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One by one they starts to subtract and in the end DIA will be left alone so I suggest DIA supporters jump before the ship touches the ocean floor.
Eritrean dictator Isaias Afewerkis Information Minister Ali Abdu Ahmed has fled the country and are living today in a secret location.
It confirms himself today in a world exclusive interview with Expressen Kassem Hamade.
Ali Abdu says he is surprised that the Swedish authorities did not seek him for information about what happened to the imprisoned journalist Dawit Isaak.
But he dare not give any hope to Isaak’s family in Sweden.
– Neither I nor any other minister dared to ask what happened to Isaak says Ali Abdu.
Eritrea’s information minister, Ali Abdu, 47, disappeared without a trace during a business trip to Germany in november.
Since then, not a sign of life heard from the Minister, who has been one of the dictator Isaias Afewerkis closest men for many years.
Now confirm Ali Abdu himself for the first time that he has fled Eritrea and left the regime.
He chooses to do it in an interview with Expressen.
Living on secret location
Ali Abdu live today at a secret location. He dares not speak on the phone with journalists, so he responds to Expressen questions via her brother brother Saleh Younis, who lives in the U.S..
Ali Abdu says that he very well knows who Dawit Isaak is.
– I’m surprised that Sweden has not heard from himself than to me to ask questions about Isaak. No one from the Swedish government or authorities have been trying to contact me about Dawit Isaak, says Ali Abdu told Expressen.
In Dawit Isaak’s family in Sweden and among the thousands who committed his release brought the news that Ali Abdu dropped out of the hope that they will finally get an answer about Dawit Isaak still alive.
But Ali Abdu says he and the other ministers do not have to know anything about what happened Dawit and other imprisoned journalists and politicians.
– Neither I nor any other minister dared to ask what happened to Dawit Isaak. It is taboo to ask about things that are not related to one’s job to do. There is an old guerrilla culture in the country. It carries out orders without asking why, he says.
“Can oral orders”
Ali Abdu says it is routine to suspected dissidents arrested without court papers, without any documentation.
– Those who do the work, oral orders. Sometimes, there is over the phone and in coded language. They are afraid of being intercepted by Western intelligence services, he says.
He says he is sorry about what happened Dawit Isaak and other journalists.
– But it is only the president himself and his closest security that has information about Isaak. Not even the police chief know anything about it, he says.
Ali Abdu live under great pressure. Immediately after his defection in november arrested his father, his 15 year old daughter and his brother, who were all left in Eritrea, the Security Service. He says he does not know where they are kept under lock and key today.
He does not want to answer questions about what prompted him to drop out or how he lives today.
ሓደ ለማኒ ንሓደ ሓላፋይ መገዲ ከምዚ ክብል ሓተቶ፡ ኣነስ እንጀራ ካብ ዘይለክፍ ኣዋርሕ ሓሊፉ’ሎ ሎምስ መቀረቱ እኳ
ረሲዐዮ ኣንታ ሓወይ ገለ’ዶ መዘከርካኒ ኢሉ ሓተቶ፡ ዎዮ ሓላፊ መገዲ ድማ መቀረቱስ ከም ቀደሙ’ዩ ዘሎ ኣይትሰከፍ ኢሉ መገዱ ቀጸለ ይበሃል። ሕጂ ኸኣ…
ካብዞም ክሳብ እዚ ቀረባ እዋን ምስ ህግደፍ ዝነበሩ ሎሚ ተቋወምቲ ኮይኖም ዘለዉስ፡ ቀደም እኮ እዞም መራሕትና ከምዚ ኣይነበሩን ዝብሉ ኣብ ሞንጎኦም ኣለዉዎም። ቀደም መዓስ ማለቶም እዩ ኣብ ግዜ ሰውራ? ሽዑ ደኣ ብዛዕባ መራሕቶም ምሕሳብ መዓስ ከርክብሉ…. ሰብ ንሞት እናተቀዳደመ እንከሎ!!!! ዘይመስል!!!!!
ድሕሪ ናጽነት ማለቶም እዩ’ዶ ኽብል!!!
! ንዓይሲ ከም ቀደሞም እዮም ዘለዉ ዝተቀየረኒ ነገር የልቦን ከምታ እንጀራ!!!…… ካብ ኣብ ግዜ ቃልሲ ሓንሳብ ምስ ጸላእክዎም ጌና ክሳብ ሎሚ ፈቲየዮም ኣይፈልጥን፡ ንዓይን ንዖዖምን ተራኽበና “ኤርትራ” ጥራይ እያ። ሎሚ ንስኻትኩም ስለ ዘይደገፍኩሞም ግን ገለ ዓይነት “ጽልኢ” ኣብ መዋእል ቃልስና ይኹን ድሕሪ ነጻነትና ዘይንፈልጦ ሒዝኩምልና መጺእኩም።
ንሕና ደኣ ኣብ ግዜ ክተት ጸሊእናዮም እንከሎና ንኸትት ኣብ ግዜ ምህናጽ ጸሊእናዮም እንከሎና ንሃንጽ ኣብ ግዜ ሰላም ድማ ኣይፋልኩምን እንብል ከመይ ዝበሉና “ንጹሃት ተቋወምቲ” እንበር ኢና። ሓቃትኩም ግን… እቲ ትማሊ “ወይ ምሳይ ወይ ምስ ጸላእየይ” ዝብል ቅዱስ ጭርሖ፡ ብግልባጡ ግን ወይ ጻዕዳ ወይ ጸሊም ዝብል ስነ ሞጎት ዘለዎ፡ ጥራይ እንዲኹም ትፈልጡ ኣይ ከምኡ ጌይሩ እንድዩ የዕቢዩኩም፡ ሎሚ ምስ ጸላእኩሞ ድማ ወይ ምሳና ወይ ምስ ጸላኢና ዝብል ፍልስፍና ሒዝኩም ተጸንቢርኩምና።
ንሕና ግን ከምኡ ኣይኮናን ንዕዑ እወ ጸላእቱ ኢና ንሕና ግን እንፈትዎ ህዝቢ ኣሎና። ንስኻትኩም ግን ንዑዑ ትጸልኡ እትፈትዉዎ ድማ ንዕዑ ዝጸልአ ጥራሕ ኢኹም። ንመራሕትኹም እትመስሉ እንበር ነቲ ናይ ተቋውሞ መንፈስ “ጽልኢ” ሓዊስኩምሉ፡ እሞ መሪር ጽልኢ ድማ ናቱ ቀመማ ቅመም ንዓኩም መሪሩ ንዓና ዓርዒሩ እነሆለ ጸበልኩም ጎንፊ ኣምሲልዎ ነዚ ደንበ ተቋውሞና፡
Interview with an Eritrean opposition Yonathan Sebhatu
Eritrea, though it succeeded from Ethiopia 21 years ago, remains to have a significant place in Ethiopian political discourse more than another country, due to several factors including Asmara’s militarized foreign policy and the historic ties between the two people.
At state-level, both countries are busy lobbying the international community as well as backing groups opposed to the other. Though Eritrea’s efforts range from arming all sorts of anti-Ethiopian groupings to plotting terror attacks, it is Addis Ababa’s diplomatic lobby that bore more result by securing UN Sanctions and turning Asmara into a pariah state.
As it is uncertain that sanctions will induce a change of heart or a regime-change in Asmara any time soon, many ask if the Eritrean opposition can make a difference.
However, the Eritrean opposition complain about the quality and nature of the supports and advises provided by Addis Ababa. On the other hand, the later criticizes the opposition’s failure to take directions necessary for effective mobilization. Yet, many in the Ethiopian political elite are not excited about the Eritrean opposition, as the latter seem to resemble the Eritrean ruling party, PFDJ (Popular Front for Democracy and Justice), in more ways than not.
I invited Yonathan Sebhatu, Eritrean politician residing in Sweden, who is more involved in the opposition politics than he wishes to disclose.
Though Yonathan, without hesitance, agreed to have a debate-style interview via Skype in Amharic language, regrettable time and technology were not in our favor.
Read the interview with Yonathan Sebhatu below conducted through two rounds of email correspondence. (the words in brackets [ ] are my insertions intended to clarify).
Daniel Berhane: Are you worried a possible peace talk between Addis Ababa and Asmara would be the end of Eritrean opposition?
Of course, I am seriously worried because looking back to 1994-97 when the opposition were hunted down in Addis by DIA [Dictator Pres. Isaias Afeworki] agents. Well now, the outcome of a peace talk between Addis and Asmara will not be different. My worries are that there are more Eritreans and some of them are in wanted list by PFDJ. Ethiopia will take action to make the peace talk work, DIA will strengthen his position, we will never see any opposition after that.
Daniel Berhane: Does the passing of the late PM Meles Zenawi have any bearing on the Eritrean opposition? Especially with regards to the Ethiopian government assistance?
Honestly, my opinion is NO. Because Meles Zenawi did nothing to the opposition rather paying their travel and residences and facilitate their meetings in different location; such as, Awassa, Mekelle, Debrezeit, Addis Ababa, etc.
I have the sensation that Meles had his personal interest to “help” the opposition. This also happens to in Eritrea territories, DIA too helps Ethiopian oppositions. I can’t imagine Eritreans trust someone who is still occupying their territory. They (Alliance/ ENCDC) asked assistances but what they get is an incubator of ethnic parties. We have now 33 groups or parties [from 13 previously].
Daniel Berhane: One may argue Ethiopia’s support for the Eritrean opposition has no long-term benefit. The opposition would be no less hostile than PFDJ towards Ethiopia if/when they assume power in Asmara.
If the opposition comes to power, its first priority is the Eritrean people not the Ethio-Eritrea relations. You said “the opposition would be no less hostile”, I would ask for how long? Because, unless the roots of problems are gone soon or later the danger is there.
Daniel Berhane: What are the “roots of the problems” ?
The main thing that we do not have a government genuinely and open voted by the people, namely a democratic system, plus a civilized culture to solve our differences without war for the sake of future generations.
Daniel Berhane: Is it probable that the opposition would abandon the current government’s claim on the border town Badme?
This is a sovereignty issue. PFDJ gave Badme to TPLF [Tigray region wing of the Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF] during the armed struggle time to govern it. That is why we are now in this mess.
Well if the opposition do this [abandon the claim on Badme], they will burn one more chance to come near the people. No Eritrean opposition or government would abandon the claim of what belongs to the Eritrean people and official recognized by the UN.
Daniel Berhane: It seems more likely that President Isaias Afeworki will die in office and his son or trusted general will take his place. On a scale of 1 to 5, what’s the likelihood that the opposition could change this scenario?
I would say 1. A general or one from the inner-circle [of PFDJ] will take the power after DIA’s death. The opposition must change how they take care the situation as it is are now very hard for the people to follow them. Eritreans are tired of DIA and PDFJ, but the opposition too do not indicate much solution.
Daniel Berhane: There are claims that the Ethiopian government is building a radio station in the north-western city, Bahirdar, for the use of the Eritrean opposition. If true, isn’t it a waste? One can’t overthrow a government through radio-waves.
This is a waste of time to the opposition and Ethiopian tax payers. If the Ethiopian government honestly concern to help the Eritrean opposition, it must make a pressure on them to build one army not different ethnic grouped armies, give them the border and arms for those who are ready to defeat PFDJ, so that they launch attack and throw the regime by themselves.
Daniel Berhane: What do you mean by “give them the border”?
I mean where they can be active militarily. Like the PFDJ does for Ethiopian oppositions.
Daniel Berhane: What is the difference between PFDJ and the opposition anyways? Neither acknowledge group rights and are bent on assimilating the various identities by imposing the identity of the Tigrigna speaking highlanders.
Ethnic right issue has never been a problem in Eritrea, it is exaggerated by some but to tell you the truth all 9 ethnics in Eritrea have equal rights and all have offered their lives to the armed struggle [for independence], I can not see that Tigrigna speakers have more rights than the others.
Daniel Berhane: As an Eritrean politician, do you see Alula (the 19th century war general who defeated Italians and Egyptians on what is currently Eritrea territory) as someone who saved Eritreans from foreign occupation or as an occupier himself?
He saved Eritreans from foreign occupation and gave work to Eritreans. He was a good ruler and wanted his name remembered as such. But, because he came from poor family, the Tigrai nobility found too many faults on him and he lost name.
I appreciate Alula’s help to Weldemichael at Dogali to prevent us from the colonialists. On the other hand, at lowland of Eritrea he committed war crime his soldiers burned villages, raped women and executed many. He is considered by a lowlanders Eritreans as one of those who committed genocide in Eritrea.
Daniel Berhane: What do you mean by “Alula’s help to Weldemichael at Dogali”? Am I missing something? Who take the primary credit for defeating Italians at Dogali?
Primary credit of defeating Italians – For me, as a highlander would be Alula as a helper and the primary credit goes to Weldemichael.
Daniel Berhane: Addis Ababa had been generous towards Eritrean refuges – allowing them to attend Universities and even to live outside refugee camps. Is this helping the opposition in anyway? Again, could people-to-people relationship be strengthened through this kind of measures – as Addis Ababa claims – if Eritreans do not acknowledge and try to reciprocate?
We are thankful for Ethiopia’s “help” to Eritrean refugees. But in return Ethiopia is posting camps in the boundary, which could be easily attacked incase of a war (by the way Eritrea does it to Ethiopian opposition). On the other hand, I have the sensation Ethiopia is doing this so that opposition will not start asking Badme at this time.
But other wise, we must be thankful, because PFDJ, by closing the only university, is dispiriting Eritrean intellectuals and bringing them to their knees. I would like to bring to the attention of all considerate Eritreans that the epidemic that this scheme bears will be irredeemable, as it will create a generational gap between the educated and the ignorant in the future. Finally, the dia`s hatred of intellectuals is also shifting on opposition and demise of educational institutions is making our country a place of ignorant, immoral, diffident, obsequious and submissive citizens.
Daniel Berhane: How did the Eritrean government received the passing of the late PM Meles Zenawi – relieved or apprehensive?
How can we know how the Eritrea government received the passing of Melles? We can only speculate about how they received it. Officially they gave their condolence (by the ambassador of Eritrea to AU in Addis) to the government of Ethiopia, but we Eritreans people haven’t heard any words from our own government.
Daniel Berhane: Any thing you like to add?
The Eritrean opposition specially in Ethiopia has gone far by forgetting main issues to oppose the dictator regime and started fabricating new problems which do not exists. If the Eritrean opposition wants to revive must start listen the heart beat of his people in Eritrea and stop propagating ethnic politics because my experiences of last two decades shows that Eritreans will never accept such politics. Thanks!
Bio: (written by Yonathan Sebhatu, himself) I studied in Germany and Sweden working in my own private business and living in Sweden. I am active in Eritrean politics, was director of Radio Sinit (of the Eritrean diaspora) from 2001-2006, activist on human rights issues too.
* Based on info on social networking sites, Yonathan completed secondary education in Addis Ababa, Lycee Gebremariam Franco-Èthiopienne school, and studied Ethnology/Anthropology in University of Heidelberg. He speaks English, German, Tigrinya, Amharic, Swedish and French, and is adherent of Orthodox Christianity.
* This interview is part of the “Post-Meles 2012″ Special Edition of this blog.
Google Translation: “January 21, 2013, Paris – A group of several hundred soldiers under the command of a colonel and officers of the Eritrean army took control of the Ministry of Information, Monday, January 21, 2013 shortly before ten o’clock .
Supported by at least three tanks and several armored vehicles, the military took possession without violence complex housing the state broadcaster Eri-TV and radio public Dimtsi Hafash on the heights overlooking Asmara. Not wearing distinctive uniforms, several officers were identified among the troops because of their use of communication devices.
After gathering the ministry officials in a room on the second floor, the daughter of President Isaias Afewerki, has this morning in the building, the rebels forced the director of Eri-TV , Asmelash Abreha to read brief statement to the antenna, interrupting regular programming. ” We’re going to release political prisoners and fugitives ” , that is to say, persons captured while trying to smuggle the border with Sudan and Ethiopia. ” We will implement the Constitution ” of 1997, adopted by Parliament and the deceased never ratified by the Head of State. The signal state television and radio was then cut. Inside the country, a pattern was broadcast throughout the day, while the satellite signal broadcasting programs of record.
Several witnesses testified in the day that the situation was calm in Asmara. No shots were reported. Soldiers took position at the international airport and around the Central Bank of Eritrea, without establishing that they were loyal to the military junta led by Isaias Afewerki or not.
At nine o’clock, the program information has not been released for the first time since the creation of the Eritrean TV, there are more than twenty years. It was shortly after half past nine programs that have taken over. Presented by an employee of the Ministry of Information, a short newsletter began with apologies for the delay and suggested topics of the day. At the same time, employees of the Ministry of Information were informed that they were free to go home. As they left the hill Forto, headquarters of the Ministry and state media reported that some mutinous soldiers retreated to their base, which is found in the south-east.
Tonight, the situation is still calm in the capital, plunged into the night. It is not certain that the rebel units are folded in their barracks. A source says that rebel units have taken up positions around the capital and would have retained control of the city. A usual, the Eritrean ambassadors say that the situation is under control. The government made no statement.
The leader of the mutineers would Colonel Saleh Osman, a famous commander of a strong head unit based in Assab. It has been seen Enda Zena today and four officers who communicate by radio with one or more other units elsewhere in town. Their fate is unknown tonight, and that of their soldiers. I still do not know if it’s spectacular coup of some officers and their troops with minor claims. Or today in Asmara, an attempted coup d’état took place.”
እንታይ ኢና ንደሊ ዘሎና? ናበይ ገጽና ኢና’ኸ? እንድዒ………..!!!!
ካብ ኩሉ “ንነዊት” ጨነቖ!! ብቕድሚት ምራን ሓነቖ፡ ብድሕሪት ዕርፊ ጠበቖ፡ ሓረስታይ’ውን ኣትሪሩ ጠወቖ፡ ኮይኑ ናይ ኤርትራ ነገር።
ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ዘይቀስነሉ ዘሎ ግዜ ።
ቁጠባ ኤርትራ መሬት ዘቢጡ ብጸቅቲ ዝቅባበን እገዳን ተኸቢቡ ኣብ ዝርከበሉ ግዜ።
ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ጌና ኣብ ዝለዓለ ደረጃ ተጠንቀቅ ዘለወሉ ግዜ።
ወለድና ብረት ዝዓጥቅሉ ግዜ።
ተቋውሞ ፖለቲካዊ ሰልፍታትን ውልቀ ሰባትን ኣብ ክንዲ ብጥሙርን ኣብ ዝወሓደ ናይ ሓባር ዕላማ ተሰማሚዑ ዝቃለስ፡ ክበታተንን ክደራቀምን፡ ጸቢብ ፖለቲካውን ወገናውን፡ ስሱዕ ህርፋን ስልጣንን፡ ወሪሱ ዕንክሊል ክብል ዝረኣኽሉ ግዜ።
እንታይ ኢና ንደሊ ዘሎና? ናበይ ገጽና ኢና’ኸ? እንድዒ………..!!!!
ዝሓዝክዎ ካሪዝማቲክ መሪሕ ንጹር ፖለቲካዊ ዕላማ ኣብ ዲሞክራስን መሰል ሰብ ዝኣምን ሕጊ ዘለዎ ዝተወደበ ምንቅስቃስ ይርኢ ኣብ ዘየለኽሉ ግዜ።
እቲ ምቅዋም ምስ ወያነ ምቁጽጻይ ዝኾነሉ ግዜ……
እቲ ንህግደፍ ከልግስ ዝደሊ ዘሎ ውድብ ሪግኡ ዝጽበ መላኺ፡
መብዛሕትኡ እቲ ውልቀ-ሰብ ድማ ብድሕሪ ህግደፍከ ምስበልካዮ መልሲ ዘይብሉ ተቋዋሚ፡
ካብ ጥፍኣት ንጥፍኣት እንተ ዘይኮይኑ ኣብ ሞንጎ ፍትሕን ሕጊን ዝፈላሊ ቀጢን ገመድ ዘይብሉ
ስርዓት ንምትካል እንተኾይኑ እቲ ምቅዋም ናይ ሎሚ ምፍራይ ብሄራት ከም እሸል ዝኾነሉ
ምፍራይ መለኽቲ ከምውራይ ዝረአየሉ ግዜ።
ጀጋኑና ተሲኦም ተዝሪዎ ነዚ ግዜ
“ነዚ ኣይነበረን ትማሊ ኣነ ዝተጋደልክሉ!!” ዝበሉሉ ግዜ……
እንታይ ኢና ንደሊ ዘሎና? ናበይ ገጽና ኢና’ኸ? እንድዒ………..!!!!
ብርግጽ ናይ ሎሚ ፖለቲክ ኤርትራ ዘራጊቶ ኣቲዪዎ ኣሎ ጥራይ እየ ክብል ዝኽእል ካልእ ክኸውን ኣይክእልን…………
The traitors new method.
These traitors has started a new method to decept eritrean youth, we all know that their unofficial master is Sagem (Tewelde gebreselassie) who always engaged todestroy any genuine eritrean movment as he did with others. As usually they are attacking ppl with false accusation and unjust names.
The new one is “humantrafickers” as evrybody knows there was Hagerey was the first who welcomed the human traficker in the previous EMDJ until his money minimises and then when the members started to listen the traficker Hagerey felt desperate. There was the power fight started. The traficker with his money and Hagerey with his support of Sagem and Ethiopian gov.
These sagem call boys are all over the world and commanded from sagem headquarter Mekelle. They are almost all with criminal background and sometimes street vagabonds: just to give a hint the thief at Shire Mesoud Omer who took 10,000 birr and four laptop. The other in Washington DC Debessay Paltalk name (redsea…):-a girl who do not want to be with him , he thiefs her familly`s money. He took 2800 birr from her pocket.
Such bad habits and irresponsible things happened often in this group and it is usually a street gang behaviours. To cover this they are comming with “human trafickers”
I personally do not believe any words but to do not say never If they come with fact of this accusation I will stand there and fight against this trafickers!!!
See the agrument of Debessay the pick pocket!!
2012/4/20 Yonathan Sebhatu <email@example.com>
I will not be surprise if you say “idiot” bcs as a thief like you do not have any convincing argument than to insult. Pls stop sendinding any e-mail bcs I am a person who usually avoid discussing with liars!!!!
Skickat:fredag, 20 april 2012 1:08
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Hello Dr. Yonathan,
Jag tror att du korsar gränsen. Jag kommer inte bli förvånad om jag kallade dig – idiot.
2012/4/19 Yonathan Sebhatu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You are still lying!!!! You are Sagem sended call boy Why are you hiding yourself??? Sagem is behind all of that I know that Tewelde was in Mekele and Shire when I was there 100% His message arrived late but surelly and we know that Sagem(Tewelde) was behind al to replace Hagerey and hunt down other ppl !!! Why are you trying to decept ppl now?? No one can brain wash me be liar can lie me!!What paranoid not morethan you liar. How can you expect me sitting down and discuss with thiefs like you we know what you did in Ethiopia the girl who do not want to be with you. Do you remember that you took 2800 birr from her pocket You are un ugly thiefs pls look after your class.