Netherlands: Confusion ends with victory for Eritrean protesters over regime

Source: Dutch News The decision by Veldhoven’s mayor to ban a conference by the only political party permitted in Eritrea was upheld by a court in Den Bosch on Friday afternoon. The organisers of the conference went to court

Source: Dutch News

The decision by Veldhoven’s mayor to ban a conference by the only political party permitted in Eritrea was upheld by a court in Den Bosch on Friday afternoon. The organisers of the conference went to court to have the ban against their meeting at a conference centre in Veldhoven lifted.

Mayor Jack Mikkers said on Thursday evening he would not allow the meeting to go ahead, after police arrested over 100 demonstrators who had gathered outside the conference center where the gathering was due to be held.

The 128 people arrested were all released from custody on Friday morning and the public prosecution department has yet to decide if any of them should face charges, broadcaster NOS 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. Despite the ban, local broadcaster Omroep Brabant said the meeting had started on Friday afternoon. According to the conference Facebook page, some 500 people are in attendance. However, a spokeswoman for the conference center told the broadcaster that an alternative program of music is taking place instead.

Provocation

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.

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4 COMMENTS
  • k.tewolde April 15, 2017

    The few who monopolized our nations natural resources can buy themselves guns ,spies,lobbyists,plush conference rooms adorned with catered food in chaffing dishes,bribe corrupted foreign government officials to advance their narrow interests……………………………..but we can still beat them if we stick together and voice our cause for justice in unison with a bottle of water in one hand and a placard in the other in the blizzard of the winter or the sweltering sun of the summer. Yeeeees we can!

  • senkam April 15, 2017

    UNITY, ONENESS for a common cause, standing TOGETHER we can kick the sick, barbaric and ill-wisher of everything Eritrea/Eritrean identity pfdj and dump it into the landfill where all those tyrants who came before it has been piled and incinerated to ash. That way we bury our misery. In its place we sprout and grow branches of dignity, hope, inspiration and purpose from a dry wood that looked like a dead one for so long.
    Sure, we are as strong as we are UNITED and as weak as we are divided.

    One love One heart
    Let’s get together and feel alright !!

  • almazina April 16, 2017

    Victory to the abused and oppressed people. God bless erirea, eritreans minus pfdj and switherland.

  • Zeray April 16, 2017

    Thank you for such heroic standoff against the Barbric PFDJ. you have succeeded in challenging the brutal Isayas regime, this being the latest victory. The voiceless Eritrean people back home are proud of you for bringing their plight to the forefront.
    It happened last year in Washington DC, and this time in the Netherlands. Yemane Monkey and the PFDJ at large has been humiliated once again.
    Viva the struggle for democracy in Eritrea!!!

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