In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa last Wednesday (8 February), the city's mayor, Dr.?
In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa last Wednesday (8 February), the city's mayor, Dr. Alemu Abebe, confirmed that a so-called "Red Terror" campaign has been waged against members of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party since last December. the Ethiopian authorities regard members of the party as counter-revolutionaries or the "White Terror" and numbers are known to have been shot in the streets of Addis Ababa, particularly after the midnight curfew. Dr. Alemu confirmed that counter-revolutionaries have been killed. but said the number of deaths was not nearly as high as the 750 reported in the Western press. The mayor also justified the so-called "Red Terror" by saying it had made the streets of Addis Ababa safe again.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Alemu's comments on the action of the Red Terror campaign here in Addis Ababa were made to a group of foreign journalists who were invited to Ethiopia by the authorities to be briefed on the situation.