We are strongly condemning the brutal killing of young Eritreans in the streets of Asmara.
Through our contacts inside Eritrea (also confirmed via other outlets) we have been informed that about 15 military trucks had made their way yesterday on April 3 from Acordet to Assab via Asmara carrying big numbers of young military conscripts. The plan was to bring them to Assab for more forced military training.
When driving through Asmara, a big number of the youth shipped via the long journey jumped off the trucks. Shooting occurred immediately in the streets of Asmara. It has been reported by our contacts that at least 3 young Eritreans have been shot dead on the spot, many more are severely or slightly injured.
Others managed to flee and are now hiding resulting in a big house search by the military across Asmara, which is currently ongoing.
We strongly condemn the brutal and unnecessary death of more Eritrean youth under the highest order of dictator Isayas Afewerki and his henchmen generals. We worry about the well-being of all conscripts.
We want to remind all Eritreans – regardless of their background – that these are our brothers, sisters, and children who deserve a better future and safe environment to live in – in what is very much their country called Eritrea!
We want to remind all Eritreans that dictator Isayas Afewerki decided to keep them in military and forced ‘social’ service for an indefinite period of time, sometimes more than 15 years in remote camps and with little payment.
We want to remind all Eritreans that dictator Isayas Afewerki has built 361 prisons (those registered with names), while he alone has decided that that our country Eritrea and our beloved people should have 0 universities, around 5 colleges, and that all private health care practices should be closed leaving the country with a few poorly equipped hospitals. Compare that – and renew your resolution that this cannot continue!
We shall all be reminded that our youth in particular and our people do deserve better – and that we are collectively responsible for the future we are building for Eritrea. We call upon everyone to strongly condemn the recent killings and shooting and to do everything possible to build an Eritrea where all of us can live in peace, dignity, and prosperity – free from fear, injustice, systematic tragedy, death, and brutality.