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WHAT KIND OF INDEPENDENCE?

this
twenty-six years under fear.
twenty-six years under panic.
twenty-six years of death.
twenty-six years without the constitution.
twenty-six years without freedom.
twenty-six years without liberty.
twenty-six years no war no peace.
twenty-six years under the rule of the bloodsucker dictator Isaias Afewerki.
twenty-six years Eritrean people in the escape.
twenty-six years under one ruling party.
twenty-six years without freedom of speech.
twenty-six years without democracy.
twenty-six years life of slavery.
twenty-six years no freedom of the free press.
twenty-six years with the poverty.
twenty-six years under unfair. One man, he can do whatever he want he is killing and stealing the resources of the country, he poisoned people without trial, the tyrant in Eritrea is committing war crimes against Eritrean people, that is why the great popular angry in all cities and towns around the world in diaspora people are demonstrating shouting against the bandits calling for justice and liberty in Eritrea, remember to demonstrate in Eritrea for your rights is not allowed, after many years of suffering the Eritrean people began, to believe that now the time has come for the change in Eritrea and those refugees are who fled off the Dracula and they are the victim of the dictator, that dictator who ruin our country.

they live under the protection of the international community according to the Geneva recommendation. The ongoing refugee crisis as a result of painful stories in Eritrea; and the impossible decisions and difficult choices that refugees have to make as they move to what they think is a better life, and those refugees are who remain in life by chance from the death of the cruel Mediterranean sea, because many refugees have died and they lie down at the bottom of the sea; they do not find a state willing to recover the bodies of their citizens and even bodies washed away by the waves to the shores of Europe have not had the funding to identify them via DNA.

the dictator after caused many suffer to Eritrean people, now the dictator want to celebrate the independence day on this month it is funny, at some time it is too rude, what kind of independence is this, independence without liberty. to celebrate because we become freed after many years of the colonization but Eritrean people still are living the life of modern slavery under the inhuman and cruel dictator Isaias Afewerki.

the dictator regime and his puppets are now preparing themselves to celebrate and dance on 24 May, to worship the dictator on Slavery Day. hey, dictator puppets do you remember Gaddafi where is he now? there was a time when Gaddafi and his family thought that they are owners of Libyan people and Libya territory he and family went to the Garbage like many Rubbish because this is an end of any tyrant.

ZAMINA MIN ZANGA ZANGA

PAULOS YACOB

WHAT KIND OF INDEPENDENCE IS THIS?

this

twenty-six years under unjust.
twenty-six years under fear.
twenty-six years under panic.
twenty-six years of death.
twenty-six years without the constitution.
twenty-six years without freedom.
twenty-six years without liberty.
twenty-six years no war no peace.
twenty-six years under the rule of the bloodsucker dictator Isaias Afewerki.
twenty-six years Eritrean people in the escape.
twenty-six years under one ruling party.
twenty-six years without freedom of speech.
twenty-six years without democracy.
twenty-six years life of slavery.
twenty-six years no freedom of the free press.
twenty-six years with the poverty.
twenty-six years under unfair. One man, he can do whatever he want he is killing and stealing the resources of the country, he poisoned people without trial, the tyrant in Eritrea is committing war crimes against Eritrean people, that is why the great popular angry in all cities and towns around the world in diaspora people are demonstrating shouting against the bandits calling for justice and liberty in Eritrea, remember to demonstrate in Eritrea for your rights is not allowed, after many years of suffering the Eritrean people began, to believe that now the time has come for the change in Eritrea and those refugees are who fled off the Dracula and they are the victim of the dictator, that dictator who ruin our country.

they live under the protection of the international community according to the Geneva recommendation. The ongoing refugee crisis as a result of painful stories in Eritrea; and the impossible decisions and difficult choices that refugees have to make as they move to what they think is a better life, and those refugees are who remain in life by chance from the death of the cruel Mediterranean sea, because many refugees have died and they lie down at the bottom of the sea; they do not find a state willing to recover the bodies of their citizens and even bodies washed away by the waves to the shores of Europe have not had the funding to identify them via DNA.

the dictator after caused many suffer to Eritrean people, now the dictator want to celebrate the independence day on this month it is funny, at some time it is too rude, what kind of independence is this, independence without liberty. to celebrate because we become freed after many years of the colonization but Eritrean people still are living the life of modern slavery under the inhuman and cruel dictator Isaias Afewerki.

PAULOS YACOB

Will the Dutch close the Eritrean embassy?

Dutch Protest 5

Martin Plaut

There is mounting concern in the Netherland about the behaviour of the Eritrean embassy and its staff. Last Friday’s abortive conference, held by the Eritrean regime in the Dutch town of Veldhoven, may prove to be the final straw.

The four-day conference was abandoned after a Dutch court backed the mayor of the town in closing the gathering, arguing that it was detrimental to safety and security of local residents.

Spokesmen for the majority of Dutch political parties had called for action even before the conference opened.

News of the event, to be attended by President Isaias Afwerki’s senior adviser, Yemane Gebreab was broken last Tuesday by the Dutch website, One World.

On hearing the news of his imminent arrival Dutch MPs reacted with dismay.

“When the Turkish minister wanted to come here, public order was at stake,” said Attje Kuiken of the Dutch Labour Party. “The question is: what will the speaker (Yemane Gebreab) do at this congress? And will it be within our law?”

The Dutch cabinet also expressed its reservations about the gathering.

A statement was issued declaring that the government was “uneasy” about the conference going ahead, but could not prevent Yemane Gebreab from attending since he had an EU-wide Schengen visa.

Kubrom Dafla Hosabay, a former deputy minister of finance in Eritrea, now resident in the Netherlands, warned what would take place if the meeting took place.

He accused members of Eritrea’s ruling party of threatening anyone who refused to cooperate. “This is the message that will come from the conference,” he said. [See full statement below]

At previous European-wide conferences of the Eritrean ruling party Yemane had called for the opposition to be “destroyed.”

Fearing a repetition, members of the Eritrean community opposed to the regime protested outside the hotel in Veldhoven at which the conference was being held.

Dutch protest 1There followed a confrontation with the police and running clashes, with a number of protesters being arrested.

The mayor of Veldhoven – hearing that a further 2,500 protesters would arrive from across Europe to oppose the event, decided that it should be canceled.

The youth wing of the ruling party (the YPFDJ) which had organized the event, challenged the ruling in court  but lost, and on Friday the four-day conference was abandoned.

Dutch politicians demand action

A number of political parties in the Netherlands had previously expressed their concern about the activities of the Eritrean government in their country and its extortion of funds from the refugee community. They had called for action against the Embassy unless it was halted. Last June the question was debated in Parliament.

A resolution was adopted suggesting that the Embassy should be closed if it continued to use threats and pressure to extract taxes and financial contributions from the Eritrean diaspora.

It soon became clear that the warning had not been heeded. Evidence of what was taking place was gathered by journalists Huub Jaspers and Sanne Terlingen for a radio programme – ‘The long arm of Eritrea’, produced for One World and Argos.

The journalists had gathered testimonies and documentation showing how Eritrean Embassy staff went around the Eritrean community in Rotterdam, and several other cities.  Since last December they had been going door to door among the diaspora collecting funds.

The approach of the Embassy was anything but friendly.

They demanded EU50 per person as a donation to fund the conference. Anyone who refused was warned that they would have a cross placed after their names – a clear sign of intimidation by representatives of Eritrea’s brutal regime.

Receipts for the funds were signed by Isaac Menassi – the Embassy Finance officer, using a commercial receipt book. But his signature was clear.

A handwriting expert testified that having examined the receipts, and comparing them with official Embassy receipts, he was confident that they had been signed by the same person.

When the One World journalists broke the story Dutch politicians were furious, declaring that such behaviour was completely unacceptable.

Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, from Democrats 66 said: “We no longer accept this tax collection.” “The parliament was very clear about this, after pressure from our parties. If Eritrea doesn’t listen, this could lead to the closure of the Embassy.”

These views were echoed by Attje Kuiken of the Labour Party. “This means that once again we will have to open a debate with the government on how to stop these kind of practices. We will do this unanimously: with all members of parliament.”

A year in the planning

YPFJD busses leaveThe abandoned conference was the 13th in a series of meetings held to bolster support for the Eritrean regime across Europe. Around 500 YPFDJ supporters had come to hear their leader’s message.

It had been – the organizers claimed – a year in the planning. But members of the Eritrean opposition were determined that a regime which tolerates no free speech at home should not be given a platform from which to put forward its propaganda.

When an Eritrean diplomatic car drew up the protesters staged a sit-down demonstration, preventing its progress. There were clashes with the Dutch police and over 100 protesters were briefly arrested.

Opponents of the Eritrean government informed the authorities that up to 2,500 demonstrators would arrive on Saturday, as members of the diaspora mobilised across Europe. In the light of this, the mayor ordered the conference to be halted.

His decision was upheld by a court, which ordered supporters of the YPFDJ – to leave the hotel by 8.00 pm that evening.

This took place, with busses removing them from the venue. The YPFDJ put out a statement attacking those who had prevented the gathering from taking place.


An Appeal to The Dutch-Eritrean Community

Action to Foil the YPFDJ European Conference in Holland

From next Thu, 13/4 to Sun 17/.4/17, the Isaias regime has organized a European wide conference for Youth-Pfdj, its daughter organization. The Dutch authorities, including the media, are wary of this conference because it has elements inviting antagonism, that pose danger to peace and order of the Dutch public.
This is a call to all Dutch-Eritreans, whether or not, we are citizens, residents, and refugees, to use our rights, to formally register, with the police, a declaration (‘aangifte’) that the Ypfdj, poses danger to our personal safety. Because what should worry us, also worries Dutch authorities, including several parliament members (2de Kamer), and the security. Issues about the Ypfdj may cause harm to Eritreans and the Dutch.
1. That Ypfdj thugs are going door-to-door, forcing Eritreans to pay money for this conference and for 2%.
2. That they are issuing false “receipts” without legal details, means they are hiding their actions from public.
3. That they are putting on a black list and intimidating those Eritreans that refuse to pay;
4. That the infamous “Eri-Blood” gang, which is feared to be armed, is capable of physically harming anyone;
5. That a Dutch court, established last year, that Ypfdj, as a possible ‘intelligence arm” of Isaias; the public speech of Yemane G/Ab, at Ypfdj conference in Germany, being the major evidence of it.
6. That all of this has been organized, in December 2016, by high ranking officials of the regime. Etc., etc., because of all the above, is this Ypfdj conference, is a threat to, us, Dutch-Eritreans. That is why, we should, go and declare this facts to the police. We are being threatened by phone and in person as “traitors”. The reasons are laid down above. Let us exercise this right of ours immediately, but in any case, before the conference commences. Let us support the effort of the Dutch authorities by coming out to register officially our fear of the situation.
Your brother, Kubrom Dafla Hosabay,

THE GREAT VICTORY OF THE JUSTICE SEEKER IN HOLLAND

Mayor bans Eritrean political meeting after protestors are arrested

still from the conference promotional video The mayor of Veldhoven has banned a controversial meeting of Eritrean nationalists, saying it could be a threat to public order. Police arrested ‘several dozen’ people who were protesting about the meeting on Thursday night. Following consultations with police, mayor Jack Mikkers decided to cancel the meeting altogether, news agency ANP said. The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, the only political party permitted in Eritrea, had planned to hold its annual youth European conference in the Netherlands this weekend. Some 650 supporters of the dictatorship were expected to attend the meeting and there are indications that the right-hand man of president Isaias Afewerki would also be there. Many Eritrean refugees in the Netherlands regard the conference as an act of provocation, Tilburg University professor Mirjam van Reisen told NOS earlier this week. ‘The government wants to show the Eritrean community that it still rules in the Netherlands,’ she said. Eritrea has been condemned by the UN for crimes against humanity and the UN estimates hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have fled the country in recent years. Dutch government ministers said earlier this week they were unhappy about the meeting being held on Dutch soil but that there were no grounds to ban it in advance. The protest was organized by Kubrom Dafla Hosabay, a former Eritrean government minister who fled to the Netherlands in 2010.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mayor bans Eritrean political meeting after protestors are arrested http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/04/mayor-bans-eritrean-political-meeting-after-protestors-are-arrested/

STOP THE DICTATOR PUPPETS

Eri bloodThe YPFDJ – the youth wing of Eritrea’s ruling party – is planning to hold a European wide conference in the Netherlands from the 13th to 17th of April.

The local Eritrean community is worried – previous YPFDJ rallies have been marked by violence and intimidation.

The regime has deployed thugs from ‘Eri-blood’ to attack dissenters in the past.

An appeal has been launched to appeal for the Dutch authorities to halt the gathering [see below]

Martin


An Appeal to The Dutch-Eritrean Community
Action to Foil the YPFDJ European Conference in Holland

From next Thu, 13/4 to Sun 17/.4/17, the Isaias regime has organized a European wide conference for Youth-Pfdj, its daughter organization. The Dutch authorities, including the media, are wary of this conference because it has elements inviting antagonism, that pose danger to peace and order of the Dutch public.
This is a call to all Dutch-Eritreans, whether or not, we are citizens, residents, and refugees, to use our rights, to formally register, with the police, a declaration (‘aangifte’) that the Ypfdj, poses danger to our personal safety. Because what should worry us, also worries Dutch authorities, including several parliament members (2de Kamer), and the security. Issues about the Ypfdj may cause harm to Eritreans and the Dutch.
1. That Ypfdj thugs are going door-to-door, forcing Eritreans to pay money for this conference and for 2%.
2. That they are issuing false “receipts” without legal details, means they are hiding their actions from the public.
3. That they are putting on a black list and intimidating those Eritreans that refuse to pay;
4. That the infamous “Eri-Blood” gang, which is feared to be armed, is capable of physically harming anyone;
5. That a Dutch court, established last year, that Ypfdj, as a possible ‘intelligence arm” of Isaias; the public speech of Yemane G/Ab, at Ypfdj conference in Germany, being the major evidence of it.
6. That all of this has been organized, in December 2016, by high ranking officials of the regime.
Etc., etc., because of all the above, is this Ypfdj conference, is a threat to, us, Dutch-Eritreans.
That is why, we should, go and declare this facts to the police. We are being threatened by phone and in person as “traitors”. The reasons are laid down above. Let us exercise this right of ours immediately, but in any case, before the conference commences. Let us support the effort of the Dutch authorities by coming out to register officially our fear of the situation.
Your brother, Kubrom Dafla Hosabay,
Nb. if for any reason, the police refuse to receive your declaration (“aangifte”), please let us know as we have, legal help by our side. Contact: +31-6-8534-1768, email: kubromdafla@yahoo.com

Eritrea: U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Eritrea’s Navy Over North Korea Links

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Eritrea has once again found itself on the wrong side of international norms as a U.N. report accused the East African country of violating an arms embargo by buying military communications equipment from North Korea.

This marks the third consecutive year that Eritrea has been named by the U.N. panel monitoring sanctions on North Korea, said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the panel.

In response, the United States moved to ban all equipment sales or interactions with Eritrea’s navy, under nonproliferation legislation that targets Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Eritrea was one of seven African countries listed as arms-embargo violators for buying weapons, military material or receiving training from North Korea.

In Eritrea’s case, the U.N. panel found that in July 2016 Eritrea imported 45 boxes of encrypted military radios and accessories, including GPS antennas, microphones and clone cables. The equipment was intercepted before reaching its destination.

The U.N. said the equipment was sold by Glocom, which is said to be a Malaysian front company selling North Korean goods in an attempt to avoid detection. A previous report found evidence that an Eritrean government department had received “military and technical support” from a North Korean company named Green Pine.

Marketing to Africa

Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) arms and military expenditure program, said North Korea aggressively markets its military goods and services to African countries.

“North Korea, first of all, wants to export arms because it’s one of the things which they can make and for which at least there is some demand,” Wezeman told VOA. “But it is not surprising that the demand is concentrated in countries with very limited economic resources, because what North Korea is supplying generally is not of high quality.”

Wezeman said most of what North Korea sells is out-of-date or refurbished Soviet-era equipment.

“It’s not the kind of equipment which [buyers] are going to pay a lot of money for,” he said. “So they cannot market this stuff to anyone else except to African states and a few others. Myanmar is a country which in the past was also known to have North Korean equipment. Cuba is also one of those, but generally, these are countries which simply cannot afford too much better than that.”

A history of sanctions

Eritrea’s Ministry of Information denounced the new U.S. sanctions as “inexplicable and unwarranted,” and said they followed a pattern established years ago.

“The pattern is sadly the same,” a ministry statement said. “Fallacious reports are first floated and illicit measures subsequently announced by the same architects who act as the plaintiff, prosecutor, and judge.”

Eritrea was previously accused of aiding the Somali extremist group al-Shabaab in 2009. As a result, the U.N. ordered an arms embargo, travel restrictions and a freeze on assets of military and political leaders.

Another U.N. report five years later found no evidence that the Eritrean government continued to support al-Shabaab but declined to lift sanctions.

“The Monitoring Group does not, however, rule out the possibility that Eritrea may be providing some assistance to elements within al-Shabaab without detection, but it is the overall assessment of the Monitoring Group that Eritrea is a marginal actor in Somalia,” the U.N. group found.

Matthew Bryden, chairman of Sahan Research, a Nairobi-based think tank focusing on peace and security issues in the Horn of Africa, told VOA in 2016 that the sanctions include a two-way arms embargo prohibiting Eritrea from importing or exporting weapons and supporting armed groups in the region. “Although the focus was initially on al-Shabaab in Somalia, the wording of the resolution appears to have a wider significance,” he said.

Bryden believes that the sanctions regime has been effective “to the degree that Eritrea has opened its stance, has ceased supplying al-Shabaab, has started cooperating on the issue of prisoners of war and is showing a new openness to the U.N., to the sanctions committee, and to others. So there’s clearly some progress,” he said.

for more information  http://allafrica.com/stories/201704090248.html

Paulos Yacob