Ethiopia began celebrating the anniversary of the overthrow of former Emperor Haile Selassie by opening the new Revolution Squire in Addis Ababa on Friday (12 September).
GV & CU Construction work continuing on Square (8 shots)
CU Flags GV & CU Band marching through square
GV & CU Band marching through square
CU General Teferi Benti watching with other military leaders
GV Dancers and singers with General Teferi Benti watching (4 shots)
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Background: Ethiopia began celebrating the anniversary of the overthrow of former Emperor Haile Selassie by opening the new Revolution Squire in Addis Ababa on Friday (12 September).
September the thirteenth was the first anniversary of the Emperor's overthrow. The day is now called "Abolition of Feudalism Day" and a series of parades and marches were held to mark the occasion. The military government said the jubilation would "befit the historic victory of the long oppressed masses".
The Emperor was deposed on 12 September 1974. He died in disgrace about three weeks ago.
To mark the anniversary some two dozen new place names have been introduced to eradicate the memory of the Emperor, his family and friends.
The Chairman of the Provisional Military Government, Brigadier General Teferi Benti attended the opening of the Square which can hold 100,000 people, and will be the focal point of the anniversary celebration. Revolution Square was formerly called Maskal Square.
Addis Ababa's one million population has been swollen by thousand of arrivals from remote regions all intent on enjoying the anniversary.
Many foreign guests attended the Square opening which featured a military parade and gay traditional dances. The government also flew in 200 journalists for the celebrations.