Saturday, December 19, 2009
December 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – DECEMBER 17: Protestors from Europe’s Oromo & Ogaden Communities demonstrate outside the UN climate change conference on December 17, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The group were demonstrating against Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi participating in the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference, claiming that he has one of the worst environmental records in the history of Ethiopia and that he has no respect for fundamental human rights.
The Union of Oromo Students in Europe (UOSE), the oldest Oromo students organization, was the organizer for the December 17, 2009 peaceful protest against Mr. Zenawi’s presence at the Copenhagen Summit. Mr. Zenawi has used the Summit, not to represent the interests of Africa, but to buy legitmacy for his corrupt and illegal government. For Mr. Zenawi, his mere presence at the Copenhagen Summit is a great success since he’s desperately in need of legitmacy; since his arrival in Europe earlier this week, he has created more chaos and has betrayed other African and developing world’s negotiators at the Summit.