Diaspora based ethnic Afars from Eritrea are alleging ethnic based oppression in Eritrea. DW Amharic on Friday reported that “Red Sea Afar Diaspora youth and other representatives had a public meeting in Columbus, Ohio.”
The source said it spoke to Abdu Amin “Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization Youth representative. He is cited as saying ” The main goal ; the dictatorial Shabia government’s atrocity on Red Sea Afar People is intensifying from time to time that Red Sea Afar People are suffering in exile and the remaining are in prison. To end this repression and undemocratic human rights violation the youth are rising in unison and conducting the meeting.”
According to the source, the organizers alleged that the atrocity and repression on “Red Sea Afar People” has been worsening and transforming to “ethnic based oppression and repression.”
The group has used the political expression “all Eritrean nations and nationalities” – something that sounds more like the political language of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and other similar political organizations that TPLF crafted in its image.
The group made a call for “All nations and nationalities of Eritrea to struggle together in its all inclusive existential struggle until liberation…”
Eritrea has nine ethnic groups. It is uncommon to hear reports of “ethnic based operation” in Eritrea. The Eritrean government does not seem to bother about the allegation. It has not responded to the allegation at the time of this writing.
In unrelated development, Eritrea this week commemorated the 34th anniversary of “Operation Fenkil” – one of the battles that Eritrean People’s Liberation Front ( now PFDJ) fought during the final years of the Liberation war for the independence of Eritrea.
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