Tigrai Online Jan. 25, 2013
The one man regime in Eritrea has been tight lipped about what happened on January 21, 2013, when over 200 Eritrean soldiers with tanks took over the Eritrean information ministry on Monday and forced state media to call for political prisoners to be freed and the constitution to be implemented.
Recent information coming from Asmara indicates that there was negotiating with President Isaiss and the coup leaders. The dissident soldiers were outnumbered and out armed by the pro government forces. At the end they were forced to vacate the Ministry of Information and were given a save passage to go back to their barracked. However, the Colonel Saleh Osman’s unit is reportedly in the highlands of Adi Keyih demanding for negotiations only with military police and not any other security forces according to Awate.
According to Stratfor, the Austin, Texas-based intelligence group, The rebellion may have been led by General Saleh Osman, a veteran of Eritrea’s independence war who previously engaged in talks for democratization with the president’s office, according to Stratfor. General Filipos Woldeyohannes, a former confidant of Isaias who “fell from grace,” may also have been involved.
Even though the Eritrean regime didn’t even mention anything about the failed coup, it didn’t take it that long to go on a arresting hundreds of people including senior government officials. Awate.com repots some of the people arrested in connection with the failed coup;
The above senior government officials were arrested after the incident at the Ministry of Information but Awate.com could not confirm their arrest is directly related to the failed coup.
No one knows for sure which Saleh was involved in the take over. Some say it is General Saleh Osman and others are saying it is Colonel Saleh Osman.
Continued what their Eritrean army brothers and sisters did in Asmara a few days ago, some brave Eritrean youth Occupied the Eritrean Embassy in London today. The group which calls itself the Eritrean Youth for Change entered the Eritrean Embassy and asked to see the Ambassador but they were told he was not in the office by other staff members.
See what happened yesterday in the Eritrean Embassy Some brave Eritrean youth Occupied the Eritrean Embassy in London.