Ambassador’s visit opposed

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MEMBERS of South Yorkshire’s Eritrean community held a noisy demonstration in protest at the visit of the Eritrean ambassador to Sheffield.

The group gathered outside Sorby House in Burngreave where ambassador Tesfamichael Gerahtu was meeting Eritrean expats.

The demonstrators, many of them refugees, were protesting about alleged human rights abuses in their homeland.

They called on the British Government to do more to protect genuine refugees but closely monitor supposed asylum seekers they claim are ‘agents of the Eritrean regime’.

A spokesman for Sheffield’s Eritrean Community Organisation said: “The Eritrean ambassador to the UK represents a dictatorship which has caused thousands of its citizens to leave the country to look for asylum and safety. Eritrean people - like Tunisians, Egyptians, Yemenis, Jordanians and Algerians - are well aware that dictatorships are not invincible.”