Propaganda program hid culture festival – police can only see
Eritrean dictator goes fundraising in Switzerland
Eritrean dictator Isaias Afwerki raised funds for his rule in Switzerland. The opposition is angry – but because of a deceit, the police is unable to do anything.
Here, two men dressed as soldiers with guns in what is actually believed to be an Eritrean cultural festival in Valais.
Two men in camouflage suits hold real-looking guns in the air. Dozens of people in colorful costumes are dancing around him. These scenes took place not in Africa this summer, but in a multi-purpose hall in Wallace.
The Culture Festival is believed to have actually been a propaganda program to support totalitarian rule in Eritrea, as “NZZ am Sonntag” writes. The guests were asked to donate to the dictator Isaias Afwerki (76). Eritrean Ambassador to Switzerland Adam Osman also attended the event.
“A Certain Potential for Violence”
Such events are held frequently in Eritrea to collect donations for the “martyrs”. A similar event was planned on Saturday as well. These are made public only later because the organizers fear demonstrations by members of the opposition and interference by the police.
This fear does not seem completely unfounded. The Federal Office of Police Fedpol told “NZZ am Sonntag” that the past had shown “there is a definite potential for violence and that riots are possible”.
the police can only see
The large Eritrean diaspora in Switzerland is divided. Many Eritreans who fled in the 1980s are still supporters of the dictator Afwerki. On the other hand, those who fled in the 2000s experienced firsthand the persecution of the regime and are fighting against the rulers and their followers.
Although the incidents of propaganda are known, the opposition and anti-police can do nothing about the fundraising. The organizers keep the venue a secret till the last minute.
mass dispute in germany
According to “NZZ am Sonntag”, buses were waiting for participants at the collection point on Saturday. Only those who had already registered by telephone were allowed to board the buses. Where the incident finally took place is not yet known.
An incident that happened a week ago in Germany shows the tension between supporters and opponents of dictator Afwerki. Opposition members tried to storm a hall full of Afwerkis supporters. A massive brawl ensued, involving more than 200 people. 33 people were injured, including seven police officers. (obf)