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Teza being used as propaganda tool

It is a good movie that has won praise and accolades. Now it is being used to serve a propaganda purpose.
Ato Siye Abraha has complained that the EPRDF is conducting a campaign against him by showing Haile Gerima’s film “Teza” to the public, Addis Admass reported on May 8.
Siye said the EPRDF is showing the film in the town of Tembien where he is running for the election and telling the residents that he is collaborating with politicians of the Derg era. Asked about the complaint, Government Whip Ato Haile Mariam Desalegn said that Ato Siye was described as having the same view as the Derg because he said that Ethiopia is a sack of nationalities.
Ato Siye, who said that he had gone to his consistency on Thursday and was trying to talk to the residents, stated when he arrived in the town he found that the residents were shown “Teza” which shows the massacring of people by the Derg regime. He added that the EPRDF had created fear and anxiety in the people by telling them that Siye is trying to do the same by forming coalition with people who had killed their father.
The BBC journalist who has traveled with him to Tembien has had a telephone conversation with Ato Bereket Simon on the matter. Although the police was told that he could also call Ato Berekt on the phone, he refused to do so. The police told them that he takes orders from his supervisors and not from Ato Bereket. For his part, Ato Haile Mariam said that this ha not been reported either to the regional EPRDF office or the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE). The complaint is a campaign to discredit the EPRDF and instill grievance on the people, he added.
Source: Ethiopia Seven Days Update

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  1. yonas
    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    This is not fair. I can’t imagine how else one could insult the great film maker Haile Gerima. One, they are misrepresenting him and also they are violating the film’s copyright.

  2. Alem
    May 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I think Haile Gerima, in his eagerness to depict Derg attrocities, ended up providing the ruling ethnic minority with a new tool. Haile should file complaints of copyright violations and also do another documentary relative to the present regime.

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