Saturday, May 12, 2012
Pop star Bob Geldof Asks Meles Zenawi to be More Tolerant for Ethiopian People
AFP:ADDIS ABABA — Aid activist and Irish pop star Bob Geldof on Friday urged Ethiopian Meles Zenawi to be more inclusive and tolerant of civil society groups.“If they keep saying ‘you can’t write anything critical,’ they’re in trouble,” Geldof told AFP. “Have them participate, allow the pressure valve to come off,” he added.He said Ethiopia must follow the example of Western nations, which developed only with greater freedom of expression. Unless Ethiopia becomes more tolerant, he cautioned, it could reverse recent economic and social progress.“It will stumble if they don’t bring their people into the argument,” he warned, adding that Meles is a “very intelligent leader who truly understands government.”Rights groups have criticized Ethiopia for using its anti-terror legislation to stifle peaceful dissent and restrict freedom of the press. Close to 200 people were arrested under the law in 2011.
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