw and is still following his instinct to play his
own role in Ethiopian politics. You can google my name and read what I
wrote. I am my own man and do not represent any political group or groups.
If my view is close to some political group or groups I am not apologizing
My paltalk experience which I consider a club of people with no face and
accountability is totally different. Name calling and personal attack by
very few in the name of political party EPRP is a Paltalk lynching or
terror. I do not know what color it has it might be a colorless. The funny
thing these individuals who are coming on their pseudo names are claiming to
be defender of Ethiopian Unity as a matter of fact they were absent in
action for more than two decades doing what they claim, defending Ethiopian
Hiding behind screen and insulting people and going as far as banning people
from their room is showing who they are.They handed over a death penalty
equivalent. These are enemies of free speech and if they have chance they
will gun down people they do not like in the name of Ethiopian Unity. As a
son of a father who gave his right eye fighting Mussolini I am not
surprised by those whose Ethiopian history just begun fighting Derg. For
them Ethiopian history begun right there fighting for power. Our proud
history for them never happens because they did not participate on it or
might not heard about it from their own families.
Derg before killing young opponents like EPRP had killed patriots who fought
for Ethiopia unity. Those who cheered for the death of feudal reactionaries
unfortunately got killed by Derg. The fight between Derg and these opponents
destroyed the Ethiopian unity and paved the way for the take over our
country by anti-Ethiopia Woyane and the rest to be jailed and exiled.
After twenty years of absence fighting for “Ethiopian unity” Assimba
Paltallk Room seems woke up from its dream and attack all they disagree as
anti-Ethiopian. That is a big joke. Where have they been in the last twenty
years ? Ethiopian Unity demands fighting for it in a battle field as well .
How comes those who are far from the valleys, mountains and deserts of
Ethiopia claim to fight for Ethiopian unity and accused me as anti Ethiopia.
Banning me from Assimba Room as was done this afternoon is a sign of defeat.
I will not go to their room and be a captive audience. Or for that matter
change my name and seat down to be on business of hearing unending talk of
one side forever. Those who are silencing people from speaking are those
who are not different from the regime they claim opposing. What did Meles
Zenawi do different than the Assimba Paltlk Room tyrants when it comes to
freedom of speech ? None !!!!
Both the Meles ruling clique and the Assimba Paltalk Room
Administrators came from the same generation of losers who hate Ethiopian
history and consider themselves as better generation. Both failed, one
holding power and the other one claiming to be on the opposite side.
It is time to stand up and tell these tyrants that they are good for
nothing. Their hatred for educated elite in the diaspora is their
inferiority they are suffering from. The solution for that is to do what
they believe right for their career. I can tell them that they would not
survive in a free society where ideas are debated because they have no
culture of debate, it is a foreign propaganda culture they grew up which
indeed has been known as anti Ethiopia.