I have met scores of Eritreans from tigrigna beher, and so far none of them had said they are part of the ethnic group in Tigray. They say the share certain aspects of life much like they share other tribes in their surroundings. The fact that 99.9% went for independence and their unhidden attitude towards Tigrayans says it all that these two are two separate entities that have never been one and will never be one.
I don't see an Oromo from Wollega showing attitude towards an Oromo to Bale or an Amhara from Gonder showing animosity to an Amhara to Wollo or Shoa. or an afar from Eritrea or Djibuti showing animosity to an Afar in Ethiopia. Not to the liking of Belaynesh and Revelation, Eritrean Tigrigna didn't want any association with Tigray people
So just because of what self hating eritreans say about their brothers in the south makes their claim true?. I thought you were smarter than that. Everybody knows about what the eri Tigres think of Ethiopian tigres but that doesn't make it they are two different groups. The delusional eritreans reminding me of some helf hating black americans who claims they have indian ancestry to avoid being called full blooded black.
The two groups are like the Amharas, who live in different provinces Gojam, Gonder and wello. They may have slight differences in their accent, culture etc, but over all they are the same people. Don't forget Gonder amhara thinks he is better than Gojame , wello or shewa Amhara and vice versa but they are not bitter with each other like Eritrean and Ethiopian tigres. Oh, and the wellega Oromos think they are the cream of the crop of all oromos.
Prior to Italy colonization of Eritrea their tigre brothers in ethiopia were the movers and shakers of eritrea, Eritrea was practically run but EthiopianTigres untill the Italians came to Eritrea and the tide turns in favor of eritreans .
I can understand the low lander eris claim having little or no kinship to ethiopian tigres. after all It was them who started the eritrean independence struggle while the overwhelming majority of highlanders wanted integration with ethiopia.