Tigrai Online May 06, 2013
Galvanised by the Arab spring, Eritreans in exile in Europe are mobilising against the authoritarian regime of President Issaias Afeworki with a new tool -- the humble telephone.
Every week, members of the diaspora make hundreds or even thousands of automated calls to their compatriots in the eastern African nation, chosing their numbers at random and playing them one-minute recorded messages to spread dissent.
"It is time to restore our liberty and dignity," says one of the messages. In another, the mother of high-profile political prisoner Aster Yohannes recalls the fate of her daughter, who was arrested in 2003 and who has not been heard of since.
And they have put these demands to the Eritrean people in about 100,000 recorded telephone calls made every Friday since late 2011 -- including to some members of the regime.
Ironically, "sometimes it's actually the people who don't like what we're doing that spread the message because they are not afraid", said Selam Kidane, founder of the 'Arbi Harnet' (Free Friday) movement.
Source: Nation - http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/The-telephone--the-new-weapon-of-Eritreans-in-exile/-/1066/1843290/-/jolci3z/-/index.html
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