Last night two acts of violence and terrorism was perpetrated in the Streets of Stockholm and the television studios of SVT in Sweden aimed against the organised and law abiding Eritrean Community of Sweden simultaneously.
On Sunday evening the SVT program called the Agenda carried a documentary that was clearlydesigned to mislead the audience by presenting a biased and unfair report about the 2% dutySwedishEritreans pay voluntarily towards the reconstruction of their homeland. It did not evenattempt to act objectively by presenting other views. The aim of the program was clearly toterrorise people from participating in a legal and noble cause
A few hours later to this broadcast of the Television Program in SVT, three Eritrean communitycenters where fire bombed during the night in a simultaneous act of terrorism and violence in thestreets of the capital city of Sweden.
The Eritrean community center in Solna, the Eritrean Community centre in Husby and theEritrean community centre in South Stockholm was set on fire in the middle of the night and fireengines and police have been in attendance in the early morning of Monday 25th of February.The Eritrean community centers are the life and soul of the community where everyone gathersfor all forms of social life such as weekend school for children, women’s gatherings, familycelebrations, community meetings and all sorts of social functions. All three community centreshad functions until late sunday evening on the night the fire was started.
Police have already indicated that some people were seen acting suspiciously and people haveheard breaking of a glass around the Solna community centre. However, negligence in dealing ofprevious similar incidents that were reported to police has encouraged this act of terrorism andall law enforcement bodies should handle this series of simultaneous firebombing in the streetsof Stockholm as it was intended to damage life and property of Swedish citizens in the streets ofStockholm.
As the news is slowly reaching the members of community, children and elderly members areespecially shocked to see the venue they normally frequent in ashes and wondering what couldhave happened if anyone was inside at the time of fire, and they are asking why and how wasthis allowed to happen.
The Eritrean community in Stockholm is a well organised and engaged in their communitymatters and although this kind of incident is intended to create terror and panic among thecommunity and even wider area, the resolve and experience of the community will not be brokenby mindless criminals who do not have any care for the lives and property of the public.
What possible aim or motivation could anyone have for firebombing a public community centre inthe streets of Stockholm? is the question that is repeatedly being asked by every member of thecommunity currently, except to terorise and damage the community spirit of Eritreans.In the same token, what possible aim would a swedish television program has to misrepresentfacts in a documentary that is completely alien to the objectivity you would expect from suchinstitutions?
The Eritrean communities in Stockholm and elsewhere in Sweden has been a victim of thesemindless incidents by some individuals and media institutions for some period of time and hasbeen talking to the police and other law enforcement authorities to take their responsibilitydiligently. It has now reached a serious level where lives could have been lost and the Eritreancommunities can not take any more chances.
The last thing the Swedish authorities want in their hand is for people to take the law into theirown hands only because they fail to safeguard the security and peace of the Eritreancommunities in Sweden. The whole Eritrean community can not be held hostage by fewmindless criminals who are acting with impunity in the streets of Stockholm.
These are the questions that need answers from Swedish authorities immediately. The Eritreancommunity is a disciplined, law abiding, peace loving and hard working members of the Swedishcommunity and it will pursue its right of association and expression vigorously until we get justicefrom the Swedish authorities.
Eritrean Communities in Stockholm