The students of Addis Ababa's university sat around the campus on Tuesday and refused again to attend classes.
GV Students stand around outside university (6 shots)
MCU Student speaks to reporter
GV Guards outside prison gates pan to crowd
GV Pan from crowds to prison gates
GV Guards in prison area (3)
STUDENT LEADER: "The incident of Friday disappointed. On Friday."
REPORTER: "On Friday. The announcement of Mister Endalkachew Makonnen as Prime Minister?"
STUDENT LEADER: "Ah ... along with the shooting of the students."
REPORTER: "Well, how many students were shot?"
STUDENT LEADER: "Were shot .. so many. But ... that includes high school students and therefore the information I got will not be dependable."
REPORTER: "Could you explain again your position with regard to the Emperor?"
ANSWER: "I hope and I think these are one of the last days of his power."
REPORTER: "You want to see an end to the monarchy?"
ANSWER: "Certainly, yes".
Initials 0131/DHB 0154/DHB
The film includes an interview with a student leader by BBC reporter John Bierman. A transcript is given below:
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The students of Addis Ababa's university sat around the campus on Tuesday and refused again to attend classes. They had been boycotting classes for days in protest against the country's new Government. The Government, headed by aristocrat Endalkachew Mckonnen, was appointed by Emperor Haile Selassie in a move to placate the armed forces, which had staged a virtual uprising in support of demands for higher wages and the downfall of the ten-year-old Government.
The armed forced are now back in their barracks but the reforms came too late to stop an upsurge of civil unrest following massive inflation in recent months. As the students gathered to protest, the Ethiopian Labour Unions called for a general strike on Thursday to demand a substantial increase in wages.