Obviously individuals in “the silent majority” category have different reasons why they are silent. The most common arguments out there are in the line of, “What’s in it for them?… I just don’t trust the opposition”, or ” It’s no use, we cannot win against the government.” People also point to the insignificance of the opposition in Eritrean affairs up to now. They ask, what is different about them this time? Another “successful” meetings?
“You can’t be what you can’t see”
Even though the reasons are many, I believe the majority are silent because they don’t see inspirational figures on Eritrean opposition – “You can’t be what you can’t see”. It is one thing to see a group of Eritreans aggressively protesting. People don’t have a problem with that. But usually people ask “who are the leaders?”. “A committee.” is not an accurate answer. I mean a committee is a group of individuals, so who are the individuals? What do they do? How much devotion to they have? How do they do it? Eritrean people need to see inspirational people within the opposition that they can relate to. We need to see people in action. We need people stories. There is a lack of a trusted figure or an activist who is selfless and who people can aspire to follow in their footsteps.
Quite the opposite actually, the figures we have of those freedom movements (aka opposition) are people who we have seen repeatedly fail (I do not mean they will continue to fail in the future).
Examples of Eritrean heroes and patriots, who have proven themselves sincere, are used by the government – portrayed as pro-government (ie pro-dictatorship). Now I know that is not quite true, none of our martyrs died to establish a cruel dictatorship. But the way things are, the government will continue to use them and their stories for its own benefit – how sickening. That’s why infant recruits of the government (be it NUEYS or Y-PFDJ or anyone with similar I.Q. ) are so involved and loud in politics . They have been shown figures they can try to relate to. Sincere people. On the other hand the ‘good ‘ average Eritreans who are sick of the government and wish well for the country can’t see any such examples.
Youth in my generation have never seen a trusted politician in action. The people we thought were heroes turned out to be cunning wolves. Is it any wonder we are too suspicious and many of us take it for granted that everyone is a wolf. I believe people inspire people, not parties. Do you Agree? please leave me a post.