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When Emperor Haile Selaisse drove to St. Paul's Cathedral in Addis Ababa on Saturday there was little outward sign, part from a heavily armed bodyguard of troops, of the series of military mutinies that had flared up in various parts of his kingdom during the last few days.
First army units rebelled in Ethiopia's second city, Asmara. They demanded more pay but swore allegiance to the Emperor. Then the sailors of the Red sea base of Massawa and airmen at Debra Ziet outside Addis Ababa announced their support for the rebels. By Friday, rebellious police had seized control of Addis Ababa, the capital. A dawn to dusk curfew was clamped on the city.
Behind the scenes and Ethiopian aristocrat, Endelkatchew Makonnen, was trying to form a new government to replace the government that resigned on Wednesday. On Friday he was allowed by police to hold a press conference. On Saturday the curfew was lifted in Addis Ababa and the troops returned to their barracks. The troops in Asmara announced the end of their blockade of the city.