Date: Friday, 04 August 2023
The festival, which will run from the 3rd to the 8th of August, boasts an array of enriching programs and activities. Attendees can participate in seminars, panel discussions, and lectures, focusing on diverse topics such as political affairs, development programs in Eritrea, human capacity building, technology transfer, and health-related subjects like diabetes prevention and treatment. Additionally, the concept of Pan-Africanism and Eritrea’s regional influence will also be discussed, stimulating thought and fostering intellectual exchange.
However, amidst the excitement, an unfortunate incident occurred in the early hours of the festival’s opening. A small group of Eritrean hooligans and individuals with malicious intent attempted to disrupt the festivities, engaging in violent acts and causing destruction. Law-abiding Europeans of Eritrean origin and Eritreans residing in the Scandinavian countries were targeted, and parked cars were set ablaze. These actions not only marred the harmony of the festival but also endangered the safety and well-being of innocent attendees.
The consequences of such behavior are grave and must be addressed seriously. The Swedish Government maintains strict laws against violence and public disorder, and those found guilty of such acts may face legal repercussions, including potential deportation from their countries of residence. It is crucial for the Eritrean community to distance itself from these individuals and unequivocally condemn their actions. Such behavior does not represent the values and aspirations of the broader Eritrean population, whose primary goal is to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and promote unity.
The Eritrean Festival in Scandinavia stands as a beacon of cultural celebration and a testament to the strength of the Eritrean community. While challenges may arise, it is imperative for all attendees to embrace the spirit of camaraderie, respect, and harmony, fostering an environment of inclusivity and celebration. By coming together, we can ensure that the festival continues to be a positive and enriching experience for everyone involved.
Let us unite to celebrate our cultural diversity and create a memorable and joyous 25th-anniversary celebration at the Eritrean Festival in Scandinavia.
Together in Harmony,