37th Anniversary of the
Founding of the TPLF Colorfully Celebrated in the Washington DC. Metro Area!
Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington DC, March 03, 2012
The 37th Anniversary of the founding of the
Tigrean People's Liberation Front /TPLF/ hosted by the Union of Tigreans in
North America (UTNA) Washington DC chapter, was colorfully celebrated in the
midst of fanfare and jubilation on March 3, 2012 @ 300 Army Navy Drive in
A minute of silence in memory of the fallen heroes and heroines was observed
by the packed audience that converged from Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia
and other surrounding environs.
During the celebratory occasion, the statement presented by UTNA recalled
the arduous and trying days of the struggle waged by the TPLF to demolish
the dictatorial military putsch.
The UTNA statement pinpointed that one of the
distinguishing features which characterized the TPLF as a movement was that
although it was launched by the young educated ones, it had firmly
maintained its democratic zeal, and correct political beliefs which latter
were wholly embraced by the peasantry creating in its wake, a propitious
condition for the struggle to intensify in depth, breadth and width up held
by the entire Ethiopian people.
Another distinctive feature of the struggle waged by the TPLF that was
recounted during the auspicious occasion was that the TPLF which was ushered
in as a timely national movement in the Ethiopian socio-economic and
political milieu, did not succumb, unlike other similar movements during its
formative period and later, into an environment of narrow nationalism or
The statement in this regard recalled, that there were and are still to be
observed that some political organizations were rendered incapable of
rallying the people behind their slogans, for the simple fact that they were
imbued with erroneous political lines, strategy and leadership they wrongly
On the contrary the statement recounted, the TPLF has proved itself along
with the other sister organizations that constitute the vanguard EPRDF as
the bulwark of deliverance of correct leadership through thin and thick of
the ongoing struggle and the subsequent progress attained, due to its
correct plan and strategy which heavily relied on the people and its
continued and unhampered capacity to rally them along its correct path
during the overall journey it has traversed to-date.
UTNA, the sponsor of the occasion appealed to the Diaspora Ethiopians to
join hands and participate in the nation building process that is currently
in full swing by purchasing bonds towards the construction of Africa's
biggest yet and pioneering huge dam, primarily to reap appropriate and
legitimate fruits from their involvement and derive psychological
satisfaction by concretely supporting their kith and kin in Ethiopia, and
opening up new job opportunities and further spurring the national economic
UTNA dedicated the 37th anniversary celebration of
the TPLF as a fire band occasion to raise funds for its resolve to
transition students who currently are forced to attend their classes in ram
shackled shelters into modern schools housed in decent buildings.
Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extra-ordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the USA
and non-resident envoy to Mexico who was present during the event graced the
occasion by recounting that the birth of the TPLF 37 years ago was a
defining moment for the country and the entire people by enabling an epoch
making transformation which has reshaped the nation for good by entrenching
it to be one of the fastest growing economies in the globe.
Ambassador Girma also made a clarion call for all members of the Ethiopian
Diaspora to raise the banner of the past generation that has put its imprint
through the demanding and trying sacrifices it paid, to answer to the timely
call pertaining to the transformation of the country.
In relation to the current situation that is prevalent in present day
Ethiopia he elucidated that the Growth and Transformation Plan and
particularly the building of the Grand Renaissance Dam, have been set in
place to elevate Ethiopia and its people to a higher level of economic,
social and political platform by enlisting the nation in the ranks of middle
income countries by the year 2020.
The Special Envoy also re-iterated his belief that the newly emerging
Ethiopian generation would live up to the historic call of continuing the
struggle by registering new land mark achievements and by bolstering the
already attained goals. Representatives of EPRDF member organizations and
allied forces also addressed the audience in a show of solidarity.
Cupping the celebration, a live musical extravaganza accompanied by modern
and diverse cultural and traditional songs which were championed by renowned
artists who graciously volunteered to cheer up the congregation that were
presented entertained the hilarious audience.