Eritrea: Exiled Eritrean Rebel Groups Plan Joint Military Attack Against Regime

BY TESFA-ALEM TEKLE, 7 SEPTEMBER 2013 Addis Ababa — Two Ethiopian-based  groups have agreed to join forces to carry out military attacks against the dictatorial Asmara regime, an opposition official told Sudan Tribune on Saturday. The agreement

BY TESFA-ALEM TEKLE, 7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Addis Ababa — Two Ethiopian-based  groups have agreed to join forces to carry out military attacks against the dictatorial Asmara regime, an opposition official told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

The agreement was reached after leaders of the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organisation (RSADO) and Saho Peoples Democratic Movement (SPDM) held a high-level meeting on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“The two opposition groups have agreed to jointly carry out military attacks to topple the oppressive regime and to eventually place a new democratic rule that respects the rights of the Eritrean people”, RSADO spokesperson Nesredin Ali told Sudan Tribune.

According to the signed agreement, the two groups will jointly continue their struggle, cooperating on areas of military, security, diplomacy and other aspects.

Leaders of the two parties pledged to implement the series of agreements signed between the groups.

A joint committee, tasked with following up the agreement’s implementation, was also established.

The opposition official said the two sides believe joining their forces will help bring an end to the long-standing political repression suffered by the minority Afar and Saho people and which Ali says has escalated to the level of ethnic cleansing.

He also called on other Eritrean opposition groups to join the armed struggle.

“Our doors are open for other opposition groups, concerned bodies and the Eritrean people and the army itself to join the struggle against president Isaias [Afewerki ]-led rule”, Ali said.

The reclusive Red Sea nation has been led by Afewerki since it gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 and has never had any legally recognised opposition parties.

The secretive regime has arrested thousands of dissidents, as well as ministers who spoke out in favour of political reform, with many languishing in Eritrean prison facilities.

Eritrea, which is also is referred as ‘Africa’s North Korea’, is ranked as one of the world’s most repressive nations by many international human rights groups.

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20 COMMENTS
  • daniel September 9, 2013

    declare a military strike? “What were they doing for the last how many years 15 or 14 years? talking ?

  • hit pfdj September 9, 2013

    the quation is not weither the oppostion forces are capeble or not , in a state of war, no single one will stand and fight to defend isseyas. becouse as we all now,that they are all feed up of this mad man way of life.

  • Forto September 9, 2013

    Any action is good, because it is about time. By any means necessary change must come. Fairness and justice-is long overdue.

  • Forto September 9, 2013

    Action speake louder than words. It is show time. Show us what you can do. I am excited, and I am also looking forward to the success of your army struggle. Well done is better than well said.

  • Forto September 9, 2013

    My fellow citizens stand up for your right.We all are born free, we must fight for our freedom. We need sustainability, dignity, freedom, peace and equality. Our power is in our unity. We must come together and fight for our existence, and we must win time.

  • terry September 12, 2013

    It sounds easy from the comfort of your chairs to ask for reform and change. You want change get up and demand it. besides we all know all the opposition party is just a scheme to form a group to get aid from outside forces. such bull is the reality of our lives.

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