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Intense Anxiety Engulfing Eritrea

Since last Spring, when the army started to instruct conscripts returning to their units to stay at home until further notice, the Eritrean government has been facing difficulties in maintaining a properly manned army.

A conscript who has escaped Eritrea informed Gedab News, “the government can’t feed the army, so they told us to stay at home to mend for ourselves.”

The conscript had stayed in his village for five months with his parents before escaping to Sudan and is now planning the second leg of his journey to make it to Europe. He said, “I can’t stay with my ailing parents who depend on a small farm to feed themselves … hardly enough to feed them, my handicapped brother, and my widowed aunt.”

Several units of the Eritrean army are hallow and exist only in name, and often, “you find a squad guarding the installations of a camp that used to house a battalion.

Many conscripts have taken advantage of the extended leave and left the country; the army is now facing difficulties in recalling them.

In what appears as an attempt to control the situation, the Eritrean immigration department has suspended the issuing of exit visas, but that hasn’t stopped the flocking of people who are crossing the borders of the country.

Insiders say, “the regime thought it could simply declare them AWOL and like the old times sweep the streets to forcefully return every missing conscript.”

Only a little over a third of the twenty-thousand senior-year high school students who were supposed to report for the last round of training in the Sawa military camp did so. The rest simply ignored the call and either left the country or went into hiding.

Around the country, some youngsters have resorted to brigandage and several mugging incidents by “youth holding sticks” were reported in Asmara. Residents in poorly lighted neighborhoods with narrow alleys “are so terrified of the situation they do not move alone at night.”

In order to ameliorate the shortage of soldiers, and keep order, the government has been trying to assemble the militia who were supposed to report to several localities, but the calls to report for “training” were largely ignored.

In urban centers, “very few militia reported, particularly in towns like Keren, Adi Kieh and Ghindae … only one person reported from Edaga Hamus” neighborhood of Asmara. It is worse in the countryside where citizens in many villages defiantly refused to report. In many places the dateline for reporting has been postponed for a second time.

Reports indicate that Ethiopia has deployed its forces on the South and Southwest of the Eritrean borders and its reconnaissance scouts are monitoring the region.

A teacher from southern Eritrean told Gedab News, “The regime is acting as if these are signs of an imminent Ethiopian incursion into Eritrea, and this has added to the anxiety of the population.”

Adding to the already building tension, on October 16, 2014, Sendek, an Ethiopian Amharic newspaper quoting official sources stated that the federal prosecutor has charged six residents of the Beni Shangul-Gumuz region for receiving political and military training in Eritrea. One of the charges is an attempt to disrupt the Ethiopian renaissance dam.

In March, 2012 Ethiopian forces attacked the camps of Ethiopian rebels group trained and hosted by the Eritrean government. The attack was believed to be a retaliation for “terrorist acts the groups carried out in Ethiopia.”

Ethiopia has a long standing policy, which was repeated by its Prime Minister in New York recently, that it will retaliate if it ever catches any of its Eritrean based opposition conducting “an act of terrorism in Ethiopia.”

Further reading:
Ethiopia Attacks Military Bases Inside Eritrea
Crisis In The Eritrean Army

 

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  • Saleh Johar

    Selam Truth,
    I think I tried what you are suggesting a while ago. I engaged dawit enough but he inspired me to write the following article exactly a year ago two days ago. Check it out here:
    http://awate.com/honors-i-dont-claim-allegations-i-dont-deny/

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Round up of recent affairs in order:-)

    1) A man named Mr Mehanso, believed to have worked in Eritrea’s Cycling federation has recently joined the swelling ranks of refugees amassed in northern Tigray, Ethiopia. Although, from his interview, one would note that the man’s reasons for leaving were personal feud with his superiors, he has inadvertently confirmed few issues that are of interest to justice seekers:

    a – He said that he had to cancel his first planned attempt to leave Eritrea because there were clashes between PFDJ security and residents of various towns and villages in southern Eritrea. This confirms earlier reports.

    b – He said nowadays people don’t venture out at night because there are posters of “anti-shaebia in his words” being distributed at night and those who wonder around the night might get taken by the PFDJ security organs. This confirms what arbi harnet been saying (although I personally saw one such writings on a wall around Medeber area last year and half ago).

    c – He said almost 150 – 200 people are flooding the camps daily, many being children. This answers dawit’s questions.

    2) After initial posturing and muscle flexing, the PFDJ’s back has been broken with its militarization aspect of nation destruction. No giffa so far (Arbi Harnet – read) and PFDJ has no clue what to do now, with opposition movements outside the country following events closely and keeping mega phones on stand-by to publicize even the slightly minute event. Thealliance of thieves is caught pants down.

    3) Another opposition movement, EMSNS, has joined the foray in clandestine work inside Eritrea by reporting that it has distributed many pamphlets inside Tesseney. The content is related to its organization’s aims and objectives and a call for the people to remain firm on the current disobedience taking place.

    Conclusion:

    The entry of more diaspora based resistance into the scene of the current situation is welcome. Organized groups are often the key ingredient for successful popular uprisings. They benefit the movement logistically and organizationally. Such had been widely studied in the case of the Egyptian uprising. The moslem brotherhood’s organized participation did play a part in maintaining the momentum of the uprising. Critics say however, despite the fact that organized groups being crucial to the success of popular uprisings, they tend to complicate the political outcome of the whole process by dominating and influencing its direction to their narrow party agenda, Egypt’s Morsi is case in point.

    So, the PFDJ is in serious turmoil and there is no easy exit for it out of the current fix. Popular uprisings will sure be agitated for and take place. The involvement of more exiled opposition at this early stage is a sure sign that things are headed that way.

  • dawit

    Dear Kokeb;
    So you wakeup from your day dream and decided to respond, after three days, still blaming Isaias. Why should I delete what I wrote? I wrote it because I believed it and I dont have the habits of changing by words to fit the trend, just like PIA. We dont exchange the truth for a piece of a meal.
    I read once you claimed you were EPRP member. So is this a new allegation to blame Isaias, for your group decimated by TPLF from your fort Asimba! Are you claiming he sent TPLF to kill you? He gave you arms, the same arms that he gave TPLF and put them at Dedebit. You were weak to fight, and when TPLF told you to leave Tigrai and you left, and you forgive TPLF and blame Isaias and EPLF. My advice to you read what I wrote before you blame ISAIAS THE GREAT! For half a century he is fighting injustice in the region and you are shouting on the wrong tree for your problems!

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Selam dawit,

      Isaias, oh man com’on. he is a blood thirsty leader. If he fought for half a century it is only because he is a vampire. How can a human being suck blood of innocent people for 50 years? This is a ridiculous. dawit, if you are applauding for the DIA’s work, you must not then count the atrocities committed by dictator Mengistu. In fact, Mengistu is better in many cases. He tried to annex a foreign land and he clearly told the world that he didn’t want the people but the land. Unlike this, DIA has not official declaration but a silencing killer. This is what it kept the Eritrean people to stand against him in mass though many knew him that he was a killer. Do you know “Deception”, we were deceived. And remember, only a believer can be deceived or betrayed and so are we.

      Now, we have realized that a serpent is among us and a serpent has to be hit in his head so are we doing it. The fall of the dictatorship is a must as oppressed people always win over the oppressor (to click your Marxist doctrine).

      tes

      • Peace!

        Dear tess,

        Please no distraction as it seems very interesting exchange of accusations. Let them fight it out.

        Thank you!!

        • Tesfabirhan WR

          selam Peace,

          It is simply a wastage of time actually to respond to people like dawit, the lentil minded worshipper. We will cook him out but may be he will be sufficient to his priest monkey, Yemane Gebreab. People like dawit and Hope are nothing but blind and ignorant appreciators of the PFDJ system.

          Do not worry though, the time is not far and they will see how wonderful it is to live in a democratic state.

          tes

      • Semere Andom

        Tes:
        You get to be kidding to engage dawit, people like him do not know the truth even if it hit them in the face as it does in the case of Eritrea.
        One more impressive comment from Nitricc and my sanctions will be totally lifted:-)tric once said that there is some thing wrong with this picture when Omer Tewil, a veteran fighter died in prions so he has this side of him that is in constant war with his other side and eventually he will triumph over the wrong side. dawit is a different animal he is not even a devil’s advocate like Nitricc is some times, trying to make sense of the senseless. dawit from his comments believes that everything in Eritrea is right and he called fore crime tob be tolerated by the people. He is a PFDJ operative whose lively hood and interests are tied with the survival of PFDJ, if PFDJ is gone he too is. He may have millions of brains cells but all of them have evolved to be worms.
        All the colonizes that ruled Eritrea are far better than dawit’s PFDJ and the reason we are here as a country is because of dawit’s ilk, a group of people who when ordered to eliminate or murdere one person will go beyond that call of “duty” kill multiple people both for pleasure and to please their master Isaisis. Did you see how he called Isaias the “great” who fought for justice?

      • dawit

        tes and sem
        you two are cut from the same cloth. You two have reached you safe harbour in Canada and France taking advantaage of Eritrean resources. As PIA described people like common theives who run away stealing Eritrean miger educational resources. You left Eritrea, thinking you will get heaven outside Eritrea, You dont like it where you are and you want to go back and rule Eritrea. So you want to use innocent Eritrean youth for your sinster ideas. You want to use them as steping stone for your thurst for power. Well you dont come to power by piling accusation on PIA even it reaches to the sky. You get to power by struggle and that is how PIA did it and how he reached where he is now.
        If anything you have acheived since you started blaming PIA and Eritrea, decades ago, is misguiding few Eritrean youths driving them away from their country and live as refugees and destitutes in refugee camps and to their death in deserts and seas. and helping UN military and economic sanctions based on your fabricated lies. No wonder you two praise Mengistu and Ethiopian army for destroying Eritrea for decades. I am sure most probably you were paid and perhaps still collect you stipend from Ethiopian government to desiminate false propoganda against the Eritrean people and government. and that is what you do for living insulting 24/7 year after year. When you can’t argue logically you resort to insults and wild acusations.
        Shame on you!

  • AMEN

    I often see that media outlets post armed elders or underage youth as their campaign strategy to send the message that Eritrea is an armed nation so and so… But that is only half part of the issue. The core issue is… (will come back)

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  • AMEN

    Dear AwaTigraiOnline :
    I do not want to hide it to you that I am a die hard Jebha and Shaebia supporter.
    But
    If power is held by Eritreans in Ethiopia
    I do not have problem to be Ethiopian & call myself Ethiopiawi.
    You know,
    Everything and Every struggle is for POWER !!
    proud
    Ethiopian & Eritrean
    AMEN

  • Mike

    Well,

    I slept watching the horror movie unfolding I Eritrea – I walk up and the movie is still not done. darn! Well, this ship is about to face the wreck. Not sure if anyone has patience to encounter another indigestion, to watch the ending – I think many are willing to watch it for whatever the end result will be however. Simply, the outcome is expected to be different. Different – right? You promised – different right? The ending is near. I would not want to ride this Ship though. If I were the “Captain” or any “would be Capitan” I would jump off this Ship. I would want to walk away from this Rusting ship earlier, but that option might have long gone – but I would still jump off and hope to live so I could share the trill of the ride.

    I sure want to see the main cast of characters to be “courted” in the aftermath to hear the story. It could make an excellent Sequel but I am not sure if I would want to see the Sequel again. I would rather sail a fresh ocean in a new passenger cruise.

    Okay okay – I am awake – But are the Eritrean leaders steering the ship away? Are they really awake? Or they are trying a new futuristic move – using, apparently and if true, foreign recruits? Is the Sun not up in Eritrea….. Someone please walk them up and direct them that they are trading with the wrong jar of honey!

    Okay time to pause my movie and get something done – Peace and Freedom to Eritrea.

  • Mike

    Well,

    I slept watching the horror movie unfolding I Eritrea – I walk up and the movie is still not done. darn! Well, this ship is about to face the wreck. Not sure if anyone has patience to encounter another indigestion, to watch the ending – I think many are willing to watch it for whatever the end result will be however. Simply, the outcome is expected to be different. Different – right? You promised – different right? The ending is near. I would not want to ride this Ship though. If I were the “Captain” or any “would be Capitan” I would jump off this Ship. I would want to walk away from this Rusting ship earlier, but that option might have long gone – but I would still jump off and hope to live so I could share the trill of the ride.
    I sure want to see the main cast of characters to be “courted” in the aftermath to hear the story. It could make an excellent Sequel but I am not sure if I would want to see the Sequel again. I would rather sail a fresh ocean in a new passenger cruise.
    Okay okay – I am awake – But are the Eritrean leaders steering the ship away? Are they really awake? Or they are trying a new futuristic move – using, apparently and if true, foreign recruits? Is the Sun not up in Eritrea….. Someone please walk them up and direct them that they are trading with the wrong jar of honey!
    Okay time to pause my movie and get something done – Peace and Freedom to Eritrea.

  • Admas

    ምነዉ የጃንሆይ ልጅ, ወደ አስምራ የሚሄድ አየር ምንገድ ዉስን ከምሆኑ የተነሳ ዲያስፖራ ኤርትራዊያን ቤተሰብ ለመጠየቅ በተቸገሩበት ዝምን አንተ ስለSouth-Korea ኢንቨስተሮች ኤርትራን ማጥለቅለቅ ትጎርራለህ…ትንሽ እፍረት እንክዋ የለህም? አሁን እኮ ወደ ኤርትራ ከመሄድ ወደ Mars መሄድ ይረክሳል…

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista

    “[…] Despite the life impos­si­ble, admit the two men, the Eritrean pop­u­la­tion have not rised up, like in Egypt or Tunisia. Things are mov­ing now, and soon we will have our pop­u­lar rev­o­lu­tion” adds Temes­ghen…

    Interview with youth activists in Asmara READ FULL TEXT

    • Abinet

      Selam Haile TG
      I found this very powerful
      “Today, the religion of Tegadelti is collapsing. So we hope that things will change soon”.
      Melkam qen

      • haileTG

        Selam Abi

        I hope you understood the statement in its proper “insider” context. An outsider may easily understand it to mean that since “the religion of tegadelti” could mean what they stood for, i.e. independence, then it follows the view of independence is collapsing. That isn’t the meaning it gives to an Eritrean. You see, the Eritrean people made a wrong assumption that since tegadelti won the independence struggle, then it was fair to let them run the country. Unfortunately, they failed miserably to steer the nation into safe harbor and instead brought it to the edge of the cliff and parked it there precariously for certain disaster. Hence, that belief that they won independence and are the most fit to govern (the “religion” evidenced by blind faith despite their obvious failure) is collapsing. Meaning, the vast of the population has no faith in the regime from tegadelti background to be capable of governing a village let alone a country. So, that statement is very much about today than anything the deromantics would try utilize it in connection to their revisionist stand on Ghedli and the independence of Eritrea.

        Melkam qen Lehulachin

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Two thumbs up to Djibouti, it has now managed to get the UNSC to demand under chapter VII Eritrea to produce its captive soldiers from the border skirmishes. If the Eritreans regime ignores the demand punitive measures would follow. This against the Eritrean regime that doesn’t even care if the Eritrean captives (19 at the beginning and one has died recently of his harsh living conditions). In fact, the regime not only left them to rot there but it never even bothered to announce the widely covered death of one of their group. That is what Eritrean lives are to the regime in a nut shell.

    Regards

    • haileTG

      Correction: I have just read the full text of UNSC Resolution 2182. The actual wording is urges and not demands that was reported in whatsinblue.org The text relating to Eritrea reads as:

      “52. Welcomes the SEMG’s ongoing and significant efforts to engage with the Government of Eritrea and the Government of Eritrea’s cooperation with the SEMG, emphasizes that this must continue and strengthen, and reiterates its expectation that the Government of Eritrea will facilitate the entry of the SEMG to Eritrea, as requested in paragraph 31 of resolution 2111 (2013);

      “53. Urges Eritrea to make available information pertaining to Djiboutian combatants missing in action since the clashes of 10 to 12 June 2008;

      “54. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”

      Regards

      • Truth

        Are you the same guy ,who was blaming the GoE to/for the death of an Eritrean “POW” in Djbouti?
        If so:
        First,did you confirm that these “POW” are real POW or defectors?
        Second:
        Did you try to help them one way or another,and if not,why NOT?
        Ms Elsa Chyrum exposed the suffering of those “POW”, but as of yet,I have never seen any Eritrean or an Eri Activist or NGO ,who has tried to give them a hand other than bluffing behind the compuiters..
        At least,as Eritreans,why have not you appealed to the UNHCR or Red Cross about their plight and suffering?
        You are equally responsible for ther suffering besides the GoE you are pointing the finger at.
        Enta Akhber kezab,We’llahi Al’Azim bil-hagig!

        • Tesfabirhan WR

          selam Truth,

          By the way, who is GoE? No one blames for an institution that does not exist. As far as there is no constitution or rule of law, there is no government. A government is a legal entity who governs a society of a property with rule of law.

          Eritrea failed to have its own government. remember that, in 1991, we had only formed a transitional government and in 1997, we failed to change it into a government. hence, we have a dictator in Eritrea, a regime, a junta, that controls not that governs.

          The rest, it is just a trashy words.

        • haileTG

          hey, you sound bea’lege and ignorant, is that fair assessment of your nutcase?

          Bea’lege is for your tasteless insult. That shows you’re a useless piece of nothing.

          Ignorant: these people are POWs meaning off limits to anyone. Capito. The Amhara would call you asadagi yebedelew…and I would call you sorry azz pinhead.

  • Mike

    It is interesting to see the slow and painful death of their own making. Painful indeed. Painful it is. I guess Eritrea prisons will probably serve those who engineered it to be erected after all. This is a bad movie coming to an end.
    How is it that Eritrean government would not change the course of history as the system begins to bleed badly? How is that they suffocate their own people to advance their “no war no pace” agenda? Using Ethiopia as an excuse to place your people in “a indentured service” of your own people – have made you run to the cliff! our own making and your own drive to destruction!
    As to for Ethiopia sending its troops near the boarder – that is simply will back fire! Bad calculation! hands off your dirty game Ethiopia. Leave the movie play itself….. ending is near…..

    • Fetima Dechasa

      Mike,

      Ethiopia should protect her boarders, especially at this time of uncertainty in the North. However, Ethiopia should keep clear of any and all involvement with Eritrea’s problems except to provide refugee for those in destitute.

      • dawit

        Which border do you want to protect, the legal or the illegal border? You can not wash your bloody hand like Pilot and absolve your sin.. If Ethiopia was to stay within its legal border all the migration of young and old people in the region would have stopped yesterday!

        • Fetima Dechasa

          dawit,

          I understand that you suffer from delusions of grandeur but rest assured, this isn’t 1998 and you will never catch Ethiopia and Ethiopians in a vulnerable state again, ever. You are allowed to think whatever you wish but you and I know for a fact that young Eritreans aren’t fleeing their homes and families because of Bademe, rather because something fundamentally illicit is happening in your country. Learn to take responsibility for your own actions, words, and stop projecting or diverting issues by playing the blame game. I as an Ethiopian owe you nada!!!

          • dawit

            Dechasa,

            Learn your country history, before you open your mouth. “የምትለብሰው የላት የምትደርበው ኣማራት” ይባላል. በባዶ ቂጥ ምን ዝላይ ኣማረህ. You are a stranger in your own country, when your ancestral land is sold on broad day light to the highest bidder and your sister are sold by the thousands to the Middle East to be domestic servants (slaves). A single Arab man pretending to be Ethiopian owns, 95% of your factories, buildings, mining commercial farms and any big and small business! Is that not your progress? ፋጦ ለማያቅሽ ተከናንበሽ ኣራዳ ውጪ ይባላል

          • Abinet

            According to a recent findings , IA , pretending to be an eritrean , owns 6, 000,000 Eritrean slaves. He can sell them as a whole or as a part . Of course, with your help.
            Keep talking about 18 th century Kings while you have a slave owner in 21st century.

          • Fetima Dechasa

            Dawit,

            No sir. I don’t resort to cheap shots and mud slinging, it isn’t part of my culture nor how I was raised, sorry. Last words of wisdom:

            “Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it! Today is a new day!”
            ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear dawit, “If Ethiopia was to stay within its legal border…..” instead you should say -if Eritrea will install legal government all the migration of young and old people would have stopped yesterday. you can also say Ethiopians could have simply left Badme becouse they wouldn’t find any reason to hold it.

          • dawit

            Dear Kokhob,
            I know your stand, you are trying hard to deflect Ethiopian historic crimes of centuries, starting with Menelik to Eritrea and its leaders. The root of Eritrean, Somali and Ethiopia itself, can be traced to the backward Ethiopian selfish leaders for centuries.. Isaias came yesterday and he his trying his best to correct a century old problems of the region. Now you may think Ethiopia is doing fine as a country, because the Prime Minister or the King is dining with U.S. President or the Queen of England, but let me say this right at this moment for every Eritrean child crossing the border for exile, five Ethiopians are crossing to Kenya, Sudan, Somalia to reach far away places Like Southern Africa, the Middle East and Europe. They are not running away because there is no election or constitution in their country, they are running away because of injustice. Even people in Somalia have fake elections and Constitution like Ethiopia and South Sudan. They are all running away because there are no opportunities to the great majority to live in peace in their country. The root cause of all the problems in the region from the start to the end is the distorted policy of Ethiopian rulers, who believe in lies rather the truth. Eritrean youth are also running, because of the continuous military services in their country because of the unsettled border issues and the illegal economic and military sanction imposed by UN instigated and supported by Ethiopia..

        • Truth

          Ms Fetima/Fatima?,
          I thought it is Ethiopia,which is occupying the Sovereign Eri Land contributing to the Eritrean suffering and mess besides the “No War,No Peace Policy” in addition to continous threats and advocation for further Sanctions.
          What else do you think the Ethiopian Gov can do worse than these—except Open Invasion,which it is threatening and posing to do so?
          I guess, since you live far in the South,you have no clue what is goning on.

  • Rodab

    An enlightening interview on the prevailing situation of the Orthodox Tewahdo Church.
    It starts at around 00:30 mark.
    http://shekortet.com/content/radio-erena-25102014

    • Tesfabirhan WR

      Thanks Rodab,

      I just finished and thinking to share it and you did it. It is really an enlightening interview. And insight to what was going on within the church and PFDJ’s implication in the religious matters. How far our values has ruined by this brutal regime,

      More exposure from the religious interference dimension

      • Rodab

        Hey Tes,
        No problem.
        One of the bad habits of PIA is, when meeting people face to face on specific issues, he seemingly reacts positively and tells them ‘oh no problem, consider it done, its not a problem at all.’ That’s what he told H.H. Abune Antonios when the Patriarch asked him to release the imprisoned scholars of the Church and to reign in on regime appointee, Yoftahe. But instead of following on his promise, Mr dictator doubled down and put the Patriarch himself under house arrest!

        His broken words are countless. Just a few for illustration: He told Kibrom Dafla money is not an issue to buy planes for the EAL, and all it is needed was for Kibrom and his group to study it and submitt a request, and he (PIA) will personally look into it to make sure the money is earmarked. He promised that only to sabotage the project through the notorious Hagos Kisha. That incident is something Kibrom Dafla bitterly recounts on Erena and Assenna radios. Years ago, he told Eritrean business community in Uganda that the issue of Naqfa currency’s fixed rate was being looked at to adjust it to market values so it is fair for businesses. He never followed through. On his last visit to America, responding to a question about the political sluggishness of his regime, he had nice words to say, saying the political development can not be put on hold indefinetely and that it was being studied to find ways to move foward.
        And who can forget his promise when he said he was shutting down the independent press only TEMPORARILY untill a revised press law was enacted. 13 years later, no sign of any private publications. Finote Birhan is/was the Church’s official news paper. It survived under Ethiopian regimes, but it didn’t survive PFDJ’s rule and was shut down 13 years ago. Who knew…

        • haileTG

          Hi Rodab,

          One correction and one addition in order.

          Correction: Meqalih Forto is one private publication that has made it back in circulation against the will of the regime.

          Addition: One other audaciously broken promise is when he told tegadelti/disabled that geza geza keydna be’gie aynhardelomn ena and back to the future in Feb. 2014 he said every of those tegadelti need to own at least a house/villa. What a big jock, most had fled the country by then or are rotting in jails.

          Regards

          • Rodab

            Hey Hailat,
            Meqalih Forto’s publishers may have good intention but it is not practical for them to publish a news paper regularly. As you know, Asmara is too tiny a place to do any hidden activities, let alone publish and distribute a news paper. It is a plain and exposed city with no tunnels, no underground infrastructure, no crowded intersections, no complex buildings and structures, no any sort of hideouts.

          • haileTG

            Hey Rodab,

            Have you ever witnessed the mind and soul roaming free? It is a state of immense creativity, possibilities and a rush of perpetually satisfied curiosity. The ” tunnels, underground infrastructure, crowded intersections, complex buildings and structures, all sort of hideouts” are all there if the mind is able to see it and recognize it. I can’t do x because I don’t have Y is an arrested state of mind, not a free mind and unencumbered view of the surrounding. Here is a special gift for you. You may think that an artist with a mere set of paints and no brushes or other tools may be incapable of producing the most captivating work of canvas paint. Well, we are full of uncharted possibilities. Relax, click here and enjoy!

  • Tesfabirhan WR

    Meditation on our dear father Wedi Vacaro

    His speech are resonating as fresh as they are within my soul.

    He departed so early but his message and dedication are the living status of Eritrean quest for complete Emancipation.

    He was beyond his words.

    He was beyond his capabilities.

    He was beyond his business activities.

    He was beyond his innocence.

    He was beyond his reach.

    He was beyond his the horizon.

    He was beyond all the limits.

    He was beyond all odds.

    He was beyond his dedication.

    And the secret for all these was, “His Love to his PEOPLE”

    He left us so early but he is deep in our hearts.

    “UNITY” was all his message! And through his life long quest, his name is now became equivalent to the forefathers of Eritrea.

    May He Rest in Peace! And Condolence to his families and all Eritreans.

    Tesfabirhan WR
    France
    25.10.2014

  • Admas

    It is laughable to read some diaspora Eritreans living in comfort zone trying to portray the situation back home as though the people in Eritrea really want to defend something that is not there to defend…Some egocentric diaspora’s can lie, but some of us have friends and extended families who tell us how almost each and every Eritrean is secretly praying for Ethiopia to start war….If you think the prayer is to defend Eritrea, go on and fool yourself, but there is no doubt that the country will be empty of people the minute the unlikely war starts…but at the same time it would be foolish to think Ethiopia would make another historical mistake of derailing it’s development path by starting a war with a looser….Ethiopia does not need to wast a bullet or even arm the untrustworthy eritrean oppositions in order to kill Isias, in fact Ethiopia would gain more by keeping a crippled dictator who can keep a good grip on the nation but at the same time can not risk a war, because it is an open secret that there are other more resourceful predators who want to use Eritrea as another front to district positive development in the “Nile region”..so as the prime minister of Ethiopia said it is true that Ethiopia can easily flash your dictator in to the sea but they rightly see him as a necessary Evil…

  • Semere Andom

    Comical dawit
    Comical Ali was the information minister of Saddam who denied every single fact on the ground until the regime was decimated. We had our own comical Ali in Ali Abdu, but we too have comical dawit as an awatista, who after a protracted absence came swinging to defend PFDJ at all cost. Impressed by the questions that the journalist asked when visibly Pawlos.Netabay was engulfed in fear, forcing a smile to even ask the question what were prepared by IA. Our comical dawit was also impressed by the meanderingly boring, irrelevant and mostly unhinged answers IA provided. How can someone normal person be impressed by IA asking himself and answering to himself, delusional to the to the point to appear as if he was an expert in South Sudan problems? Captivity of the mind is the worst thing that can happen to someone who is physically free but mentally enslaved remotely. Our youth maybe in physical captivity but the comical PFDJite is in a cognitive captivity and TPDM cannot defend them from this. Haile TG can you please provide us with a video that TPDM is in Eritrea, we need evidences

    While he was not at liberty to tell the leaders what mistakes they are making from outside Eritrea, he takes the liberty to tell the youth to stay put in the face of the abuses and crimes of the PFDJ. He condones the insults the presidents throws at the Eritrean people. He takes the liberty to distribute the problems Eritrea faces as complex to exonerate PFDJ. He advices those suffering to support the government.

    People are reasonable and would not have worried about honest or even deliberate abuses, but it has come to this, to shamelessly apologize on behalf of the government. When the nation is now in the brink of violence whose outcome can potentially be messy, the deniers and comical is telling us to put up with the slavery. Dawit’s advice reminds me to paraphrase what Chris Hitchens said about M.Tersa and call dawit the comical a friend of slavery and not a friend of the slaves. A guy who never wrote a single word criticizing his government on the heinous crimes against the Eritrean person, he has the shameless audacity to pontificate on the very future of our people so his investments and jet-setting life style be protected
    Sem

    • dawit

      Sem our only Nobel laureate, What can I say? You can write any lye you want, the cyber space is free.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Some people (young) in Asmara entertaining the idea of using regime issued AK-47s for self defense, if they are tackled for rounding up.

    A rather worrying development.

    Regards

    • dawit

      Hi Haile
      Why do say a worrying development? Are you not proud to push for confrontation? I remember the Red Terror of Mengistu’s time when little children were encouraged to challenge by EPRP leaders standing on the side line. God protect Eritrean children from such blunder. ታሞ ከመሰቃየት ኣስቀድሞ መጠንቀቅ
      Peace

      • haileTG

        Selam dawit

        Why do I say worrying development?

        From tactical and strategic point view, the problem can be resolved without using guns. At this stage of crumbling of the regime, a popular uprising and mass action is sufficient to quickly end deadlock. The tools needed don’t need guns unless one is looking for generalized chaos and insecurity. If one takes the gun option, then it is better to take up positions and engage in a civil war. However, if the populace is refusing the call to arms by the regime, it is unlikely it would sign up to the call for arms by other groups. In order to engage a conventional war, it would require prolonged time to set up and high popular appetite to do so. What we have is a regime bent in a certain way and a population drawing the line and saying no more. The outcomes can only be one of two things: the regime wins and would continue to engage in its wanton criminality against the population with impunity or the people will win and put a stop to the regime’s ways. I am dead convinced that the latter will happen. So why pay more than necessary, when an internally and externally rejected and isolated regime can be put to sleep with sticks and stones? If the regime had more clout and not hanging on the cliff for its life, then may be. But, to utilize guns in any move to defy and chase the regime out may be a little of an over kill. The regime can’t maintain an effective control as it is and is unlikely to quell guns blazing in random corners. This would then cause total breakdown in order (there was never law to start with any way). Finally, who created this situation? Why did the regime handed out guns that are now becoming handy to threaten it with it? dawit, this is a sinister regime that we’re dealing with and it had planned it all along to exist the country leaving it bloodbath. So, not only for tactical efficacy as I discussed, but also strategically in foiling the PFDJ’s plan of sending the country into Somalia like situation. I think in the end it would come to the solution that the regime would be chased out without achieving its dreams.

        Regards

        PS: I will respond to the other one later.

      • yigermal

        What with the Amarigna proverbs? Another detached amiche working hard to appear more Eritrean than thou?

        • dawit

          Selam yigermal,
          I don’t claim I am more Eritrean that any Eritrean, But, በጣሙን ይግረምህ ከማንም የበለጠ ኢትዮጵያዊ ነኝ። I am the true original Ethiopian the owner of the 3000 years history, not a fake Ethiopians who discovered their Ethiopian nationality after Menelik, Haile Selassie, Derg or Woyane. I can trace my ancestors to King Menelik the Son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba!
          .
          ሳይጠሩት ኣበት ሳይልኩት ወደት የባላል: ይገርማል!

          • Deogane

            If I remember some months back, you asked some one who claimed to be Ethiopian took part in discussion with one of awatistas. You joined in the discussion and rebuked the one who claimed to be Ethiopian by saying, what are you Ethiopians doing in here ( meaning in eritrean discussion forum). If you are true to your word, what are you doing here?

          • dawit

            Deogane, can you produce any proof to your claim? or check you memory capacity!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            dawit,
            You have been acting as an Eritrean defending Issayas Afeworki in your debate; and now you become an Ethiopian who owns the 3000 years of history. Yegermal!! Are you from the TPDM, or OLF, or Gunbot-7?

          • dawit

            Dear Emanuel
            You forgot to include ONLF as your choices, and another category for your multiple choice question, you need also to add , all of the above. You question is incomplete!

          • Mahmud Saleh

            AmanH
            Oh, boy, things are getting a bit complicated for our dawitom.

          • dawit

            There is nothing complicated that dawitom cannot handle, just like Eritrea.I t is in your mind, that things are complicated, but to an Eritrean-Ethiopian it is crystal clear! Never compromise or change my stand, or identity because there is some fog on the sky, the cloud will clear when the sun emerges.
            AwetNhafash!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear dawit,

            If you believe on the concepts of science “identity and principles” evolve with change of time and circumstances. Fore instance your own comment illustrate clearly how identity evolve with circumstances. You had specific “Eritrean identity” before you embrace the “Eritrea-Ethiopian identity”. Is it correct dawit? The same can be said to principles. If a principles do not evolve with time and circumstances, they will die as dogma. A dogma principle dies in the process of negation that brings new idea to new reality. By the way slogans also change with time and circumstances.

          • dawit

            Dear Amanuel,

            No it is not correct Amanuel,

            I have never evolved from one to another. I am always Eritrean and Ethiopian, because I was born in Ethiopia from Eritreans parents, and I can not change that with science or any otherway. Both facts qualify me to be Eritrean and Ethiopian I stand equally for the welfare of both people. You will never find me being only one or the other, but also you will never find me advocating in favor of one at the expense of the other. I have opposed all my life Haile Selassie’s and Mengistu’s regimes because both were bad to Ethiopians and Eritrean people interest. I had supported the Melese regime between 91-98 before he started his border war with Eritrea. I opposes the misguided policy of the present government of Ethiopia, which I beleive the root cause of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Isaias has nothing to do with the present crisis in Eritrea. I blame Ethiopia and the misguided Eritrean nationals fighting for power at the expense and misery of Eritreans. They use Eritrean youth and strangling Eritrean economy for their selfish desire for power.

            The only time how my identity evolved with circumstances is once I was stateless and now I am an American, but that does not mean I have to swallow every American wrong policy towards Eritrea or Ethiopia.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear dawit,

            Okay if it seems complicate to you the Eritrean-Ethiopian identity, I will come with your new identity which is Ethiopian-American or Eritrean-American. Pick which ever it fits you. Now any hyphenated identity like “Ethiopian-American” or if you want Eritrean-Ethiopian-American identity – shows a combined identity which is different than your original identity. Am I correct dawit? Identity is something that deals with your social background. In other words identity is a sociological terminology within the discipline of social science. Social science evolve my friend with circumstances and time. Identity evolve (a) by migration – like me and yours, an Eritrean becoming Eritrean-American and an Ethiopian becoming Ethiopian-American. (b) by integration (unity) of countries or separation (secession) of countries. Good example is East Pakistan secede from Pakistan and become Bengladesh on the one hand East Germany and West Germany became integrated after 46 years. So please don’t argue for the sake of argument. It is fact for me and for you as soon as we get American Citizenship.

          • Tesfabirhan WR

            The confused dwatim hawna,

            It is good that you started now to confess. Now, we got the other dimension of dawitom the great. Anyway, you are in the right church and your confession will safe you.

            Yesterday or yesteryesterday; you accused me of using the government resource and for being in my current place. Had I quitted

          • Abinet

            Don’t you think the one sidedness of our r/p in those years 91-98 brought all the problems? What was good about it that you supported it while every ethiopian was against it.
            Thanks

          • Tesfabirhan WR

            the confused one dawit meshkin. Yerhiwelka mechem.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Mahmud, Emma and HTG;
            Just like the DIA who gets more unhinged with every interview the supporters seem to follow suit and get unhinged by every comment by every utterance they too get unhinged, angry when facing their bleak future after glooming the future of Eritrea and its people. When DIA finally escapes will do it without consulting even the closest friends let alone the comics among us. Blaming the victims,and claiming their love for the people is all too familiar lies of dictators and their supporters. DIA’ fate is not much different than those of other ditcators and they know it, but they want to change fate and against all odds even if the stone are burning is not going to work now and the are angry about: neszis enqa arkebklu:-)

          • haileTG

            Hey Aman,

            But PFDJ is the only Eritrean political party with no Eritrea in its name acronym. Check dehai, wouldn’t a stranger mistake it as an Ethiopian/Somalian news website? They have nothing to say about Eritrea, it is all about Ethiopia, Somalia, Shebab… The mark of supporting PFDJ is rejection of Eritrea in all its forms. Strange but true:-)

  • Semere Andom

    PFDJ vs Eritreansim: the Fate of PFDJ and its Network of Apologist, Enablers and Enforcers

    It has often been said that life is not fair. But there is at least one aspect of life when it just, fair, and it is when its final and binding verdict to all, ultimately cannot be appealed: everything has an expiry date, everything ends, but we, the mere mortals want to see when is that expiry date is. The PFDJites are fond of saying “ezi wun khalif iyu” when things do not go their way and they make it sound only bad times “khalif iyu”. This saying is believed to be coined in an ancient Eastern civilization, when the king huddled his handlers and tasked them to come up with a succinct sentence of wisdom that will always hold true. After racking their nerves, they came up with “this, too shall pass”. It also means good times will pass. And the good times that the PFDJ and it stooges are enjoying will also pass. It is the immutable rule of the nature of things.

    The PFDJ criminals are not created equal, some are mere enablers, they are still our enemies of course, while some are the trigger pullers with their entire body immersed in innocent blood they have spilled during their tenure of reign terror. Yet some are enforcers, the implements of PFDJ, without whom PFDJ’s tapestry of tentacles would not have flourished. Yet some from their comfort of the west, their future is bright, their kids future is ensured with trust fund, their retirement is relatively secure, their cottages in Eritrea has been built, they do not care if there is not electricity, they have installed the solar panels, they draw water from the well in their cottage, their immediate families are safe and they are reduced to apologist for the regime. All these are the blood enemies of our people and country, but not all should be punished equally.

    Our story, the story of the Eritrea people did not have to end this way. The PFDJ was blessed with loyal population, who bought into “ezi wun khalif iyu” and gave PFDJ the benefit of the doubt that it did not deserve. PFDJ had ample opportunities to right their wrongs, but swaddled in their trademark smarmy arrogance of we liberated you, while the truth is that we liberated them their sinister agenda of trashing the collective bravery of the people they have made it come to this ugly end for all of us and the once bright posterity of the nations is bleak and will need extraordinary creativity to solve and cleanse the deadly virus that is PFDJ, their thinking their speak, their dance, their stories of lies, their intrigue.
    The future government of Eritrea needs to leave us alone. It must be limited to printing money, securing the country with professional army, not arming the whole nation, drafting and enacting high level policies of the different arenas. Those who are enamored with the national services they must wait a while until the nation is demilitarized completely to send their kids, the focus of the nation must be diverted to healing, truth, reconciliation and not the unitary mode that PFDJ and its supporters are stuck with: national security
    The Eritrean people must be left alone to unleash their creativity to better themselves and the government must enable the innate ingenuity to redeem the optimism that will supplant the hallow pride and an aura of invincibility that is the legacy of PFDJ. The popular armed struggle that Eritreans waged was composed of cowards, opportunists criminals, heroes and Eritreans who wanted to build a civilized nation with rule of law on the rubbles of the colonizers. The cowards, opportunist and criminals won and as any victor would do they are writing and erasing history at whim there by disabling Eritreanism. All their actions so far tells us that they will not rest on their laurels until they have irreversibly destroyed Eriteansm and the reclaiming Eritreanims must be one of the first order of business that the new government be preoccupied with.

    A note to Mahmuday who thinks I do not like anything to do with EPLF/PFDJ including the “good” things. He is wrong, there is one thing I like about EPLF/PFDJ and it is the song “lemin leminey”, a song that serenades the meeting of “Tekli” and there is one line in this song that I like. It is this: “Tarik alewo gohaf, ane aleni miEraf”. Histroy has its garbage bins and I have my destiny. It is prophetic. Please do not say I do not like anything about EPLF again Amb Mahmuday 😉

    Sem

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Sem A

      While admiring your greater-than-average zeal, I can tell you, I agree with you in , let’s say, all but about 25%. That 25% has to do with your more-than Taliban militancy. Now, here is a gift for you.ثورة يفكر فيها العقلاء ويقوم بها الشجعان ويجني ثمارها الجبناء)

      Revolution is theorized by the wise, conducted by braves and its fruits are (collected) enjoyed by the cowards.

      (لثورة يفكر فيها العقلاء ويقوم بها الشجعان ويجني ثمارها الجبناء)Having placed the above, it’s only an act of justice to let you enjoy this song; it has nothing to do with our previous conversations. But before that:

      let me ask you this: Which of the three components are missing in the ranks of change seekers at this time?

      Theoreticians= more than abundant

      braves: ?

      cowards: abundant (including myself)

      Fair, or not ?

      Now, here’s the song.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M0fn85UDJY

      • Kokhob Selam

        እቲ ክምህ ዘይብል : ዘይሕለን ቆራጽ ተጋድሎ ተጋዳልይና ብሰንኪ ‘ቲ ድሑር ጉጅለ በርዒኑ ከይተርፍ ዘለና ዝተሰከምናዮ ሕድሪ – ሓላፍነት ከቢድ ምዃኑ ዘጠራጥር ኣይኮነን :: እቲ ነዚ ቅዱስ መስዋእቲ ሓፋሽና ” ዑቅባ – ኣይለቅቅን ” ኢሉ ከም ታሪኹን ወናኒኡን ነኺሱ ሒዝዎ ዘሎ ህግደፍ : ካብ መንጋግኡ ፈንጪጭና ከየውጻእናን ነቲ ዋንኡ ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ከየረከብናን ወላ ‘ውን ንክልኢት ከነዕርፍ መሰል የብልናን :: ክተት !!!

      • Semere Andom

        Mahmuday:

        I can guess what triggered this, maybe the chem thing. I did not enjoy this song, it makes Eritreansim conditional on joining EPLF/PFDJ. Eritreanism the trait that is lacking in PFDJ is inborn, inalienable, it cannot be taken away. “tewedlidela mibal taqo alewon fereqan”, that is why people search for their roots. And to return your kindness on the song I will dedicate the following song to you that the 4 million Eritrean did their part without joining EPLF, without that EPLF would have bee nothing

        To your Taliban comment, I will tell you this story I heard when I used to listen to BBC Arabic: a famous Sudan journalist, Ayub Sediq was fired wrongly by Numeiri regime, but because he was an excellent broadcaster with good voice, he was scooped by BBC Arabic and the story goes that his firs day in the job, instead of saying “huna BBC”, he said, “huna Omdruman” when he caught his mistake his paused said “blaadi wo enjaert aleya azizetun wo qowmi wo endenu aleya kuramun” 🙂

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip6qXE-6AVw

        Ps: Because does not showcase the contribution of gebar I could not find one that depicts the same so I had to borrow;-)

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Sem A

          I dedicate the above song to Harbegna wayanay, my friend TK is also invited. Now, you challenged me. Since we didn’t have teQalasay Gebar, in one occasion, we borrowed Sudanese civilians for a photographic effects ( No..no… we did have millions). We thought that would pull you to mieda to no avail. Oh, yes, your favorite band,ኢጭባክ (የ ኢትዮጵያ ጭኩን ህዝቦች ባህል ባንድ) is there too. This occasion was held in 1987, dubbed bahlawi Qne, it was kicked off on Sep 1,1987, the day Ibrahim SulTan died (his short memorial is on the first part. It is amazing, time moves fast, I could see how old I have become.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiYr0mpqo7Y

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    As the AT had predicted earlier, the UNSC has voted today to renew the mandate of the SEMG and maintain the arms embargo on the PFDJ regime. Res. 2182 was passed with 13 for, 0 against and 2 abstained.

    Regards

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Awate guys,
    You don’t have to apologise! this is a good sign. It shows that we are all in intense anxiety. Everyone wants to know what is going on … meaning … they are alert!!!

  • Rodab

    Can someone translate the title of the news to Tigrigna? ☺️

    • haileTG

      Hi Rodab,

      ኤርትራ ኣብ ጽዑቕ ሻቕሎት ተዋሒጣ ትርከብ።

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        • Tzigereda

          Thank you Awate Team!

      • Mahmud Saleh

        HTG
        Let’s see if wedi Tigre does it better! ” Intense Anxiety Engulfing Eritrea” ኤርትራ ኣብ ውጡር/ ብርቱዕ ሽቕሎት ተዋሒጣ ትርከብ” ወይ ድማ “ኤርትራ፡ ዓሚቝ ሻቕሎት ውሒጥዋ ይርከብ” ጽዑቕ፡ ንብዝሒ፡ ወይ ንብቁጽሪ (ብ ኣሃዝ ) ክግለጽ ዝኽእል ዝያዳ ዘስምዕ መስለኒ። ንስምዒት ክትገልጽ፡ ከቢድ፡ ረዚን፡ ዓሚቝ፡ ውጡር፡ ብርቱዕ..ወዘተ ዝሓሸ ኮይኑ አስመዖም ኣቶ ማሕሙድ። ኣቶም ዓበይቲ ዓዲ ኣብ ማሕበር ኣይተረኽቡን’ሞ ከም ዓቢ ቑጸርዎ።

        • haileTG

          መርሓባ ማሕሙዳይ (ሃሃሃ,,,ሕጂ ከጸልለካ እየ፡)

          ንዓይ’ሲ እታ “ኤርትራ ኣብ ብርቱዕ ሻቕሎት ተዋሒጣ ትርከብ” ዝሓሸት ኮይኑ ይስምዓኒ። እታ “ውጡር” ኣይተስርሕን እያ… ከመይ ዝብል ለባም! ኣብ ወጻኢ ዝዓበዩ ተዛረብቲ ትግርኛ ስለዘለዉና፡ ነታ “ጡ” ከም ገለ “ቱ” እናበሉ ከየድምጽዋ እሞ፡ ብዓዳ ኩላ በዛ ሰሓቕ ትዋሕ ኢላ ከይትጸድፍ፡ ማሕሙዳይ። “ብርቱዕ” ንበላ…፡-)

          • Mahmud Saleh

            HTG
            ኣታ ሃይለ ምናልባት ኮመርሻል ናይ ቭያግራ ይርእዩ ነይሮም ከይኮኑ። That’s so funny.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hailetg,
            how about ብሻቕሎት ድክን ኢሎም አለዉ

            I will pass “”ውጡር”, Semere should have something to say about it since Mahmuday did.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Halo/kal/akoy/uncle/um Saleh::-)

            I do not follow on the foot steps of Mahmuday, come on 😉

            I think yours makes more sense.

            Mine is: “እርትራ ብኽቱር ሻቑለት ተቦኺኣ ትርከብ”

        • Tesfabirhan WR

          Let me try

          “ኤርትራ ኣብ ወጥሪ”

          ወድሓንኩም

      • Kokhob Selam

        . . . . . ለውጢ ኣይተርፍን. . . . . ኣወል ኣብ ጀበና ሃይላት

  • ppp

    we know who is eritrean and enemy of eritrean

    • Kokhob Selam

      talking with yourself ? “we know…” unless you describe what you mean and who the “we” is nothing can be clear. say it clearly please.

  • haileTG

    Thanks for reporting this AT.

    What is really interesting here is the fact that the biggest puzzle has been solved. People use to ask when are our people, especially those who are directly impacted by the regime’s policy at home, going to resist. We thought G-15 would do it, it didn’t happen. We thought Forto would do it, it didn’t happen. We thought the tragedies of our people in the deserts and high seas would it, it didn’t to do it. Finally, something did it, the people’s inability to go on any more with the status quo. Right now as we speak, every person in diaspora who calls Eritrea is told the same thing. The youth are insisting either to leave the country or left alone from the regime’s predatory hands. People are being told their siblings are either in hiding or crossed the border to Sudan or Ethiopia, the people are being told that the situation right now is extremely bad. It has finally come to this, inability to continue with the status quo any longer. None of our previous analysis considered that as a factor. We assumed that unless something is done by opposition or EDF the people were incapable. Even long articles were written to that effect. Today, that analysis is challenged on the ground. The people are resisting and any use of force by the regime will be met with force. The people have finally smartened to the fact that they don’t need to be enslaved and lorded over by a bunch of nobodies. These are sure the early signs of popular uprisings in Eritrea.

    For those who were on the regime side, civil or military, IA had long been external liability and dead beat as far as mending foreign relations. Now, he has become internal liability with no means to quell the popular disobedience. What remains to be hoped is that in the likely scenario that the regime would try to crackdown in order to regain control, the people are poised to confront it and the armed forces ought to take the wiser route of either stay neutral or take the people’s side.

    Given the high activities being reported on this, I think it is time the world media as BBC, VOA and others start report the issue too. The Eritrean people are entering a new chapter in their troubled recent history since 2001 and it is time regional and international actors voice their support to the wind of change blowing all over Eritrea.

    Regards

    • Semere Andom

      Selam HTG:
      You mention all the futile attempts and tragedies did not awaken the people to revolt. I always believed that all the well-meaning attempts colossally failed because all did not bother to learn from past resistance, they did not bother to study the thinking of their enemy, the PFDJ under the thug of IA. The G-15 erroneously thought that he cannot do to them what he did in his silos of Sahel. He cannot touch them under the watchful eyes of the “gallant” Eritrean people and if he touches them, people will come to their rescue. The worst thing could happen to them was freezing them and denying them their cars. Petros sounded more reasonable when he told Dan Connell that IA will try them in the kangaroo court. But he acted as if the did not believe what he told Dan Connell. People are tempted to say that the G-15 wanted a peaceful fight with IA to set precedent for future generations, I doubt it, I believe that their naïvette took the better of them. Had they known that IA will go to any distance to protect his power even at the expense of the future of the nation, they would have acted differently. Forto was also the same, they did not learn from movements that were crashed before them.
      The tragedies and crimes of PFDJ did not lurch the people to public resistance because the people were crippled with fear and we do not have a history of public resistance to learn from. Add to that the youth who can effect such change are imprisoned in remote places of Sawa, the Mainefhi camp. Our history is that of armed struggle and our enemy was Ethiopia, much kinder, more and and less brutal than PFDJ. The reason you do not see the bodies of dead people in the streets is because PFDJ learned from the Dergi and they changed their MO. The nascent resistance you mention in this comment to be of any value for change need a catalyst that will take the simmering anger to the next level, a Wedi-Ali moment, a G-25 moment, a Mai-habar moment, or even the tegadality resistance of 1993 is needed or even Ethiopia’s incursion to Eritrean territory. The political moment in that was happening would not have sparked the rebellion if Awate did not fire that bullet.
      I agree with you PFDJ is weak now, but still it will require some gut to openly resist it to harness the readiness of the people who have decided they have nothing to loose

      • haileTG

        Hi Sem,

        I agree with all you said. What is more is that lets project the current issue in time into the future. Your reason that the youth are in remote places, that many think as impediment, is what is being challenged now. This is a devestating hot potato on PFDJ courts now. We hear that the regime is currently acting some muscle flexing around Asmara, posturing as if it is going to go house to house. Imagine it attempts that and since this is a last call disobidience, it would either result in tens of thousands peacefully boarding buses or a physical confrontation that would bury PFDJ for good. Most likely the regime is gonna extend the PSYOP with empty threats. But, what would happen to the next such operation given the first one is litterally sending the nation to shockwaves? The current conflagration is different in substance, scope and implication. Let’s wait and see. I also hope that Ethiopia issues a press communique to expose the PFDJ phanthom war saber rattling to give the resisting populace the the assurances that the Ethiopia threat of war is PFDJ’s own theatrics.

        Regards

  • Nitricc

    I am trying to fugue it out who the audience is for this particular piece of news?
    AT, you don’t have to report everything. Especially anything to do with the situation of the nation’s armed forces. We were told the same thing by AT last April that the army was in its last leg and in crisis. It is funny when the Eritrean government is feeding 40+K of TPDM yet sends home its own soldiers because they can not be fed? It is funny when you can you can feed 20+K high school students, yet you send home your own soldier because you are unable to feed them? Really? Seriously? You shut everyone and everything out and you take care your own army. The army is the heart beat of the system, are you kidding me?
    Anyway; not wise choice to report anything about the Eritrean armed forces. NO!
    By the way there is a good reason why TPDM is rooming in Eritrea.

    http://awate.com/crisis-in-the-eritrean-army/

  • Ambassador

    PFDJphiles
    are so anxious now that they would trade their current state to the calmness right
    after execution by lethal injection.

  • haileTG

    RIP Tegadalay Dr Tewelde Tesfamariam, Cavalier aka Wedi Vacaro