Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia stage demonstration in protest to regime in Asmara

Addis Ababa, November 15, 2017 (FBC) – Hundreds of Eritrean refugees sheltered in Ethiopia staged a demonstration at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa in protest to the regime in Asmara.

The demonstrators shouted “no more oppressive Isaias Afewerki’s government,” “our problem is Isaias”, “we are denied our freedom.”

The protesters also carried placards that request the Isaias regime to step down.

Participants of the demonstration told FBC reporter that “today’s demonstration is to seek support from the African Union (AU) for the freedom of our country.”

Recalling the demonstrations staged for more than four times in the past, they said “We are not happy with the Union because it didn’t’ respond to our question for the removal of Isaias from power.”

 Eritreans are currently in a difficult situation and hundreds of thousnds of people are in prisons, they said.

“There is no freedom of religion and religious leaders are behind bars with no reasons. In general, there is no rule of law in Eritrea and people are dying in prisons,” they added.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat