Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ethiopia's "Growing Pains"

EPRDF's mouthpiece has a politically correct spin for brutal crackdown by security agents on supporters of the opposition. Only problem, responsibility for "mistakes" made is not equally shared or acknowledged.

...Ethiopia's ruling party attributes any heavy-handedness against the opposition to growing pains. "In most cases there are no problems," said Bereket Simon, a senior adviser to Mr. Zenawi. "We feel there might be problems here and there because this is not a mature democracy like that of the West. It is an emerging democracy and we're bound to make mistakes."

Ethiopia turns its critics into untouchables (The Globe and Mail) July 17, 2007