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meskerem 08-18-2012: Some Eritreans in Canada who oppose the Eritrean government and led by Ghezae Hagos have labeled the EPLF as a terrorist organization and have called for deportation or removal of all those who claimed to have been members of the gallant Eritrean People’s Army.
”As members of the EPLF (Eritrean People’s Liberation Front), they must have lied about their identities,” said Ghezae Hagos of the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba. Canada passed a law in 2010 making EPLF members inadmissible to Canada. The law says it is an organization “known to have engaged in acts of subversion and terrorism.”
Such accusation by Ghezae Hagos is likely to anger the whole Eritrean-Canadian community regardless of political persuasion as they consider the EPLF a heroic liberation organization that liberated Eritrea and consider those who gave their life under the EPLF as heroes and martyrs. All of Eritrea participated in the liberation of Eritrea and has offered its sons and daughters for the liberation of Eritrea. In labeling EPLF as a terrorist organization, does Ghezae recognize a free Eritrea that was liberated by these terrorists? To oppose ones government is fine but to label the heroes and heroine that liberated Eritrea as terrorist in order to be seen as opposing the government is wrong. It hurts me personally as I remember my loving kid sister Simiti who gave her life for Eritrea as a fighter with EPLF. It is very upsetting when one hears folks like Ghezae labeling and calling our martyrs including my kid sister, terrorists. It is not only a national issue but it is a personal issue to one and all who lost loved ones during the liberation war
Response By Ghezae