More than 5,000 Eritrean refugees marched through Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, on Tuesday (1 November) in support of the merger between the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) and the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front (PLE).
GV: crowd chanting numerous banners and flags.
SV: Eritrean leader, Isias Aforky addressing rally.
GV: crowd listening and cheering speech.
SV: Sudanese ministers listening ZOOM INTO Sudanese First Vice-President Abulgasim Mohamed Ibrahim
GV: crowd listening to speech of Isias Aforky
SCU: Vice-President addressing rally.
GV: crowd applaud Vice-President. (2 shots)
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Background: More than 5,000 Eritrean refugees marched through Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, on Tuesday (1 November) in support of the merger between the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) and the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front (PLE). Both groups have been involved in the fight against the Ethiopian regime.
SYNOPSIS: The march halted outside the Sudanese Socialist Union Centre(SSU). There EPLF leader Isaias Aforky told the refugees the decision to form a joint political leadership was not directed against any Eritrean group -- but against 'the enemies of the Eritrean Revolution.' The merger is the first sign of a solid anti-Government front in Eritrea since fighting began in the Ethiopian province 15 years ago.
The Sudanese First Vice-President Abulgasim Mohamed Ibrahim, hailed the agreement reached by the two groups as encouraging and he said his country supported the Eritreans in their struggle for liberty. Eritrean rebels have been fighting the Ethiopian Government since the former government of the late Emperor Haile Selassie unilaterally declared Eritrea as an Ethiopian province.
In spite of disputes on ideological and religious grounds, the two guerrilla groups, supported by a third -- the Eritrean Liberation Front Popular Liberation Force (ELF-PLF) -- have won control over large parts of Eritrea. in its first comment on the unification, the Addis Ababa regime accused the Sudan of interfering with its internal affairs by promoting the merger. A Government spokesman said the Sudanese sponsorship of the move violated the principles of the Organisation of African Unity.