At a time when reports from Italy confirm the occurrence of a serious incident involving Eritrean regime diplomats in Rome on 5 July following a regime festival, other agents of the Eritrean regime, including the Eri-Blood gangs of the so-called Young-PFDJ, are planning to hold another provocative festival in the Netherlands between 14 and16 July 2017.
In an urgent message addressed to Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on 7 July, the Eritrean People's Democratic Party (EPDP) asked the Dutch Government to ban the planned festival and deny entry visas to Eritrean regime officials, like presidential advisor Yemane Ghebreab ('Monkey'), who are suspected perpetrators of the still ongoing crimes against humanity. According to Italian news media, angry Eritreans seriously assaulted the Eritrean ambassador to Rome and his colleague, probably Yemane 'Monkey', in the night of 5 July following their participation at a regime festival in Italy. Both officials reportedly sustained serious injuries and are in a Rome hospital. Details on the incident are still incoming.
The EPDP memorandum referred to the right action of the Mayor of Veldhoven, Holland, on the 14th of April 2017 in banning Eritrean regime festival in his city on grounds of public order and security, and asked the Dutch Government to take a similar action on the provocative festival planned for this month.
The Eritrean regime festivals are organized by the regime agents like the so-called Y-PFDJ (youth wing of the ruling tyranny in Eritrea) which is in effect an instrument of intimidation not only against pro-democracy Eritreans and their supporters but also against high UN officials like Sheila Keetharuth, the Human Rights Rapporteur for Eritrea. 'Eri-Blood' gangs are violence-prone groups within the Y-PFDJ and are always at hand in the regime-organized festivals to threaten and intimidate anyone opposed to the prevailing tyranny in Eritrea.
The EPDP memorandum underlined the importance of past Dutch actions against Eritrean regime agents in the Netherlands and believed that those actions were good examples to be emulated by other European governments as discouragements to oppressor regimes. The message also commended the political positions held by major Dutch parties in the Parliament as well as the repeated rulings of Dutch courts against the antagonistic activities of the Eritrean embassy and its agents and hoped the Dutch Government will again this time take the appropriate action to stop the planned regime festival for 14-16 July 207.