By Godfrey Olukya 4-2-2013
Eritreans living in exile have come out to support anti- Eritrean government activities.
This follows the actions taken by a dissident army group On January 21st 2013 to bring about democratic change in the small state regarded by many people as being under dictatorship.
On that day, about 200 Eritrean soldiers with two tanks stormed Eritrea’s ministry of information building and took over control. They stayed in control for some hours before giving it back to troops loyal to the Eritrean president.
As a sign of solidarity, over 3000 Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia over the weekend demonstrated at Mai-Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia in support of the actions taken by a dissident army group to bring about democratic change.
While in control of ministry of information building, the mutineers reportedly instructed the director general of the state radio and television agency to broadcast an appeal for the release of all political prisoners in Eritrea. It estimated that there are over 5000 political prisoners in Eritrea,
Eritreans living in exile in different countries have also said that they supported what the mutineers did and are ready to contribute towards any group that comes out to fight against the reigning regime.
Abda Fariah, living in exile in Kenya said, Eritrean president, Isaias Afewerki has turned the county into a personal property. He has led to death of many of his opponents and thousands of nationals freeing to exile. We in exile are united against his rule.’
Eritrean president, Isaias Afewerki, 66 has ruled the country the country with an iron hand ever since it attained it’s independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Due to harsh conditions in the country, every day over 20 Eritreans escape to exile through neighboring countries.