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(Ai News) – The horrendous stripping of civil liberties in Eritrea by the ruling party and the total control of citizens’ daily lives by the police state reached an acutely dangerous threshold when the government of Eritrea openly made its anti-religious stance one of the corner-stones of its repressive policies in April 2002. The Eritrean police state had already succeeded in co-opting the so-called “recognized” religions in the same manner that the Nazis had done in the Germany of the 1930’s. In 2002, the minority religions in Eritrea , even those that had been afforded a modicum of liberty during the Ethiopian occupation were illegitimated. Many of their leaders were picked up and thrown in the regime’s dungeons. Believers who were suspected of belonging to, worshiping in their homes, or conducting solemn occasions, such as weddings, are being hunted down and thrown in jail. …[Go To Full Story]