The unelected regime of Isaias Afwerki has been in power since 1991. Over the years, Isaias Afwerki may have changed his title from Secretary General to President; the ruling party may have changed its name from Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) to People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ); the government may have changed its name from Provisional Government of Eritrea (PGE) to Government of Eritrea (GoE), but throughout, one thing has remained a constant: the state of Eritrean people has gone from bad to worse. It has now gotten to its absolute nadir, where a state of indignity for the people–with no rights for the people, and absolute power for the regime–is considered the accepted norm.
Between now and May 24th, awate.com will run a series entitled “Eritrean People: 20 Years of Indignity. ” The title is no coincidence–it is to show that the theme which the state propaganda media chose for May 24, 1991, the “Eritrea: 20 years of dignity” is a total farce, unsurprising for a government-owned media whose sole task is to tell falsehoods and outright lies. It is to show that their focus is on some abstract conception called “Eritrea” whereas our focus is on the Eritrean people.
The Isaias Afwerki regime expects its diaspora organs including Eastafro, alenalki, and other instruments of authoritarianism to embellish and propagate its meager “achievements” and whitewash its monumental failures. Even more amusing, there are also pathetic “me-too” websites and “organizations” who are looking for an admission ticket to the freak show and they will attempt to do loud, but ultimately futile, hand-raising to get the attention of the headmaster crying, “sir, sir, I too can be a classroom monitor! Just hand me the stick!”
In contrast, we will be using facts and figures, using credible sources to make our case. Along with our sister websites assenna.com and asmarino.com and other advocates of freedom; along with freedom banners at facebook and Paltalk; along with brave Eritrean human rights advocates, we will continue highlighting the 20 years of indignity that the Eritrean people have been suffering.
The fight for Eritrean freedom requires absolute moral clarity and the time for “on-the-one-hand” and “on-the-other-hand” sophistry and accommodation is long gone.