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Mengistu Haile Mariam

Data de nascimento: 21. Maio 1937

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Mengistu Haile Mariam foi chefe de estado da República Democrática Popular da Etiópia de 1974 a 1991.Mengistu chegou ao poder através de golpe de estado que derrubou o Imperador Haile Selassie e criou um estado socialista na Etiópia. Em 1991, foi obrigado a abandonar o país, após a vitória da guerrilha liderada por Meles Zenawi.

Em 12 de dezembro de 2006 Mariam foi condenado por genocídio e dezenas de outros crimes cometidos por seu regime, sendo julgado à revelia num processo que se arrastou por doze anos, mas que representa um dos raros casos em que um antigo dirigente africano é julgado por um tribunal do seu próprio país. Encontra-se exilado no Zimbabwe.

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„If I had resigned on my own accord, to whom would I have transferred the reigns of power?“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu blames Meles for helping Eritrea at UN to split Ethiopia: Mengistu Haile-Mariam speaks", in Jimma Times (30 July 2010) http://www.jimmatimes.com/article/Latest_News/Latest_News/Mengistu_blames_Meles_for_helping_Eritrea_at_UN_to_split_Ethiopia/33629

„Ethiopia did not have the same problem [of corruption]. African leaders looked at us with envy.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu blames Meles for helping Eritrea at UN to split Ethiopia: Mengistu Haile-Mariam speaks", in Jimma Times (30 July 2010) http://www.jimmatimes.com/article/Latest_News/Latest_News/Mengistu_blames_Meles_for_helping_Eritrea_at_UN_to_split_Ethiopia/33629

„Mugabe fought and liberated his country from colonists. But I am here as a guest of the Zimbabwe people. I am not a personal guest of Mugabe. And veterans of the liberation struggle are well aware of this fact.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu blames Meles for helping Eritrea at UN to split Ethiopia: Mengistu Haile-Mariam speaks", in Jimma Times (30 July 2010) http://www.jimmatimes.com/article/Latest_News/Latest_News/Mengistu_blames_Meles_for_helping_Eritrea_at_UN_to_split_Ethiopia/33629

„We fought them when they sought to dismember the nation. Is this why I should seek exoneration?“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu blames Meles for helping Eritrea at UN to split Ethiopia: Mengistu Haile-Mariam speaks", in Jimma Times (30 July 2010) http://www.jimmatimes.com/article/Latest_News/Latest_News/Mengistu_blames_Meles_for_helping_Eritrea_at_UN_to_split_Ethiopia/33629

„[Haile Selassie] was 80 years old and a very weak man. We tried our best to save him but we could not keep him.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu defends 'Red Terror'", in BBC News (28 December 1999) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/581098.stm

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„We did not even know his name.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu blames Meles for helping Eritrea at UN to split Ethiopia: Mengistu Haile-Mariam speaks", in Jimma Times (30 July 2010) http://www.jimmatimes.com/article/Latest_News/Latest_News/Mengistu_blames_Meles_for_helping_Eritrea_at_UN_to_split_Ethiopia/33629

„I am a revolutionary; my life is dedicated to freeing the people.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in David A. Korn (1986) Ethiopia, the United States and the Soviet Union, Southern Illinois University Press, page 61

„We thought that the proletariat would eventually run the world. But it is the Americans who have assumed that position... The American people have changed.“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam
As quoted in "Mengistu blames Meles for helping Eritrea at UN to split Ethiopia: Mengistu Haile-Mariam speaks", in Jimma Times (30 July 2010) http://www.jimmatimes.com/article/Latest_News/Latest_News/Mengistu_blames_Meles_for_helping_Eritrea_at_UN_to_split_Ethiopia/33629

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