28 killed in rare protests in Eritrea, opposition group says

By Elias Meseret | AP ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — At least 28 people have been killed in rare protests in the capital of Eritrea, one of the world’s most reclusive nations, an official with the largest Eritrean opposition group

By Elias Meseret | AP

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — At least 28 people have been killed in rare protests in the capital of Eritrea, one of the world’s most reclusive nations, an official with the largest Eritrean opposition group said Wednesday.

Another more than 100 people were injured in the protests in Asmara that began on Monday and escalated on Tuesday, spokesman Nasredin Ali with the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization told The Associated Press, citing sources on the ground in Eritrea. The group is based in neighboring Ethiopia.

The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea late Tuesday reported gunfire “at several locations in Asmara due to protests” and advised U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area. The statement did not say why the protests occurred.

Nasredin’s claims of deaths and injuries could not be independently verified. He said the demand by Eritrea’s government to control a Muslim community school in Asmara led to the clashes.

“Following the refusal to hand over the school, some 40 people were arrested and this led to the massive protests,” he said, adding that Asmara was tense on Wednesday as a funeral ceremony took place. “The army is bringing forces from outside the capital.”

Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel downplayed the reports of unrest, saying on Twitter that “small demonstration by one school in Asmara dispersed without any casualty hardly breaking news.”



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  • kokhob November 1, 2017

    Let’s hope the 28 dead or killer are jihadi muslim terrorist murderers, they die to go to their evil Islam hell and to be rewarded 28 jihadi virgins by their allah wuakber shitty. Saudi Arabia once again is behind this evil muslim jihad mission.

    • kokhob November 1, 2017

      sorry I meant to say the 28 dead or killed and also will be rewarded ‘with’ 28 jihadi virgins……

      • Peter November 1, 2017

        You re the terrorist bastard. Hasusat hgdef gzekum abkiu eyu

        • almaz November 4, 2017

          Hgdf do the same thing to distruct, but kokhob is not one of them. He is an agame who hates amhara and oromo. Go and check tigrayonline and read his past comments.

  • eqqual-rpght November 1, 2017

    the moslem in eritrea have more right as christians. many evangekical believers are suffering in eritrea without any reason in contstrationcamps. i dont understand the reason of some moslems in eritrea.. they are dreaming from islamic state of erirea.. moslems and christians were fighting for the equal right of all eritreans but not for the sharia state. i am not a suporter of the eritrean Government, in these case i have a tendece to support the action of the eritrean government

  • TesfaldetAbraha November 1, 2017

    አሰና ክንደይ ጥዕም ወረ ንሕና ዝሰማዕና ቶኽሲ ንላዕሊ አየር እዩ ነሩ ሰሚዕና 28ሞይቶም ዝብል ጥዑም ወረ ድአ ካበይ አምጺእካዮ ብዝኾነ ጥዑም ወረ አስሚዕካና ቶሮሪስት አብ ኤርትራ ቦታ የብሎምን

    • Tesfom November 1, 2017

      ኣይተ ተስፋልደት ሞት ዕስራን ሸሞንተስ ጥዑም ወረ ክትብሎ። ካበየነይቲ ፕላነት ኢኻ መጺእካ ሓወይ። እቲ ሰብኣዊ ርህራሄ ናበይ ከይዱ። እዚ ነገር ኣብ ቤተ ሰብካ እንተዝበጽሕ ጥዑም ወረ’ ዶ ምበልካዮ፧ እንተኾነ ከምቲ ዝተመነኻዮ ከምዘይ ኣጋጠመ ከርድኣካ እፈቱ።

      • TesfaldetAbraha November 2, 2017

        ክቡር ሐው አነውን እዚ ሐሶት ከምዝኾነ ይፈልጥ እየ አሰና ካበይ አምጺእዎ 28 ሞይቶም አነ ድማ በአንጻሩ ከም ሕጉስ ተመሲለ ኮመንት ገረ ንስኻ እቲ ሐቂ ስለ ዝፈለጣካዮ ከም ዝተመነኻዮ አይኮነን ኢልካኒ ሐሶት ሙዃኑ ምብራህካ የመስግነካ

        • alem November 3, 2017

          Tesit hatela
          Why do they fire at un armed civilians peacefully demonstrating. Do not they have the right to protest? Not that i support separation of sexes at school or wearing of hijab both signs of backwardedness and darkness. But still they have the right to protest peacefully as they did.

  • Amba November 1, 2017

    Any death even a single human being, let alone a multiple is very sad and a big loss to the city and the community. Though, this is hard to verify having come from Addis Ababa about a news that took place in Asmara, there is no doubt that there were some violent deaths if shots were fired by the Asmara regime. This is a trademark response of the regime that had been all too common since the Thawra/Ghedli eras.
    We should be very careful with our responses to avoid exploiting these sad deaths by creating more chaos and instability in a region that is beset by religious, ethnic, famine and political conflicts, as is happening destructively in Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan … etc

    May they rest in peace and may Eritreans find reasonable ways for peace.

  • Selamawit November 1, 2017

    Here we go again 03 working hard to demonize innocent unarmed civilians protesting against the evil dictator. They have every right to protest.

  • ሃይማኖት ሰላም November 2, 2017

    ኣስላም ቁርኣን ዝፈቕዶ ከተግብሩ መሰሎም እዩ

    ኣነስ ናይዞም ክርስትያን ዝኾንና ትምክሕቲ እዩ ዝገርመኒ ዘሎ። ኣስላማይ ኣብ ዝኸዶ ከይዱ ኣስላማይ እዩ።መሰሎም ከየተግብሩ ንሕና ትግርኛ ክርስትያን ንዅንኖም ኣለና። ብጊዜ ኤውሮጵያዊ ኮሎኒ ወት ሃደራት ሱዳን ኣብ ኣስመራ ምስ ኣተዉ እቶም *ሰላማውያን* ዝኾኑ ጀበርቲ ኣብ ማይ ኣባሻውል 48 ክርስትያናት ሓሪዶም።ህዝቢ ኣወጊዝዎም።ኣይግድን !!! ሃይማኖቶም ዝእዝዞም እዮም ዝገበሩ ናይ ግድን ከምቲ ክርስትያን ናይ ካልእ ሃይማኖት ኣኽቢርካ ጎኑ ተቐመጥ ዝብል ክኽተሉ ናይ ግዲ ኣይኮነን።ሕጂ እውን እቶም ዓቢ ሰብኣይ ጀብርቲ ኣብቲ ቪድዮ ከም ዝበልዎ ዝደልይዎ ኤርትራ ብጅሃድ ንኽትምራሕ እዩ።እዚ ኽኣ ሃይማኖታዊ መሰሎም እዩ።እወ ነቶም ክርስትያን ዝኾንና ናብቲ *ሓቀኛ* ሃይማኖቶም እንተዘይተቐይርና ክሓርዱናእዮም, መሰሎም እዩ።ንሕና ኽኣ ሃይማኖት እስልምና ከነኽብር ሱቕ ኢልና ክንሕረድ እዩ ዝግብኣና፣ እንተዘይኮይኑ ጸረ እስላም ንኸውን ኣለና።ኣይ ክርስትያን እንድዮም ኣብ ኒውዮርክ ብ 2001 የሱስ ይኽበር እናበሉ ነተን ትዊን ታወርስ ዘዕነዉ።ኣይ እስራኤላውያን እንድዮም ሻሎም ኣሎሄ እናበሉ ሰብ ብመኪናታት ዝረግጹ፣ ኣይ ጀብሃ ናይ ክርስትያን ኮይና እንድያ ኣስላም ዝቐተለት ።ነቶም ምሁራት ኣስላም ከለዉ ደፋእቲ ኣድጊ ክርስትያናት ኣብ ስልጣን ኮፍ ዘበለት።ኣብ ጀብሃ ክርስትያን ኣብ እስራኤል ከይዱ ይሕከም ኔሩ እቲ ኣስላማይ ግን ኣብ ሱዳን ይድርበ ኔሩ።
    ኣስላም ምንም እኳ ካብ 600 ዓመተ ምህረት ጀሚሩ ን 1400ዓመታት እንተቐተለ ሃይማኖት ሰላም እዩ

  • Almaz November 2, 2017

    Here is a Tweet post which says it all —- No comment post LOVE!.

    Elias Amare @eliasamare

    #Ethiopia-based @AP journo Elias Meseret must be outed as “pathological liar” & #FakeNews purveyor on #Eritrea. @washingtonpost complicit.

  • Duri Mohammed November 2, 2017

    I am very sorry for those appreciating the killing of innocent people if indeed those people are killed. They have the right to demonstrate and their demand is simple : to keep their community school to serve the Muslim community. No Sharia, nothing. We all know that Sharia cannot be applied in the world at this moment let alone in Eritrea. Even Saudis don’t subscribe to strict Sharia.
    But those supporting the killings belong to the lower kingdom of animals.

  • eqqual-rpght November 2, 2017

    In Eritrea there is no constitution. As long as there is no constitution, there is no guarantee to demonstrate. The country is in war with Ethiopia. The military with the leadership of President Isayas has the power. If a country is in a state of war, there is no democratic right. It is not an exception that applies only in eritrea, but in western countries there are also such laws. for example in the Basic Law of Germany
    paragraph 91 Basic Law of Germany:
    1) In order to avert an imminent danger to the existence or the free democratic basic order of the Federation or a country, a country may request police forces of other countries as well as forces and institutions of other administrations and the Federal Border Guard.
    (2) If the country in which the danger threatens is not prepared or able to combat the danger itself, the Federal Government may subject the police in this country and the police forces of other countries to their instructions and deploy units of the Federal Border Guard. The order shall be canceled after the risk has been removed, and otherwise at any time at the request of the Bundesrat. If the danger extends to the territory of more than one country, the Federal Government may, to the extent necessary for effective control, issue instructions to the Land governments; …

    • Semere November 2, 2017

      There’s no war in Eritrea. The only war there is the war declared by hgdef against the Eritrean people. Christians, Moslems every religious institution is being attacked by power hungry hgdef dogs.

  • Wediere November 3, 2017

    The Eritrean regime with the criminal Isaias at its head is the cause of all the ills and suffering of our people. Not to forget all those who support this dictatorial shifta in Eritrea are as much to blame and will be accountable for their crimes in enabling this unelected and power grabbing regime in Eritrea. No one fought in order to let this evil pre and govt to lead our beloved Eritrea. It is a shame for Eritrea to be in such embarrassing and sorry state after we lost all the heroes for independence. So stand with our suffering people of Eritrea and not with the unlawful dictatorial regime that is killing our innocent people day and night! No Eritrean should be proud of the system in Eritrea now that rules without constitution or any kind of rule of law.By the way the issue of Dia school in Asmara is not and was not about sharia or anything like that rather it is about the rights of any segments of our people to practice their religion as they see fit. The director of the school said that the Eritrean government is interfering in our internal schools not only on that school but on all other non Muslim schools as well, There is no secret that the regime in Eritrea has always being a torn of all freedom loving people of Eritrea. always subjugating them to unnecessary suffering instead of indulging the most suffering people in the world.