Press TV: Eritrea’s Independence Day and Political Future (Interview)

22 years after securing its freedom, is it now time for Eritrea to come in from the cold?
22 years after securing its freedom, is it now time for Eritrea to come in from the cold?

By Thomas C Mountain,

It’s one of Africa’s youngest and most bullish countries, a nation that once refused all aid, saying it made people lazy and dependent. But Eritrea, which celebrates its 20th birthday this week, is at a crossroads. At home it’s ruled with an iron fist by Isaias Afwerki the man who led them to independence, and who claims his country is united behind him.

But abroad Eritrea is condemned by groups like Human Rights Watch which alleges it has 10,000 political prisoners, and by a large vocal diaspora which accuses Afwerki of widespread repression. 

This weeks Press TV’s Africa Today program is focusing on Eritrea Independence Day and it’s political future. Guests include Thomas C. Mountain from Asmara, Bereket “Weyane” Kahsai from UK based Eritrean youth movement and political analyst Vincent Gasana from London.


The host Henry Bonsu was, as usual, very well prepared, and did a good job of asking the right questions. Vincent Gasana from Rwanda was very well informed and added important information on Eritrea. Bereket “Weyane” Kahsai, who is a regular guest of the Ethiopian regime at conferences calling for the violent overthrow of the Eritrean government added the usual well worn disinformation slandering our country and was not his usual barking mad self.

Please send a note of thanks to the producers of Africa Today and thanks to the Eritrean diaspora who have helped keep them up to date on matters.