The Asmara residents who observed the street performances inconnection with the 24th Indepen dence Day anniversary said that the popular participation is adding color to the celebrations. They also explained that thanks to the strong resistance and stead fastness of the Eritrean people the country is registering promising development, and expressed conviction to mount strong resistance against external conspiracies and realize the set out national development programs. The official Independence Day celebrations that commenced on 15 may are being highlighted with different activities in the streets of Asmara and in different Cinema Halls. meanwhile, cultural performances were staged at Asmara Theatre and Cinema Roma on the 18th ofmay as part of the celebrations of the Independence Anniversary. The plays in the Tigrigna and
Tigre languages featured on the occasion illustrated the unparalleled heroism exhibited by self-less freedom fighters during the liberation struggle; the comradely rapport that was the order of the day during those years; and the radical measures that were introduced to combat regressive social practices and values .