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Whoever was responsible, the army rebellion and the seizure of Asmara’s television station expose growing cracks in the totalitarian facade

News of mutiny filtered out of Eritrea in late January as it might out of a hermit kingdom. On 21 January, some 200 soldiers with at least two tanks had seized control of the Forto in Asmara, a massive building housing the Information Ministry on a hill overlooking the capital. The five officers in command ordered the Director of Eritrean Television, acting Information Minister Asmellash Abraha Woldu, to broadcast their demands.

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Asmellash Abraha Woldu, Issayas Aferworki, Umar Hassan, Teweel, Saleh Osman, Abdella Jaber, Mustafa Nurhussein, Suleiman Hajj, Sudan, Soviet, Lenin, Hadish Efrem, Kenya, Tewolde Habte Negash, Mohamed Seid Mantai, Somalia, Iran, Emmanuel Hagama, Felipos Woldeyohannes, Ali Abdu Ahmed, Australia, Petros Solomon, Sebhat Efrem, Teklai Kifle, Manjus, Gerezgiher Andemariam, Wuchu, Egypt, Israel, Ban Ki-moon, Teklai Habteselassie, Qatar, Sebhat Ephrem, United States, ERITREA'S TOP MILITARY COMMANDERS, •, Tekle Kifle, Haile Samuel, China, Fitsun Gebrehiwot, Asmerom Gerezgiher, Ramadan Osman, Awliya, Humed Mohammed, Karekare, Abraha Kassa, Simon Gebredengel, Yemane Gebremeskel, Yemane Gebremariam, Hagos Gebrehiwot, mdskal, Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen