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Vol 54 No 4

Published 15th February 2013


Issayas staggers a little

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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