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By Drs Tsegezab Gebregergis
Ermias Tekie, an Eritrean holding Swedish citizenship and an active human-rights activist, has not been seen since May 21 when he visited the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. It has been confirmed by members of his family and by friends that Ermias was taken from his hotel room by two unknown people (possibly through the joint action of the Ethiopian and Eritrean secret police).
Concerned Eritrean human-rights activists living in Ethiopia have approached the Ethiopian government to learn the whereabouts of Ermias Tekie, but so far to no avail.
Mdrebahri believes that the Eritrean secret police, operating clandestinely in Ethiopia with the active collaboration of the Ethiopian secret police, is possibly behind the kidnapping of Ermias.
It has done so – at an early stage in the new and unholy alliance signed in Asmara on July 9 2018 by the Eritrean fascist dictator – in order to terrorise and create panic among the thousands of Eritrean political and human-rights activists operating in Ethiopia.
Consequently, Mdrebahri would like inform to all Eritrean refugees and other political activists at present in Ethiopia that they will no longer be safe in an Ethiopia which is allied with the Eritrean fascist dictator. Similarly, as of now, Eritrean political activists and other justice seekers should refrain from travelling to Ethiopia under the rule of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Subsequently, any Eritrean justice seeker travelling to Ethiopia will do so at his/her own peril.
There can no doubt that, as soon as the unholy alliance between the two troubled regimes in Eritrea and Ethiopia is cemented and an Eritrean embassy is re-established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will be invaded by Eritrean intelligence and secret-police agents seeking to hunt down and assassinate patriotic Eritreans opposed to the PFDJ-led fascist regime in Eritrea. This has happened in the past to Sara Meconen, Tesfanchiel Wedi-Giorgio and Zecarias and Gebrebrhan Zere, to mention only a few among the hundreds of Eritreans kidnapped and assassinated by the PFDJ killer squads in Ethiopia.
Mdrebahri therefore calls on UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to show serious concerned at the dire threat posed to the wellbeing and safety of Eritrean refugees residing in temporary makeshift refugee camps in Ethiopia and to other Eritrean democrats opposed to the PFDJ regime by the new unprincipled relationship being forged between Eritrea and Ethiopia. For these concrete reasons stated here, Mdrebahri calls on the UN refugee agency to begin speedily to transfer the thousands of Eritrean refugees to other countries in which they can feel safe.
Mdrebahri also calls on the Ethiopian government to provide information immediately on the whereabouts of Ermias Tekie to the concerned and anxious Eritrean diaspora population and to his immediate family. After all, the Ethiopian government, which has openly condemned the Meles Zenawi government’s cruel action against the opposition forces in Ethiopia as terrorism, must understand that the kidnapping of a peaceful visitor from his hotel is nothing other than terrorism which must be strongly condemned.
Long live solidarity between and among Eritrean justice seekers the world over!