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Haile apologizes over Mengistu remark

Haile Gebreselassie has said he is sorry for inadvertently hurting the feelings of the Red Terror victims.

His comments came after the Associations for Victims of the Red Terror issued statement accusing the athlete of making an insensitive remark that makes light of the atrocities committed by the Derg.

In a recent interview with Negadras, an Amharic weekly, Haile was quoted as saying, “It is said Mengistu has committed many atrocities”, a remark that drew the Association’s ire.

  In an open letter to the government daily, Addis Zemen where the complaint appeared, Haile wrote he was misunderstood; he was in no way intending to gloss over the heinous acts of Mengistu’s regime.

He was responding to the reporter’s questions on the significance of Obama’s victory when he happened to talk about the culture of forgiveness which could even be extended to tyrants like Mengistu Haile Maryam.

“I myself have suffered under the Mengistu’s rule and I would never speak light the atrocities committed by the regime,” Haile noted down.

Haile expressed his appreciation for the Association and apologized for the offense his remarks caused.  hile

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  1. February 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I was expecting to see the news source somewhere, as the English sounds more refined than your average post. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I realized it was all yours. Berta, teBerata. Bezih keQetelk, you’d make a fine writer one day.

  2. Sin
    February 20, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Bravo, haile for such quick and prompt reaction.

  3. October 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    read this from this web site before you open your mouth.


  4. October 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    To: Mr. Haile Gebreselassie
    Before you give your opinion you better think twice. We lost so many Ethiopians who can make a difference for their country because of the so called the Ethiopian red terror. . Mengistu Hailemariam and his followers killed at least over half a million innocent Ethiopians. Most of them students, teachers, Educators, government officials etc. If you don’t remember all this read history. Your opinion hearts many people who lost their family. I am one of them. Maybe you did not lost anything, however many Ethiopians lost, their husband, wife, father, mother, children’s, brothers and sisters to name a few.
    On Saturday, November 23, 1974 Major mengistu Hailemariam approved the mass murder of over 60 Government officials in just one day. For this military communist junta human blood was considered to be as worthless as that of a mad dog that human bodies were cheaply thrown into the streets. Over half a million Ethiopians disappear, killed, tortured, and massacred during his time in power from 1974-1991. He personally ordered the execution of mass murder of students, distinguished officials who had accomplished monumental achievements for their country. He killed the emperor by suffocation on August 27, 1975. He is the most wanted serial killer of the 21st century. He is the Master of the Ethiopian red terror. If you need more info check my web site here: http://dergu.shutterfly.com/
    Thank you

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