Monday, January 21, 2013

ERITREA COUP ATTEMPT

ERITREA COUP RUMOR

Soldiers mutiny reported

MOGADISHU NEWSWIRE--A military coup may be underway in tiny Eritrea, varying reports from inside the heavily-censored country claim, while state television appears to have been shut down.
Reuters reports that about "200 Eritrean soldiers with two tanks have surrounded the Ministry of Information" in the national capital of Asmara, although little more information appears to be available.
According to a video posted on Asmarino.com, a group of soldiers have taken down the state TV station and are planning to release political prisoners, says Albawaba News.

Rumors have swirled over the possible death of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerk, and in December, an Eritrean presidential spokesperson told reporters that rumors of Afewerk stepping down were baseless.

Eritrea has gained unwanted attention in recent years as one of the most heavily censored nations on the planet, ranked as "one of the world's worst human rights abusers," according to Freedom House.


 
President of Eritrea Isaias Afewerki (L) chats with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (C) and Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor (R) following a two-day China-Africa summit in Beijing in November 2006. (GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)