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Eritrean diaspora using western methods to foment dissent

Posted by Ethio Tribune on May 6, 2013

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Eritreans in exile in Europe are mobilising against the regime of President Issaias Afeworki with a new weapon, the telephone.

Every week, members of the diaspora make hundreds, even thousands of automated calls to their compatriots in the eastern African nation, chosing numbers at random and playing them one-minute recorded messages.

“It is time to restore our liberty and dignity,” says one of the messages. In another, the mother of high-profile political prisoner Aster Yohannes recalls the fate of her daughter, who was arrested in 2003 and who has not been heard of since.

Such political statements are rarely heard in Eritrea itself, where opposition parties are reportedly banned and anyone who challenges the president is jailed without trial, often in the harshest of conditions.

Voice of Russia, AFP
Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_06/Eritrean-diaspora-using-western-methods-to-foment-dissent/

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