Radio Erena: 18 September, 2014
Eritrean change-seekers in different parts of the world observe September 18 – the day popularly known as ‘the darkest day in the Eritrean history’ – the day when the black history was carried out by the president.
On this day in 2001, President Isaias Afweki cracked down on former cabinet members and independent journalist who demanded a democratic change in the country and has detained them for the past 13 years.
The change-seeking community in the various part of the world underlined president Afwerki is responsible for the physical and psychological torture that has been inflicted upon these prisoners of conscience and their families. They have also stressed out the urgency of the time to stand up for their people, which have become the victim of the president’s dictatorship and utter human rights violations.
According to different sources, most of the victims of September 18, are believed to be dead due to lack of medical and ill treatment in detention.
Around 10,000 (Ten thousand) political prisoners – mostly former government officials and journalists, are reported to have been detained in various Eritrean prisons since 1994, according to reports by Amnesty International.