The provisional Military Council, which controls Ethiopia, has been gathering together the treasures of the deposed royal house.
The provisional Military Council, which controls Ethiopia, has been gathering together the treasures of the deposed royal house. These are stored in a locked room at the late Emperor Haile Selassie's Jubilee Palace in Addis Ababa. The military rulers plan to put the treasures on public display when they have chosen a suitable location. A Visnews camera team was granted a unique chance to film treasures.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Jubilee Palace, built in 1955 to celebrate 25 years since Emperor Haile Selassie was crowned. And this is the coronation throne, a centrepiece of the collection of treasures. The throne not only commemorates that glittering, and now distant day, but has become a true historical relic: something which is unlikely ever to be used again. Haile Selassie wore his imperial crown only once -- at his coronation. And this was the coronation crown of Empress Lauditu-also worn just once.
Completing the array of coronation pieces is the former Emperor's orb, symbol of power that turned to dust when Haile Salassie was deposed in September 1974. The Ethiopian authorities have garnered the items from several palaces as the first step in a propaganda exercise.
The government wants Ethiopian citizens to observe the sumptuous trappings of the ancient monarchy in the same way the Soviet authorities regard the Kremlin in Moscow....as visual evidence of the way their royal rulers exploited the masses. Haile Selassie had lived in great luxury is one of the least developed countries in Africa. This drawing room, where he used to receive ambassadors, showed only a few of the treasures he accumulated during his long rule. Those baubles will be displayed here not as a spectacle, but as an intended lesson.