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  • Bokru July 19, 2017

    Rebuttal to Mr. Filmon (Why is the Eritrean diaspora violently being harassed? posted on

    Mr. Filmon,
    Have ever heard Eritreans raising their hands on their leaders before? I suspect your answer is no, because that is the truth. You are young and you may not know a lot about the history of the legal system in Eritrea. However, you will be surprised if I tell Eritreans had a better legal system in 1935 than the legal system they have now. That tells you how civilized we Eritreans were. The central tent of the legal system was whatever the crime was the person suspected of committing a crime had a chance to appear before a village or municipality judge to deny or accept the charges. That means looking at what is happening in Eritrea now, after struggling for 30 solid years to be an independent country, we have a legal system that was practiced by the shiftas of the early 19th century. We have a country where one person, the president, is the accuser and the jailer. In what part of the world do you see a mother who flew from the USA to be by the side of her kids because her husband was arrested get picked by security agents at the airport and disappear for 15 years and no one knows about her whereabouts. If you committed treason would you fly from the US to Asmara? The system we have right now is one that personalizes the legal system. If you commit a crime and the judge tells you what it is and sentences you to whatever punishment, you do not go after the judge because you know the judge is doing his job. In the current system, you do not think that way because you know that the person jailing your mother, father, brother or sister is doing it just to protect his power and remain in place for years to come. Isn’t that the highest form of violence? Picking comrades in arms who spent their youth life fighting for the country, fresh out of school journalists who were striving to make a profession out of journalism, an embassy employees who translated what was written in a newspaper as part of their job, from their homes and throwing them in jail for ever is the highest form of violence. There cannot be any other violence uglier than that. Hence if you are trying to teach about violence then you should start with the government you are working hard to defend. Otherwise you making yourself a fool. Eritreans are losing their patience and reaching to a breaking point. They are showing the system that they respect their leaders because it has been their culture not because they were cowards. Unfortunately, given the government’s failure to correct its mistakes the Italy and Holland violence may not be the last one. If you are promoting violence you need to expect to be met by violence.