Free Dr Taye, Lidetu Ayalew… all political prisoners

July 2nd, 2001

Ethiopians held another demonstration on July 2 in Washington DC in front of the U.S. Department of State to demand the release of Lidetu Ayalew, Secretary General of Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), and three other officials of the Party who were rounded up and taken to prison by armed
security agents on Monday, June 25.


Along with Lidetu Ayalew, Tadiwos Tantu, EDP Central Committee member; Daniel Demissie, EDP member; and Sebsibie Yimer, EDP member had been detained previously for fifty days and released on June 6. The Meles regime didn’t explain why they are arrested again on June 25.

While in prison, Lidetu and many of his colleagues have contracted malaria and other diseases. They had also been tortured and were in very poor physical conditions when they were released. They are re-arrested before they had a chance to recover.

Today’s demonstration, which was organized by the United Ethiopian Civic Organizations, also demanded the immediate release of Dr Taye
Woldesemayat, President of Ethiopian Teachers Association, and the thousands of other innocent Ethiopians, including journalists, human rights activists and members of political parties who are languishing in prison.

The United Ethiopian Civic Organizations appeals to the international community, particularly the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and the European
Parliament, to help release these political prisoners.