- Posted March 22, 2013 by
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Eritrean Govt's supporters attacked me on broad-day light in Stockholm.
I went to document a rally held by Eritrean govt's supporters here in Stockholm on March 22, 2013 around 2 o'clock. One of the demonstrators ordered me to stop filming & I asked him why and then he hit me and grabbed my camera. After that some of his fellow country men/women went all over me like a swarm; I lost balance and fell down on the asphalt because they were too many and couldn't withstand their kicks and boxes. Everybody was shouting belo, belo, (which means in Tigrigna hit him, hit him). I wasn't surprised by their actions since they are well reputed for doing other worse things to fellow journalists and others who oppose the govt in Eritrea; what shocked me most was those police officers who were on the spot and being indifferent while I was threatened to leave the place by these thugs. Those police officers were telling me to "calm-down" when I pleaded them to recover my camera. This is a price I'd never expected a journalist should pay in a country like Sweden which is known for respecting the rule of law and freedom of speech/expression; I was proven wrong twice.