U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa: —Hi everyone, we’ve been receiving comments from some of you about recent examples of citizens taking violent and sometimes lethal actions against fellow citizens. We agree this topic deserves attention and open conversation. We don’t see any place for violence in achieving a better future for Ethiopia. A key component of a successful democracy is for all citizens to respect the rule of law and to understand that laws apply to everyone equally. In our recent bilateral dialogue with the Ethiopian government on human rights, we agreed to pursue greater cooperation in related areas such as strengthening the judicial system and improving the capacity and professionalism of law enforcement. Strengthening these institutions is important, but for the process to succeed, citizens must also be prepared to invest their confidence in the system. Democracy is government of the people, by the people, and for the people. To achieve that goal in Ethiopia will require the efforts and commitment of everyone. As we commit to finding new ways to support the reform effort, we ask each of you to stand against violence, hate, and division and to be advocates in your communities for tolerance, respect, and rule of law.