Celebrations to mark May Day took place in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Saturday (1 May), and in the neighbouring Territory of the Afars and Issas.
Celebrations to mark May Day took place in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Saturday (1 May), and in the neighbouring Territory of the Afars and Issas. But during the Ethiopian celebrations one person was killed and three others were injured in clashes between troops and anti-government demonstrators.
A spokesman for Ethiopia's ruling Provisional Military Administrative Council (PMAC), said that 'anarchists' tried to create disorder among workers at the May Day parade.
In the trouble, thousands fled as troops fired over the heads of the demonstrators. The injured, and some of the people who were arrested, were taken away as the crowd regrouped for the official parade.
Earlier, the Ethiopian Head of State, Brigadier-General Teferi Bante, told the crowds that the PMAC favoured regional autonomy for the country's various nationalities. This, he said, was the basis for a solution of the conflict in its Eritrean region.
Ethiopian forces have been involved in a protracted battle with Eritrean secessionist guerrillas in the Red Sea province. The government maintains that several national groups are involved in the dispute.
The May Day celebrations were marked in Djibouti by parades. One was organised in the capital by the territory's opposition party -- the Popular African League for Independence (LPAI).
The President of the LPAI -- Hassan Gouled -- attended the parade before having discussions with a visiting group from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The eight-man mission arrived on 30 April to discuss the French-ruled territory's possible independence with various rival groups within the country.