May 18, 2012 — Ethiopian despot Meles Zenawi was humiliated in front of world leaders after accredited journalist Abebe Gellaw interrupted his speech and called the premier a dictator who is committing crimes against humanity.
"Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Free Eskinder Nega and all political prisoners! You are a dictator! You are committing crimes against humanity! Don't talk about food without freedom! We need freedom, more than food! We need freedom, freedom, freedom, freeom!", shouted Abebe Gellaw.
During his protest, Meles appeared visibly shocked and bewildered, as the center of attention quickly shifted towards Mr. Gellaw. As he was being peacefully removed by security officials, one of Zenawi's bodyguards said he would kill him in Amharic. Despite being briefly detained and questioned by the police, no files were charged against him and he was released shortly after.
Meles, who is approaching 21 years in power this coming May 28, was invited by President Barack Obama, along with four other African leaders, to a symposium on food security at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C.
With the US presidential elections set to kick off, some analysts have questioned President Obama's decision on inviting the controversial and hugely unpopular Ethiopian premier to the G8 summit, when an estimated 500,000 Ethiopians are said to live in the swing state of Virginia.
Watch Abebe Gelaw's interview on ESAT after the event.
It is to be remembered that Journalist Abebe Gellaw also confronted Meles Zenawi at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in May 2010.