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Triple arson attacks on Pro Eritrean regime groups in Stockholm
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
The incidents took place in the early morning of last Monday (February 25/3013 within hours difference at the suburbs of Stockholm where the majority Eritrean reside. Nobody was injured nor lost life however 50 people were evacuated from their houses in Hagalund. Two of these gathering places are located in Northern Stockholm which locally known as Solna/Hagalund & Husby respectively while the other which was not damaged as much the former ones is situated in the south and called Hogdalen. Different opposing groups blamed each other for this arson attack but no one took responsibilities so far. The Eritrean regime supporter who wants to be anonymous told local Swedish media TT is that these acts were perpetrated by no-one but those he calls them traitors (i.e ant-regime opposition groups) while Swedish-Eritrean MP Arhe Hamednaca, who is critical of the authoritarian regime in Eritrea, told "It could be a group siding with the government that wants to drag the opposition through the mud; they're known for doing that." Police is doing its investigation to find out whether these fire accidents arson attack or not.
Tension is mounting high between opposing Eritrean expat groups here in Sweden a case in police had to fire shot when clash flared up between these groups when the pro-Eritrean regime youth group tried to have a gig last year in Stockholm's suburb. According to some insiders, the political tension & repression backhome are manifesting themselves in various forms and shapes recently in many European cities and North America. Eritreans are one of the largest immigrant communities who started to immigrate in the 70s however the exodus of young Eritreans has increased at an alarming rate in recent years to escape either indefinite military conscription and or poverty.