Chileans and Ethiopians on Asymmetric environmental consciousness truck on Damming

Chile and Ethiopia plays an asymmetric historical similarity in political development since mid 1970’s. The environmentally suppressed Ethiopians are pacified to accept without opposition the “Nile & Gibe Death Dams”. In contrast the democratic civil society of Chile  that vividly revolted the construction of serious of dams in the Andes valley Ethiopia accepted  docilely.  Chile successfully toppled the dictator Augusto Pinochet and reestablished the democratic state of Chile in 1990. One year after the end of Chilean dictatorial regime the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam collapsed with the rest of the ex Soviet satellite sates. He was replaced by an irredentist dictatorial ethnic regime of Melese Zenawie. In Latin American Chile is a country where the basis of democracy and economic development is  well established by successfully replacing the military junta lead by generals who toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.  It was only 1974, after 3000 years that the people of Ethiopia engaged in a people’s revolution that removed the imperial regime of the Negus,  while  Chile was taken over  by a dictatorial regime of Augusto Pinochet. It seems both countries went in different dimension – when Ethiopia goes on the wrong direction Chile seems doing better by going on the right track or vise versa. Now Chile is on the right track while Ethiopia is lamenting in famine and irredentism risking  balkanization.
In sum total Chile seems luckier in her social change than that of Ethiopia.
Thus Chronology of Asymmetric dates between Chile and Ethiopia in social development.

In sum total Chile seems luckier in her social change than that of Ethiopia.

Chronology of Asymmetric dates between Chile and Ethiopia

1974

Ethiopian people toppled the imperial regime of the Negus

Gen. Augusto Pinochet declared himself a president

1990’s

Chile regained its democracy; Pinochet transferred power to a democratically elected president

Ethiopia was taken over by an irredentist dictatorial regime

 

2010’s

Chile

Thousands of Chileans took to the streets of the capital, Santiago, against the planned construction of a hydroelectric dam in Patagonia.

The Chilean dam e protest was mostly peaceful but ended in clashes with police that left several people arrested.

Hydro Aysén project includes Endesa Chile and Colbún-plans to build five power plants in the Chilean Patagonia. Critics say they have a disastrous effect on the environment and the destruction of 6,000 hectares of forest.

Last Friday held a similar protest which brought 30,000 people. In recent weeks there have been demonstrations against the dam almost daily

Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Pinochet Melee Zenawie lunched a Millennium Hydropower plant, the biggest hydropower plant in Africa yet.

The dam, which will be constructed on Nile River some 40Km from the Sudanese boarder, is expected to be completed in four years time. The Grand Millennium Dam will be the largest artificial lake with a capacity of holding 63 billion cubic meter of water, twice the size of the largest natural lake in the country – Lake Tana. By the time the death dam will be filled with water the Nile will not be following to down river basin countries like Sudan and Egypt. Egypt depends solely for her water from the Nile waters. Such drastic move will drain the Lake Tana   the artificial lake and dry the Nile definitively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chileans  Dam Protest

 

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Protest against new hydroelectric dams in Chile

A controversial $3.2 billion hydroelectric project billed as key to satisfying Chile’s growing energy needs but potentially an environmental 

by AFP | 2 weeks ago | 142 views

Protest Against Dam at Chilean Embassy

 

Chilean People Protest Against the Building of a Dam in Southern Chile.

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Ethiopian Dam Support

 

Ethiopian Artists in Support of Abbay Dam – Part 1

Ethiopian Artists in Support of Abbay Dam – Part 2

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