• Sweden edition
 
Sweden hosts mystery 'terror regime' meet-up
A pro-Eritrean regime demonstration in Sergels Torg in 2009

Sweden hosts mystery 'terror regime' meet-up

Published: 04 Apr 2012 15:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Apr 2012 15:13 GMT+02:00

A pro-Eritrean regime youth group is hosting a large international conference somewhere in Sweden over Easter weekend in what outraged Swedes have billed as "brainwashing" for a "terror regime".

Among the guests will be President Isaias Afewerkis closest man, advisor Yemane Gebreab.

“It is bloody awful that they brainwash kids and collect them all together in Sweden to celebrate the dictatorship,” Swedish-Eritrean MP Arhe Hamednaca of the Social Democrats told news agency TT.

According to a statement from the youth organization Young People's Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ) some 800 exile Eritreans are expected to attend the meeting, which will take place in Sweden between April 5th and April 9th.

Head of information at the Swedish foreign ministry, Anders Jörle, says that the ministry has not had anything to do with arranging the Eritrean visit.

"But we do have the freedom of assembly in this country," said Jörle to news agency TT.

However, Hamednaca thinks that allowing the meeting is taking Swedish freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly too far.

“I don’t think we would have allowed al-Qaeda to host a meeting brainwashing kids,” he said.

That the Eritrean regime supports Islamist movement al-Shabaab, the Somali branch of al-Qaeda, is common knowledge and the information has been ratified by the UN, Hamednaca opined.

“This is part of that movement. It is a terror regime,” he said adding that Sweden should never have granted Gebreab a visa.

The exact location for the event has been shrouded in mystery. While YPFDJ had booked the exclusive Stockholm night club Berns for their final party, the event was later cancelled by mutual agreement.

The move comes following several Swedish media reports accusing Berns of "taking money from a dictator" by agreeing to host the event.

"I think it's inappropriate. If I owned a venue I wouldn't rent it out to an organization that promoted a dictator," Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) MP Fredrik Malm told the Expressen newspaper.

According to TT, the Eritrean organization has arranged a concert in Husby, in northern Stockholm on Saturday. The event has been advertised on a news site, known to support the regime.

But those in charge of the venue are unaware of the arrangements as the location has been booked by an individual and not in the group’s name.

And according to Kjell Lindgren of the Stockholm police, he would have been informed if the event was to be held somewhere in Stockholm County.

However, it is Swedish security service Säpo which will decide if the presidential advisor will require protection while in Sweden.

”That is always the case when we have foreign visitors who are part of a country’s regime, Säpo will take care of their protection. But the Stockholm police are of course following developments and are ready with resources, should they be needed,“ he told TT.

In Sweden there is widespread criticism against the foreign ministry as well as the government for not doing enough to get Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, jailed in Eritrea for the last ten year without a trial, released.

Anders Jörle was unable to disclose whether there will be a meeting between ministry officials and representatives for the Eritrean government during their time in the country.

“But if there is a possibility to meet representatives for the Eritrean regime, the ministry will attempt to do so,” Jörle added.

TT/The Local/rm

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

16:17 April 4, 2012 by mamoakie
Shameless youth group trying to take the side and thereby legitimize the acts of the tyranny; are not they even aware of their presence here in Sweden is meant to have better protection-a better place where they can live and work with out any single fear of presecution- that they had been denied of in their home country...You better stand againest the tyranny and dictatorial regime so that your fellows won't still keep on longing for fleeing abroad, due to the ongoing and massive violations of human rights, as if you were born homeless!!
16:31 April 4, 2012 by RobinHood
The Local: The headline is unfair and innacurate.

Just because a meeting takes place somewhere within the borders of Sweden does not mean the government of Sweden has organised it, or approves of the subject matter - as the word "hosts" implies.

Eritrae may be a repulsive regime, but Eritreans have a right to meet anywhere they like within Sweden. It is the government's duty to defend that right. If Eritrean born Swedish MP Arhe Hamednaca of the Social Democrats wants to live in a country where freedom of association is banned, I suggest she take a good look at Eritrae, where that sort of thing, and much worse, is the norm. She has chosen to live in Sweden, then she must follow the rules that apply in a democracy, not try and change Sweden into some sort of African banana republic.
17:13 April 4, 2012 by merhawie
Unfortunately this article is full of distortion. YPFDJ's mission is quite clear as laid out in the Eritrean National Charter and is based on the six goals therein. In that way it is completely transparent.

The activities involved in each conference are fully transparent to all members in attendance, however, like most organizations, non-members are not afforded full review of all materials. Clearly, if one wanted to see what was on list of activities one would have to register and attend the event, clearly the author has not done this.

To dislike an organization is fully within ones right in a liberal society, however banning such organizations is reminiscent of the regressive northern European parties of yesteryear.
17:53 April 4, 2012 by Wedsmera
The irony is, you have not even made the effort to hear from ypfdj organizers and let us know their part of the story. This is a biased story and looks part of the media attack on Eritrean community in Sweden, which we have been witnessing over the last few days from Expression newspaper as well.

A proffessional story would balance the information and not take side. Because of the arrest of a single man (dawit isaak, who is Eritrean), the whole Sweeden has beomce a hostage of this matter and busy tarnishing Eritrea and Eritrean communities with lies.

I say, be courageous and find out the truth about Eritrean Communities in Sweeden and activities of ypfdj, and not just repeat old stories.
18:38 April 4, 2012 by Trenatos
Sweden has laws about freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, we can't just try to remove those liberties when someone we don't like try to use them.

For the laws to be worth anything, they have to apply to everyone, not just people we like.

Now, about Dawit Isaak, if he is a Swedish citizen, Sweden needs to do something about the fact that one of our citizens is being held illegally.
22:44 April 4, 2012 by Uncle
What I seriously respect about muslims, is their unshakable support of each other.

Now if this post would be about a zionist organisation that has a camp for Jewish kids in Stockholm, this article would have 120 posts by now. However when it is discussing Eritrean government that by itself caused deaths and suffering of many muslims.... Government that openly supports Al-Shabbab - an organization that even the most ruthless salafist groups take a distance from (due to events of skinning people alive, forcing kids to murder their own family and making people slaves for the group) and most of all - an organization which kills MOSTLY muslims and not "Jews and Crusaders"; there are few posts.

Out of these few, MAJORITY actually expresses an unbelievable support of swedish liberalism and openness, which apparently halt to be valid when we are talking about SD, caricatures of Mohammad, israeli sportsmen who come here to play tennis.

Hell, liberalism should not be valid in any case there is a discussion of islamic terror and crime rates, as it is hurting the soft souls of the followers of this loving religion...

Apparently, supporters of a government that makes SS cleansing squads look like a bunch of catholic nuns lost in the woods, should have a right to meet and discuss the glorious operations that shall ascend upon the heads of western crusaders... Apparently the journalist expressed his hate towards the ENTIRE eritrean people by expressing his view of the event...

Mmm. This unity is impressing and actually it is quite fascinating how people who ran away from precisely such groups, defend these meetings so loyally, just for the reason that the discussion is taken in a european-christian-pigs media, while the europeans should STFU and gracefully accept whatever comes here from all over the world, without any right to express any doubts in anything that is arriving from there. As it is known that only good is coming from these blessed by Allah countries.
22:45 April 4, 2012 by DAVID T
This is what happens when you let them in
05:39 April 5, 2012 by rolfkrohna
Sweden seems to move towards a political anarchy that most countries has managed to leave behind them. People with non mainstream political view, usually called dissidents, are harassed and often physically attacked. Pressure and intimidation is used as a tool to make life difficult for them. These are just hallmarks of a dictatorship.
08:52 April 5, 2012 by robban70226
For good od bad laws about freedom of speech and freedom of assembly serves everybody,
22:42 April 5, 2012 by Patriotic
This is funny and shocking, Sweden media's became too biased. how come they write this kind of Article, which is totally untrue, and we Eritreans you call Our Government whatever you like, we will support Our Government to death. We know what is going on in this fake world and We know Our Leaders better than anyone. so we will stick forever with them.
00:11 April 6, 2012 by Ibrahim24
That is right, Swedish media has become too corrupt these days, it is funny to me that not even one media has so far exposed how the Ethiopian Gov. is sending and training people abroad who are trying to fool us by looking like Eritrean opposition groups and yet, work under total desire of Woyane. I have witnessed this in real event. As i have met many some people calling themselves opposition but are not connected with Eritrea either by blood or history.

We are Eritreans, We Never Kneel.

Love from Beijing.
13:11 April 9, 2012 by awash
what're these Youth Eritreans doing in Sweden, if their beloved government is really good? Why would their fellow young compatriots risk their lives in the Sinai desert, Red and Mediterranean seas? Why would their country biggest exports are refugees to all over the world?
17:19 April 16, 2012 by cabralb
That is right Awash!!! These government thugs are also trying to mess up the very cause of being a human.

Eritrea is the only country in the world without a constitution, period! Can anyone defend this truth of legitimize it in anyway? The story that follows in the absence of an agreed-upon constitution is simple and plain. tens of thousands behind bars for more that a decade without a trial, A massive out flow of youngsters, arbitrary killings and torture, and a regime busy protecting the bench.
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote
The Green Party is one of only two parties devoting their websites to the EU elections. Here campaign manager Emma Rung presents the party's posters. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote

The majority of Swedes feel the country's political parties are not doing enough to inform them about the upcoming European Parliament elections. Only two of the eight parties have dedicated their homepages to the May 25th polls. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping Brawl
Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'
The bridge that connects Sweden to the European continent. File: L.E. Daniel Larsson/Flickr

'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'

The Swedish agency that helps Europeans fight impediments to the EU principle of free movement has revealed an increase in complaints, including one from a foreign citizen unable to open a bank account in Sweden. READ () »

Eurovision 2014
Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip
Sanna Nielsen in the new clip. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip

Sweden's Eurovision hopeful Sanna Nielsen released the official video for the song Undo on Wednesday, a clip featuring leather, slow motion destruction, and a frozen pig's heart and some violence. READ () »

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service. READ () »

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'

Twenty-five fire fighters were on hand on Wednesday night when a fire broke out in a southern Sweden animal park. The vast majority of the animals were unharmed, but the cluster of spiders wasn't so lucky. READ () »

Sweden Investor group posts sharp profit drop
File photo: Simon Cunningham/Flickr

Sweden Investor group posts sharp profit drop

Swedish investment giant Investor on Wednesday said its first-quarter profits slumped by a quarter, underlining Sweden's vulnerability to international instability. READ () »

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 23
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
Advertisement:
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

720
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com