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Canada: FM John Baird Warns Eritrean Consulate

In a strongly worded statement, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird warned the Eritrean consulate in Canada to stop collecting taxes imposed by the Eritrea government on Eritrean-Canadians. He said, it “is unacceptable, it’s wrong and will not be tolerated.”

Baird also said that he has given his deputy, “to very clearly and unequivocally deliver a strong message [to the Eritrean consulate] that this activity must cease and desist, and if it doesn’t we will close the consulate.”

Answering a question by a reporter, Bird added, “The message is being delivered in recent days and when there is further action, we will let you know.”

In May 2013, Canada expelled the Eritrean Consul, Semere Ghebremariam, for violating United Nations sanctions on Eritrea.

The Eritrean government considered the expulsion of its consul, Canadian Bullying and accused the country of, “hostility to Eritrea and its harassment of the Eritrean diaspora community.”

The Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group has been campaigning to convince Canadian authorities to stop the consulate from intimidating Eritrean-Canadians and collecting taxes by coercion.

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  • Omer Osman

    ሕቶ ናብ ከፈልቲ ክልተ ካብ ሚእቲ፡
    ንዓይ ዝገርመኒ እዞም ክልተ ካብ ሚእቲ ትኸፍሉ ስለምንታይ ከምኡ ከም ትገብሩ ኢዩ፧ እቶም ወከልትና ትብሉዎም መራሕቲ ዉልቀ መላኺ ህግደፍ ከማን እኳ ኣብ ዝተፈላለዩ እዋናት ክትከፍሉ ከምዘይ ትግደዱ ገሊጾም ኢዮም። ጉዳያትኩም ንምስላጥ እንተደኣ ኮይኑ ኣብቲ ዝምልከቶ ቤት ጽሕፈት ስርዓት ህግደፍ ብምኻድ ብቐጥታ ነቲ ዝወሃበኩም ኣገልግሎት ኣይትኸፍሉን እንዲኹም፧ ዋላስ ጽዩፍን ብዕሉግን ስራሕ ስለዝለመድኩም፡ ሕልፊ ሰብኩም ዝሓሸን ዝበለጸን ኣገልግሎት እንተረኸብና ካብ ዝብል ዓሻ እምነት እዩ፧
    እዞም ከፈልቲ ክልተ ሚእታዊት ብሰንክኹም ኣብ ሃገርና ኤርትራ ዕድመ ዲክታቶርነት ኢሳያስ ተናዊሑ፡ ብዕልግና ነጊሱ ይርከብ። ስለዚ አዚ ንዓይ ይጥዓመኒ እምበር ናይ ካልኦት ኣይዓጠንን ዝብል ኣተሓሳስባ ወጊድ ኢልኩም ኣብ ጎድኒ ህዝብኹምን ፍትሕን ጠጠው ክትብሉ ህጹጽ እዋናዊ ጉዳይ ኢዩ።

  • Thomas

    Hi Bazena – I think you should pause your questions to hope. He thinks he is the original/native Eritrean. He can only be a native Eritrea if he is from the nara tribe. I don’t he is one. He a nailotic & semitic. So, there is no originally/nativity there.

  • haileTG

    Hello Awatista

    I am sure brother Ghezae has more on this, but the latest news by the Canadian National Post has included a diplomatic note sent to the Eritrean regime. With this decision, the Consulate is essentially disabled.

    “Text of Diplomatic Note

    The department acknowledges receipt of the tax form used by the government of Eritrea to collect tax from its citizens in Canada. The department also notes that it continues to receive serious allegations that the Consulate of Eritrea in Toronto is violating its commitment to respect Canada’s conditions regarding the solicitation and collection of tax. Specifically, the department has received information that the consulate continues to request notices of assessment of Canadian tax returns from Eritrean-Canadian citizens, is involved in the calculation and negotiation of the amount of money owing to the Eritrean government, and further relies on agents in the community to collect funds and transfer them to Eritrea. All of these actions are considered as solicitation and collection of tax. Canada expects that the only action on the part of the consulate related to the 2% reconstruction and rehabilitation tax is to refer any inquiries about the tax to the government of Eritrea directly or to a government of Eritrea website. If the department continues to receive allegations that the consulate continues to solicit the tax, including through provision of amounts owing, requesting notices of assessment, and/or using agents or any similar activities, Canada will withdraw its recognition of the Eritrean consular post in Toronto. The above will be discussed in detail with the next career head of the consulate in Toronto upon her arrival.”

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/14/eritrea-consulate-receives-final-straw-warning-to-stop-extorting-expatriates-in-canada/

    Regards

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Awatistas in general and Ghezae&Hailat in particular,

    The stoppage to the 2% tax levy by the Eritrean consulates everywhere is cascading to starve the beast. The regional-news feed of Awate shows that Kuwait is also condemned Eritrea of using the 2 % tax for destabilizing the region. Eventually the international community will stop the illegal act of the regime.

    • Hope

      But R U aware also the Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as people are starving to death of the sanctioned you petitioned and advocated and U have been advocating further?
      Answer my legitimate questions below.
      What have U done to to help the helpless including the ones suffering in the Negev Desert of Israel in the middle of no where. but u have the gut and the courage to starve to death the beast with full stomach.
      What a crap hypocracy.
      Is that what merhum PMMZ is advising from his grave!

      • Thomas

        Anjal riesi met-han

  • haileTG

    Truth, let’s do the real “Truth” justice here.The PFDJ isn’t reigning supreme, far from it. One of its major crisis is that people show their support for Eritrea (as in independence day, martyrs day and sport achievements) but are shunning PFDJ initiatives altogether. PFDJ gatherings are not only devoid of youth as it is manifestly shown everywhere (even Wedi Tkabo lamented that in his interview with Assenna) but also is increasingly having to deal in crafty little tricks to get by. For example, I give it credit how it duped people to build up participation in the last independence day celebrations. I cherish creativity but petty it if it is only used for short term gains of no long term value. In the event I mentioned, about few weeks before the last May independence day celebrations, PFDJ operatives within communities started calling house to house to revive the women associations within mahberocoms and for that were inviting deqinistyo or women to come for meetings and discuss how to improve conditions for women in communities. The typical suspects fell for it and went to their meetings. In the processes they were also asked to help in the independence day celebrations by putting up a show for the event. Two months after the independence day events, the committees are dormant again and PFDJ is lurking onto other little trickster. Bologna participation was boosted with a lot of that type of short term user-manship.

    You were talking about communities being “divided” and now all of a sudden PFDJ is “reigning supreme”! Again, if so is the case, how come PFDJ not organize a show of force demonstration in Canada to demand the “right to fund dictatorship”. You have seen how pathetic their petition drive has been. Give me a single “community” run by PFDJ in Europe, Canada or the US that allows Eritreans to work for themselves, develop their local diaspora communities, encourages them to freely associate with each other, support one another and improve conditions for themselves and their children? PFDJ is a spy master that divides, polarizes, stifles and undermines any and every independent activity. PFDJ diaspora is an off shoot infantry battalion of the war waged by IA on the Eritrean people. Indeed, with a people willing to stand against their own self preservation, we may be an easier target for that kind of gossip based network that has wrecked havoc accross the diaspora. But to say PFDJ is “reigning supreme” is only reporting on Guwayla ticket sales and nothing else. You don’t need informed or committed participants for boothing and dancing an a typical meat market.

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Truth,

    Unconscious mass is nothing but a dump. Mass organization based on Intimidation of Rights is nothing about enslaving. Here we are then fighting against. Actually Eritreans are abandoning PFDJ from day to day and what they are left with are just in fractions. Just observe the Bologna incident. For PFDJ, Bologna was like a big bomb shell exploded in the commercial center . They have watched through their own gates who are the comers.

    What next?

    Mr. Truth, speak the truth. It is good that you wished “good luck.” This is the sign of your surrender to JUSTICE. Yes, in deed Truth. Hope has already confessed for his total Loss and you, already vomited for the first time such good words for the justice seekers. Now, you have two options: To be with the justice seekers or just tell the truth. Your words will set you free.

    hawka
    tes

  • Hope

    Dear All/To Whom It May Concern:
    Disclaimer:
    I am an Original Eritrean by all standard and criteria
    -I am NOT a Politician
    -I believe in a peaceful Change in Eritrea by Eritreans
    -I believe in National and Regional Reconciliation
    -I denounce all the mischief,crimes,oppression,etc–by the PFDJ but I also “support” the GoE when it is needed specially when dealing with the National Interest,Security,Territorial Integrity and related issues until a better “PFDJ” takes over
    -I also DENOUNCE any thing and any one,organization,individual,Party,etc,which/who stands and does things against the National Interest,Security and Territorial Integrity of my Eritrea,directly or indirectly
    -I support the Political Program of the EPDP but am NOT yet its member-until I see any better program for the BEST Interest of Eritrea
    -I believe and and have been working hard for a Constitutional Governance.
    - I believe in Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean problems by Eritreans ONLY but ONLY by Eritreans under any circumstance and condition!
    Having clarifying my self and stand,here is my concern:
    Here is the HYPOCRISY that I cannot understand and that I kindly request for clarification:
    -That those in the Opposition effectively and successfully achieved in sanctioning Eritrea and its people knowing its deadly consequences on the most vulnerable section of our society and with ample lessons learned from the Iraqi situation
    -That those sanctions are engineered,sponsored and put in effect by the deadliest enemies of Eritrea
    -That those sanctions and the No War and NO Peace status essentially engineered and put in effect by the same deadliest enemies of Eritrea have contributed a lot to the misery of the Innocent Eritreans and have contributed to the exodus of the Youth directly or indirectly
    -That the USA-(in the words of the Ex-US Amb to Eritrea and in the words of President Obama),the UN,the weyanes,the so called Opposition,the above mentioned factors have contributed to the exodus of the Youth and their misery .
    -That until this minute-as we speak and as I write this comment,the deadliest enemies of Eritrea are working hard day and night to tighten the sanctions and create more new ones–with full knowledge of the Opposition Camp,and supporting it overtly and covertly and knowing again fully the deadly consequences on our poor people
    —–and the HYPOCRACY again is that knowing fully all of the above and the worst,doing and executing all of the above with full support of the deadliest enemies of Eritrea in the name of “Weeding OUT the PFDJ”.we are,on a day light,crying about the exodus of the Youth and the Collapse of Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as people,while at the same time working hard for that same fate-the Exodus of the Youth and the total Collapse of Eritrea and Eritreans.
    What an INSANITY of the Insanities!!
    Please help me understand this. I am as naive as that!!I have found it very difficulty to differentiate the so called Opposition Camp form the deadliest enemies of Eritrea as both are following the same principles and guidelines.
    I am at total LOSS!!

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Dear Hope,

      My name is literally translated as Tesfa (Hope) and Birhan (Light). Ypi missed the later anyhow. I may add for you as a suffix. I have ample light to share with you.

      Today, you confessed that you are in TOTAL LOSS. Yes you are. I have seen this the day I started to read your comments. Mr. Hope, hope is not enough by itself, there must be Light that showers your hope. Neverthless you are living in mess. Come-on, if you believe on denouncing all the mischief,crimes,oppression,etc–by the PFDJ, then it is upto you to form a strong, vibrant stance against this regime. Do not wait. I know you are waiting because your name is just HOPE. But, on this special day, day of confession, I share with you the light that I have to enrich your bestow.

      Mr. Hope, you are all. You are god as you are created having all the threes (the trinity). Just combine them. Do not walk like Nitricc with the dead soul. Do not send the spirit of frustration(as fear conquers the spirit) . Do not try to entertain your body by dancing over dead bodies like what the PFDJITES didn in Bologna.

      I just call you to combine all (your body, spirit and your soul) in one and watch them out. Do not react (I am teaching you meditiation, the Yoga, but my Yoga is of dynamic type, it is not static). And sure you will be blessed by your inner LIGHT. Even you will not need mine by now after you complete this piece. Just leave awate now, leave it! Go and meditate. I will see you in Total Control (it is easy for me, as I use my light energy to see you where you are and what you do).

      Leave now and stop commenting. THis is Hope + Light = Tesfabirhan, the contemplator, the master of healing for the confused PFDJites.

      hawka
      tes

      • Hope

        We’d Ad,
        Please answer questions and address my serious concerns.
        I do NOT need a lecture about the PFDJ as I might be more Expert on it than you and others here.

    • Thomas

      Hope/rei-si met-han, The only original eritrean are the nara’s. We all are decedents. Educate yourself and learn eritrean history 101!!

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Awatistas, and particularly, Haile TG, Tes, Gezae, Yodita, truth…men’sey semere, hope…
    I have been following your discussion, probably the most educating one. Thank you. I have no clue about this stuff. What makes it interesting is the fact that it was fact based; law and finance met up. Wonderful job.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Ghezae & Hailat,

    Well done. You won the debate in substance. Truth and Hope have nothing to offer. Just empty hand. Good job guys.

    • Hope

      The self-appointed Judge and the Prosecutor.
      Libeliwat yekejelu amora,yiliwatal Zgigra!!

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Dear Awatistats,

    (Sorry I wrote this under another title)

    Lets see the comparison

    USA

    U.S. citizen who is a resident of another country must nevertheless pay income tax to the United States. And, of course, the country where the citizen lives will also want to collect income tax.

    This is called citizenship-based taxation. The power to tax you is based on your citizenship, rather than your residence.

    This blog is all about dispelling hand-wavy knowledge and replacing it with stone-cold fact. It is time to do this with citizenship-based taxation, at least partially.

    The hand-wavy answer to the question “Which countries impose income tax on their citizens living abroad?” is usually “The United States, the Philippines, and Eritrea.” That is wrong.

    Philippines

    The Philippines taxes its citizens living abroad only on Philippines-sourced income. National Internal Revenue Code Section 23(B) says:

    A nonresident citizen is taxable only on income derived from sources within the Philippines[.]

    Eritrea

    Eritrea is mentioned as a country that taxes its citizens abroad. The tax rate is 2%. In fact, this appears to be an thinly-disguised method of extortion.

    I am unable to get any first-hand information from the Ministry of Finance, so you may feel free to treat my conclusion here as entirely hand-wavy. Or, tell me what you know so we can all get smarter.

    Source: http://hodgen.com/does-the-united-states-stand-alone/

    And Greek

    The Greek tax system not only haunts Greek citizens, but also Greeks living abroad. Those who are “lucky” enough to earn a meager income in Greece will be economically burdened.

    This burden is due to the small print of Greek legislation concerning the personal income tax. What about it? It states that anyone earning an income in Greece and filing tax returns in Greek tax offices, including citizens of other countries, must state an authorized process agent in Greece. That obligation has been established so that the tax offices can reach a representative of the taxpayer in case something comes up, according to the Ministry of Finance.

    Thousands of Greeks live abroad for decades, for instance in Germany, Australia, and the USA, but earn an income above 3,000 Euros in Greece, usually in the form of pensions if they worked many years in Greece before migrating.

    Many of them no longer have relatives or any ties to Greece anymore, so in order to comply with these new tax regulations they are forced to hire someone (and of course pay him) to simply register his name in their tax return forms where the name of a process agent is lately required. This obligatory procedure causes increasing discomfort among the taxpayers living outside Greece who happen to receive a meager pension or the rent from an apartment they’ve inherited.

    Most of them are now filing their tax returns online and state the address of their permanent residence in the country they live in, so that the Greek tax office can submit a request or a query. Stating a process agent used to be a rational obligation in the past, when modern means of communication and online services weren’t yet available. Besides, that regulation was established in the early twentieth century, in the 1910s, and is thus outdated.

    Presumed minimum income

    Greek citizens that have permanent jobs (and residences) abroad will be exempted from the presumed minimum income established for all Greek taxpayers in a 2010 tax law, the Finance Ministry also announced. The law has been amended with legislation attached to law 3943 passed in 2011. The change was made following letters of protest sent to the ministry by Greeks employed in Germany, who were asked to pay additional tax for a ‘presumed income’ by the taxation office for Greeks abroad, in addition to the income tax they had paid in Germany.

    Under the 2010 law, a single taxpayer is assumed to have a minimum annual income of at least 3,000 Euros, while that for a couple has been set at 5,000 Euros. On this basis, Greeks living in Germany that had property in Greece or received rent from a property were required to pay tax on this minimum presumed income.

    - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/03/22/the-greek-tax-office-haunts-even-diaspora-greeks-new-tax-regulations-issued/#sthash.jXpW7tjR.dpuf

    Source: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/03/22/the-greek-tax-office-haunts-even-diaspora-greeks-new-tax-regulations-issued/

    Hawkum

    tes

  • ghezaehagos

    Mr. ‘Truth,’
    The case here is not about whether Eritrean-Canadians will pay or not. For those who WANT to pay, let them pay even 100% of their money.
    Here are the facts briefly: After the calculation, after the bulk of the process is finished in Consulate office, the solicited money is asked to be transferred to Eritrea. Think of that just because money is not changing hands in Canada doesn’t mean solicitation was not done. That is where you guys ‘tesheki’ekum!”
    The main issue is whether the consulate behaviour in the past year leading up to now violates Canadian terms that Eritrea itself accepted. That is NO SOLICITATION. Period. Or in other words, where they merely giving information or whether they were essentially soliciting money. You see this is the crucial fact all of you at tesfanews or at the consulate missed to your eventual loss. If you are capable of contemplating, think hard what happened. Hint: blame Isaias.
    The reason is you guys absolutely have no idea what your regime agrees to, keeping you in complete dark to shoot in all directions. Now, just ask what happened in May 2014 between Canada and Eritrea. My guess is they won’t tell you/ If you do happen to know, then you could admit defeat in this saga.
    As for the dividends of this noble campaign, it is not for you to judge. They are multi-faceted. Apart from the consulate and its agents in other cities rendered incapacitated to have to do anything with the tax, there are many other bad doors shut and many good doors opened, in education, immigration and other cases. I would say more; but not now..in its due time.
    About inconveniencing Eritrean-Canadians, though we understand and sympathize with individual needs of our fellow Eritreans, the truth is the needs of the nation comes first: a nation that is dying in front of our eyes; a nation that is defying the cruellest and worst person our land has ever seen, Isaias Afewerki.
    Ghezae Hagos

    • Truth

      The Consulate does not solicit the diaspora tax. The process is initiated by the respective citizens seeking a service. The citizen is the one who solicits (see definition below) service and in turn must pay the 2% tax to garner such services. Why you, your peers, the idiots in the mainstream media and the inept politicians can’t understand this basic concept is beyond me?

      Definition: solicit (so·lic·it) – verb (used with object)

      to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectfulrequest, formal application, etc.: (Used in a sentence) He solicited aid from the minister.

      How does stifling Eritrea’s ability to collect taxes help the nation? Funds that, contrary to what you may think, actually help the development of Eritrea. Your logic doesn’t make sense. If you believe the nation is dying, why are you attempting to speed up that death with this bogus scheme, which the Ethiopian Ambassador to the UN on Twitter is openly applauding? Some company your in if that is your audience. What you fail to understand is this bogus scheme of yours will only end up hurting the nation, its people, your local Eritrean-Canadians and ultimately only strengthen PFDJ in the process. Now they have another excuse as to why development is moving slowly.

      And if you yourself acknowledge that those that pay will continue to do so, why are you attempting to put up roadblocks for them? Are you not infringing on their rights? So much for fighting for your people.

      • ghezaehagos

        Mr. ‘Truth’
        You know we had this debate in the other pages. I will recap:
        1. Your definition of solicitation pertaining to consulate office in Toronto is simply wrong. Says who? Says Canada.
        2. You absolutely have no idea of the repeated warning and terms Eritrean regime has accepted and reneged. So it is pointless to argue what you don’t know.
        3.There is no report the money collected helps Eritrean development. Check where the money goes to.
        4. Did you like people funding Ethiopian regimes of Mengsitu and Hailesellasie. You didn’t right? Why? Because they were not legitimate rulers, but oppressors. So is Isaias regime. We don’t want it to be funded. Though there were development and civilian life during the past Ethiopian regimes ruling Eritrea, you still preferred boycotting and fighting them to the detriment of the civilian life in Eritrea. Same logic here.
        5. Finally here is a parting shot: If you believe nothing will change in Canada and 2% tax, (only inconveniencing payers), (Eritrean government will gets ‘its money’ (your words) so why do you worry too much? Bzuh Aytisekef!
        Ghezae Hagos

        • Truth

          I worry because unfortunately these lies and distortion have smeared the good name of the Eritrean Canadian community. You may not care about that but you’ve done more harm than you could imagine. Let us also not forget that Canada also deems those who fought for the ELF and EPLF as terrorists as well as Mandela long after he was released. So in all honesty, Canada has some pretty dumb politicians. No wonder they wouldn’t know what the word “solicitation” means.

          • Tesfabirhan WR

            Mr. Truth (???) anyway,

            Why didn’t you say then from the very beginning like what you said now. You wrote, “… the good name of the Eritrean Canadian community.” aye aye bashay Truth do kinibleka. Now you came out from your political hallucination and started to talk about the community. If you really take care of the community, tell the regime that the community is divided because of you. The community in Canada was supposed to be community in Eritrea but only because of INJUSTICE back home is forced to live abroad. Tell this to the regime, but be careful, just send an application letter saying like that now. I am saying this because by any means if you go Asmara and tell them like that Era Ero, the prison (torturing) center built by the 2% extorted money is waiting openly for people who will demand justice.

            tes

  • Ermias

    This is great news. Great discussion Gezae and Haile. I read all of it.

    There are to sides to this though. The receiver (the rogue regime) and the payers (the poor Eritreans). The question is how do we convince people to stop paying this bogus 2% taxes? Most pay for the sake of their properties, house or whatever but Wedi Vacaro said it best – even enda aba habesh is still there. I wish people can understand that whatever you own will be there now and tomorrow.

    The tide of Lampedusa has turned against PFDJ. The curse of those poor souls and specially one soul which was supposed to be two souls momentarily. I have never felt more heartbroken than Lampedusa and I boldly stated that the incident was the inflection point for the regime – will not survive it.

    Great job Canadian FM. Next up…USA.

  • ghezaehagos

    Hello Mr. ‘Truth’ as in Pravda, mish d’o?

    Just to re-repeat, what was repeated again and again: Canada has investigated and warned.. for ‘Adiuu t’qxero’ time.

    I was going to respond to your insinuations but chose to post this learned response from ‘Nlazeb’ after I stumbled onthe PFDJ/Isaias owned website, tesfanews..about that one, as the ‘abyeti’ say,”Domani è un altro giorno”
    So, I invite you to read it..

    “ንላዘብ ..”

    MIK, your concern about the far reaching detrimental impacts of the 2% on the people of Eri is understandable. I don’t think people, even those who are opposing this 2% tax, like to see the downfall of their own people. I think ALL Eritreans give more than 2% directly or indirectly. Had it not been for the diaspora, regardless of ones political view, our people back at home would be starving to death by now. With the exception of few rich business people and government officials, do you know of any Eritrean family that eats 3 proper meals per day without the support of their loved ones from diaspora?

    Your concluded that people are opposing the government because they hate of PFDJ. That is telling only one side of the truth. 99.9% of Eritrean people supported EPLF/PFDJ wholeheartedly. Nobody became PFDJ’s enemy over night. What drove a lot of people to oppose PFDJ is a culmination of many events over a long stretch of years.

    This is a government that does not allow and kind of constructive criticism or entertain differing ideas from its people. This is a government that looks down on its people. No transparency. Wasn’t it PIA who said “ገንዘብኩም ጥራሕ ሃቡና ኣበይ ክምነውዕሎ ናባና ግደፍዎ”, when asked by one mother as to how the money collected from ሓፋሽ was being spent?

    For me the tipping point the abuse of the government on its own people. Arresting and throwing people to jail for congregating to worship God?!? Arresting fathers of 80 year old’s because their sons and daughters escaped to Sudan? Denying exit visas to people who want to educate themselves, by paying their own money? Throwing people to jail for holding a differing political opinion than the leadership? shooting its own citizens for trying to cross the border? Tell me if I am lying and I will humbly rest my case.

    If you are so angry about people opposing the 2% then you should be equally angry about the mistreatment of people back at home.

    You asked if we have a goal – yes we have a goal. Our goal is to see EVERY Eritrean treated with equality. Our goal is to have a country where its citizens could walk down the street without being asked for መንቀሳቀሲ. Our goal is to let anybody worship whatever he/she likes as long as they abide by the laws of the country. Our goal is to give everybody the freedom to enter and leave the country as they wish. I don’t think that is asking too much.”
    Ghezae Hagos.

    • haileTG

      Hi Ghezae,

      Given that we live in times where Eritrean mothers are eaten by wild animals, die of thirst with their children crossing deserts and being thrown off to die at sea, only those people with a reason to support the crime syndicate in the name of PFDJ are supporting. Think about it Ghezae, many are narrow minded thieves with a thinly spread delusional souls. Their humiliation is coming from all directions and they are giving deaf ears. IA is a wasted soul and he knows it. His life’s work is useless now and Eritrea is likely not to have a burial place for him. His operatives (thieves) plan to melt away as soon as things to move faster towards the despot’s palace. They will just collect whatever moneythey have at hand and swindle properties and other assets under current hgdef and would disappear. Most of them are in great distress now (especially the 2-3 who are usually the mini dictators in the diaspora and control resources). Some are foolishly thinking if the Eritrean “silent majority” are having hard time to decide who to support. Little do they know that the so called “silent majority” know hgdef and they are as much silent towards hgdef and are in no need of pointers to figure it out. They are just too overwhelmed and need strong opposition that would galvanize them. The humiliation of hgdef in Canada is a step in the right direction and tens of thousands of Eritreans in Canada ain’t coming out to support hgdef and live up to the bogus claim made here.

      Keep hammering the serpent on the head :-)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iAcLTImVQ0

      • ghezaehagos

        Dearest Haile,

        • haileTG

          Thanks brother Ghezae,

          Just a small addition, it makes for a hilarious comedy if it wasn’t for the tragic twists to it when these people say “inconvenience the people”!!!! Can you believe that? This regime has “INCONVENIENCE” all in caps, for a middle name. This is a regime that has inconvenienced almost half a million youth out of the country, a regime that has inconvenienced normal life in the country, the regime that has inconvenienced the diaspora by holding it hostage as a cash cow by dividing communities and overpopulating it with operatives, this is a regime that inconvenience the dead by blocking burials, this is a regime that inconvenience those mourning Lampedusa barely over six months ago by organizing guyala, a regime that has inconvenienced education, trade, work, health…you name it in Eritrea. A regime that is so backward that has inconvenienced the nation into total isolation, I could go on, but hey, it’d be preaching to the converted.

          The funny thing is that yesterday one embassy staffer Samuel Igbu (tess might know him from Nakfa cadre school :-) was claiming over 90% of Eritreans in Canada don’t pay anyway. So, is this ignorant yo yo telling us that over 90% of Eritreans in Canada do not request services or in other words they play no role in their national affairs? Or is he saying these people get service without paying? If it is the former, then what was that all Mekhete brouhaha if over 90% have nothing to do with the country?

          You see Ghezae, as I said, only thieves with definitive share of the loots from the wanton killing of Eritreans are standing by the regime now. They can not even mount a decently coherent argument to camouflage their rape of the country. As far as opposition to the regime and its band of thieves, it is in the majority. However, leadership and unity are amiss. Information is not well managed to serve the purpose and the regime is simply looked away from while people argue about petty issues of no practical relevance or application whatsoever. We will hopefuly get there in time before another major tragedy or irreversible catastrophic event.

          Hawka

          • Truth

            Most Eritreans don’t pay. Do a simple survey around your community and you’ll find most don’t. Unless they own a home, a business or need some documents processed. And once they get such documents processed, they stop. How do you not know this?

          • haileTG

            Truth, If we assume that is true, then the question is what does it matter for the consulate not to inconvenience 10% of the customers in order to keep the place open and do the diplomatic business? You also need to note that when one pays 2% they need to settle up for all the years they were here in the diaspora. An elderly woman who worked as a cleaner had to go to the bank to get a line of credit to settle over $9000 in arrears, poor lady she was pulling her hair out. But the key issue is that if we go by his admission, Eritreans in Canada (over 90%) don’t pay it, means that they conduct no businesses with their homeland, they have no family ties that require them to do so and what have you! It is not paid regularly is not the same as it is not paid. It gets paid but not in a regular fiscal cycle. Again, the Consulate can make its books open for examination and such information can easily be verified. Sadly, PFDJ is no longer capable of uttering a grain of truth. It is deeply submersed in a criminal activity that can only be passed through blatant lies, distortions, obfuscation of material facts and the likes. This time it is challenging the Canadian government in a dare devil fashion when the facts speak for themselves. If it can’t comply then it must leave.

          • Truth

            And if it leaves, people will still pay. That’s what I want you and your peers to understand. As for the elderly lady, well that’s life and life is not fair. Just ask this women: http://www.newsweek.com/latest-victim-sf-real-estate-speculators-98-year-old-woman-258244

          • haileTG

            Truth, not so. The whole idea is to disrupt the consulate from carrying out the long arm of the dictatorial regime. 2% is one component, other operations that sabotaged the diaspora and carried out from with in “hizbawin bahlawn gudayat” or “public and cultural affairs” department (essentially spy network that controls community organizations) and others would be disrupted. The means of funds transfer would be degraded and hence lower the volume of payment transfers. The bee hive of the spy network inside the Consulate would be demolished and result it going in disarray. Hopefully, the next people to be gone after would be the individual implants within local communities (those who chair community organizations for decades unelected and their hound dogs). This is part of the overall assault on the intimidation and extortion racket of the rogue regime.

          • Tesfabirhan WR

            Dear Haile TG,

            what a great discussion is this! The regime supporters do not have valid arguments but have valid punishment methods against those who do not pay the 2% extortion by blocking the rights of citizenship. Let’s have a look on the current circular letter of PFDJ in Europe (I am not aware in America) and see the listed requirements. To get the new Citizenship ID Card one has to fulfill the 2% extortion.

            The other thing is, the 2% extortion is a sign of loyalty to the mafia group of PFDJ not the country. THrough 2% one expresses his YES I am ready to be a SLAVE of the regime. The payment has nothing to done with the National Income Tax which is collected by the Ministry of Finance. For this, the former minister has openly stated for this tax as Money with UNKNOWN destination and as a result he is now replaced by another one.

            This 2% extortion is collected and administered by the ruling regime. The government has nothing to do with it. Actually, within the governmental structure, PFDJ position is everything. You asked me if I know Samuel Igbu sorry I do not know many individuals but people like him are looting and sending this money without any valid tax payment approval receipts. The only means to approve whether one pays or not is to visit Asmara and confirm for his white-listed paper. All the names are directly transferred to the National Security Agency through parallel networks starting from the local community cell to the PFDJ security systems.

            To conclude then, the 2% tax extortion has nothing to do with the national income taxation but a confirmation of loyalty to the terrorist regime in Asmara. It is quite clear when I say this.

            hawka
            tes

  • ghezaehagos

    Mr. ‘Truth’ as in Pravda,

    Canadian government has investigated and warned Eritrean regime..for how long now…! Adi’uu t’qsero!

    I was preparing a rebuttal for your insinuations; but I stumbled on this learned comment from n’lazeb at PFDJ/Isaias-owned website, tesfanews…and I hope you learn from it. (BTW:- for that website, Domani è un altro giorno! dyom d’blu abeyti!)

    ” ንላዘብ MIK • 4 hours ago

    MIK, your concern about the far reaching detrimental impacts of the 2% on the people of Eri is understandable. I don’t think people, even those who are opposing this 2% tax, like to see the downfall of their own people. I think ALL Eritreans give more than 2% directly or indirectly. Had it not been for the diaspora, regardless of ones political view, our people back at home would be starving to death by now. With the exception of few rich business people and government officials, do you know of any Eritrean family that eats 3 proper meals per day without the support of their loved ones from diaspora?

    Your concluded that people are opposing the government because they hate of PFDJ. That is telling only one side of the truth. 99.9% of Eritrean people supported EPLF/PFDJ wholeheartedly. Nobody became PFDJ’s enemy over night. What drove a lot of people to oppose PFDJ is a culmination of many events over a long stretch of years.

    This is a government that does not allow and kind of constructive criticism or entertain differing ideas from its people. This is a government that looks down on its people. No transparency. Wasn’t it PIA who said “ገንዘብኩም ጥራሕ ሃቡና ኣበይ ክምነውዕሎ ናባና ግደፍዎ”, when asked by one mother as to how the money collected from ሓፋሽ was being spent?

    For me the tipping point the abuse of the government on its own people. Arresting and throwing people to jail for congregating to worship God?!? Arresting fathers of 80 year old’s because their sons and daughters escaped to Sudan? Denying exit visas to people who want to educate themselves, by paying their own money? Throwing people to jail for holding a differing political opinion than the leadership? shooting its own citizens for trying to cross the border? Tell me if I am lying and I will humbly rest my case.

    If you are so angry about people opposing the 2% then you should be equally angry about the mistreatment of people back at home.

    You asked if we have a goal – yes we have a goal. Our goal is to see EVERY Eritrean treated with equality. Our goal is to have a country where its citizens could walk down the street without being asked for መንቀሳቀሲ. Our goal is to let anybody worship whatever he/she likes as long as they abide by the laws of the country. Our goal is to give everybody the freedom to enter and leave the country as they wish. I don’t think that is asking too much.”

  • Omer Osman

    This is a very appropriate decision from the Canadian government. I hope all democratic countries would follow suit and stop this illegal money flow to the tyrant regime of PFDJ. Transferring money to a regime that doesn’t respect even the slightest of human rights of its citizens is a criminal action and must be stopped. And a legal action should be taken on those “Eritreans” who pay this illegal tax, and thereby, prolong the life of PFDJ.

  • Hope

    Agreed,Bro.
    The only reason Canada is doing this is because Ertrea will take over Canada in a year or two on the Potash business-in all it’s aspects.
    Canadian Mininimg Companies will be kicked out soon and the Chimes will monopolize the Mining business and Russia will take over the Potash business.
    The Chinese are readying for Natural Gas and Petrolium exploration.
    So, what is the big deal for losing few thousand dollars from Canada?
    There should be better and practical way of fighting for Change rather than dealing with House Keeping issues,which is a sign of weakness.
    There is a speculation that the USA will follow suit but too late now after the Mining is booming and the British in fact confirmed the huge potential of Natural Gas and Petrolium recently

    • haileTG

      haha hope!!! የተጫነችውን እህል፡ እትበላው ኣህያ! a donkey can’t eat the grain it is carrying.

      • Hope

        Because of you and your likes who have advocated NOT to eat what I am carrying on my back.

    • ghezaehagos

      Mr. ‘Hope.”
      Qrub d’o ‘tieena’ t’guadelena ala…haqey?

      • Hope

        Be yourself ya back-stabber wahid.
        Your job should have been to unite Eritreans,not to dismantle communities.
        Enie kemutkugn serdo aibkel alech ahiya!

    • Amanuel

      Hi Hope
      Your piece reminds me a Tgrigna proverb goes like ” Semay Semay Etrefkn meriet meriet ywsedkn” loosely translated as “forget about flying try walking”

      • Hope

        In fact that is for you.

    • Yodita

      Mr. Hope,

      An Amharic saying goes “የቆጡን አውርድ ብላ የብብትዋን ጣለች”.

      • Hope

        Yodita,
        Waaa,
        Amhareitidichi?
        Zeifelitku!
        My message was clear to u.
        Deal with bigger issues and forget about these little none sense.
        Try to outsmart the strengths of The PFDJ and learn from its weaknesses and focus as well on its weakness and attack positively it’s weaknesses while learning from its weaknesses and strengths .
        Counting the PFDJ sins has never been and will never be a solution but a big sign of weakness and lack of confidence.
        As to the 2percent tax,it is a choice at least for now and no need to cry about it and do not use it as a means for real Change.
        What if the Majority decide to be a criteria for Citizenship as Tes mentioned?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Sis Yodita,
        Hawna Hope doesn’t know what his talking. You just avoid his diatribe, and the best way is, to ignore him.
        Hawki,
        Amanuel Hidrat

        • Yodita

          Kbur Amaneul Hidrat,

          Thank you Hawey.

  • Rodab
    • ghezaehagos

      Thanks Rodab. Always reliable..

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatistas,

    In the game of chess, “Critical Moves” often include complicated decisions, inflexible plans and cannot be changed. Such a move should be played carefully and slowly (if you don’t play chess: Critical Move is a best move ‘enough better’ than the second best move [otherwise] in order to make a difference in the way the game ends).

    Now consider “to very clearly and unequivocally deliver a strong message [to the Eritrean consulate] that this activity must cease and desist, and if it doesn’t we will close the consulate” quoted from the news above.

    If the Consulate agrees to the demand, then it can’t render any service, since all its services are 2% dependent. Hence, agreeing to the above demand amounts to the regime shutting the Consulate on its own accord. If it rejects the demand however, there would be the same outcome, only the Canadian MoFA would effect the closure.

    So, I am wondering here if this amounts to a “Critical Move” time or an outright “Checkmate”?

    My second question is to AT. Deat AT, according to the PG we know that you only post news from other sources that is available elsewhere, only if you find a way to add value. I don’t see that applied here? Or am I missing something?

    Cheers

    • ghezaehagos

      Dear Haw Haile,

      Incidentally, it was our brother Aron Berhane who asked the question to the Minister at a press conference.

      At any rate, you put it very well. Just to add to your information, the consulate office has agreed to the terms two months ago (May) but again reneged. Fresh reports showed they still continued.

      The era of consulate office in Toronto or the even the agents (wekelti) involving in 2% tax in Canada is over.

      If you want to discuss more about this and related topics, you know where to drop in few lines.:)

      ghezae_hagos@yahoo.com

      All the best,
      Ghezae Hagos

      • haileTG

        Dear Ghezae,

        Thanks for the clarification. One thing that is now obvious is that the regime doesn’t have a way out on this. Even the de-facto Consul in charge, Ahmed has admitted that much. Considering that this is a regime that forced disabled tegadelti to sign a letter of apology for voicing anger at having to go hungry and without, it is indeed satisfying beyond measure to see it humiliated like this. In Bologna, while all of its criminal entourage were sitting in the North Park, the mayor of the city was shouting “…thieves get out of our city” from the main square of the city on Saturday July 7. Hgdef is humiliated everywhere and as they say what goes around comes around. The regime and its stooges are the principal enemy of the Eritrean people and ብስለላ፡ ስልኳን፡ ኮለላን have humiliated our people beyond measure and exposed us to face the threat of distraction as a nation. Thank God the world has come on the side of the Eritrean people and all hgdef has to show is its paid operatives and unrelenting fabrications to cover up its horrendous crimes. I believe that the pressure on hgdef must be increased intensely at this critical time till its pillars are completely demolished and we get the chance to start afresh again. The remaining stretch of a mile should be reasonably easy, since the regime has lost all its legs to stand on.

        Congrats :-)

        • ghezaehagos

          Dear Haile,
          Exactly, there is no way out of this and the case is done.
          We have all said it, repeatedly. In the end the only way 2% tax can stop significantly is when people decided to stop paying. In 1970s and 1980s, the least sacrifice Eritrean expatriates and refugees paid to the cause of independence was to boycott Ethiopia. Whether house, property or other concerns were shelved till new day came.
          Fast forward: 2010s. When Eritreans have been paying dearly with their lives, kidneys and dreams, the least that we at diaspora can do is boycott Isaias. Other personal needs of property, house, family or etc are understandably important but the pay off is unacceptable. They can’t and shouldn’t be weighed against the urgent needs of a nation in the verge extinction. So, yes, taxation may continue on Eritrean-Canadians but it is us who should say, “I won’t pay because by paying even if I get something back home, the MONEY I am giving Isaias will only prolong the suffering of the very family or society I love. I have to shelve my other needs until Isaias is gone. FOR THE SAKE OF MY PEOPLE.”
          With utmost respect,
          Ghezae Hagos

  • Thomas

    Go back to Eritrea and pay whatever amount you want to pay. I know your kind, trust me!!

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