[ View the story "Eritrea unrest echoed in London" on Storify] Eritrea unrest echoed in London Protesters in the UK respond to reported siege of Eritrea's information ministry.
The Stream· Fri, Jan 25 2013 12:20:08
Commentary on the London demonstration was divided. Below, Twitter user @Abdulkaderibra1 shared a photo of protesters tearing apart President Isaias Afewerki's photo with the caption "beautiful picture from the storming of the Eritrean Embassy".
@BBerhe retweeted this photo below, apparently from the London Embassy. He tweets that Eritrea has had enough of "DIA" or Dictator Isaias Afewerki.
Filmon Zerai viewed the protest in a different light:
Thank you to the UK police for handling the criminals that took over #Eritrea embassy in London-Aggressive rampage What will that achieve?Filmon Zerai
Great job guys! You all are setting up an example of how to revolt against an oppressive regime.youtube.com
keep up the good work! let eritreans know we Londoners will not feel well as long as eritreans are suffering.youtube.com
Other comments denounced the tactics of the protesters. From
So lets just recap ... - Peaceful means no violence right? When I see broken glass that usually strikes me as a tad bit violent. - If you want to do a protest it is in your best interest to acquire a permit - As an Eritrean you should respect anyone who fought to bring us all independence. Now dont get me wrong I am not a PIA fanatic but I would never step on any Eritreans face. Wether you like it or not he is one of the many who allows you to call yourself Eritrean Awet N'Hafash!youtube.com
Semhar Araia, founder and executive director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) commented on the debate:
Sad to see another virtual platform overtaken w #Eritrea #diaspora arguing, loaded Qs, personal agendas, judgment & name calling. #RiseAboveSemhar
Monday's siege sent off a wave of social media
over the alleged coup. Details of the event remain difficult to verify due to Eritrea's
on foreign media.
This whole #eritrea thing goes to show that cos you blog it/tweet it does not make it so.EllesBells
Whatever's happening in #Eritrea,pls stay calm &watch events closely. We need verified info. Not rumors, defensiveness, or flippant remarks.Semhar
Members of the Eritrean diaspora tweeted their plans for similar protests in Sweden and Germany.
Join the Forto 2013 Solidarity manifestation tomorrow outside Eritrean embassy in Stockholm at 11:00. #Forto2013 #KeepingHopeAlive #EritreaMeron Estefanos
After London, Youth #Occupy #Eritrean Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, and Stockholm Sweden this afternoon! #Eritrea wants #change !!roberta deambrosi