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May 24th 2000


 

 

 

Asmara May 24th 2000

 

Around May 24th the Eritrean people celebrate their liberation (in 1991). And in 1993 99.8% voted "yes", for independence from Ethiopia. Those who doubt the referendum should visit the celebration around May 24th. We were there in the year 2000. We show you some pictures.

 

Celebration of the 9th Independence Day - Asmara - Eritrea

May 23rd 2000 people dancing and singing on Harnet Avenue,
Asmara. I took this picture only 60 minutes or so after arriving in
Eritrea. I went straight from the airport to the center of the city.

Celebration of the 9th Independence Day - Asmara - Eritrea

May 23rd 2000 Drama at Bahti Meskerem Square Asmara.
Photo: courtesy of the Eritrean Ministry of Information.

Celebration of the 9th Independence Day - Asmara - Eritrea

May 23rd 2000 - 9 candles, one for every year of freedom

Celebration of the 9th Independence Day - Asmara - Eritrea

May 23rd 2000 - Singing and dancing at Bahti Meskerem Asmara.
Photo: courtesy of the Eritrean Ministry of Information.

May 23rd 2000 Harnet Avenue Asmara (Cathedral)

May 23rd 2000 Harnet Avenue Asmara (Cathedral)
People attending the festivities (dance and music).

Our patience is our power of defence - Asmara - Eritrea

"Our patience is our power of defence". (Premises of "the Italian")

May 24th 2000 - Party tent near Harnet Avenue

May 24th 2000 - Party tent near Harnet Avenue

Harnet Avenue Asmara - May 24th 2000

Liberty Avenue Asmara, May 24th 2000. The sign in the tent reads:
"Hagerna bidemmna!" which means: "Our country with our blood!".
It is supposed to mean that the independence was obtained with a lot
of struggle and many gave their lives for it. Or as one Eritrean stated:
"We have a standing army of 4 million soldiers. Our whole population
is our defence force. They can conquer our land, but not our people!"

Congratulations May 24th 2000 - Asmara - Eritrea

In May and June banners like these can be found everywhere in Asmara.
This is the banner at the entrance of the Castello Restaurant Asmara.

"Congratulations May 24th 2000
with the ninth birthday
of the liberation of Eritrea."

Decorated shop windows - Asmara - Eritrea

Windows are decorated to celebrate independence, victory & peace.

Celebration of the 9th Independence Day - Asmara - Eritrea

Dressed to celebrate - Harnet Avenue Asmara May 24th 2000.

Mebrat Tzehaie, Hans van der Splinter & members of the Eritrean defence force

Mebrat, Hans & members of the Eritrean defence force May 28th 2000.

 

 
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