Here's a nice roundup of what happened in Eritrea earlier in the week. It's still a bit murky, but what was reported as a mutiny or coup just seemed to be an organised protest, a mistake easy to make in an entirely militarised country. It's also the latest expression of what appears to be rolling instances of discontent:
By the latter half of 2012, more rumours were circulating of discord in the government about the state and direction of the country and the ups and downs of high-profile ministers and military commanders, variously perceived as pro-reform or rivals to the president. Indicative of declining morale, in early October, two air force pilots absconded with the presidential plane toSaudi Arabia, claimed asylum, and made a statement critical of their head of state. But this was just one, albeit dramatic example, of the tens of thousands of other Eritreans who fled during the year. The last unconfirmed rumour in November was that the stalwart Minister of Information, Ali Abdu, had also disappeared.
Defecting in the prersidential plane is kind of cool. Defecting to Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is kind of baffling.