A parade was held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday (6 April) to mark the 35th.
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SCU PAN General Teferi (centre) and other officers
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Background: A parade was held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday (6 April) to mark the 35th. anniversary of liberation from Italian occupation forces.
It was the second time that the anniversary had been held on 6th April. When the late Emperor Haile Selassie was in power, the celebrations were on 5 May - the day that Haile Selassie returned to the capital from exile.
In Revolution Square, the anniversary was marked by a parade of over five thousand veterans of the war with Italy.
Brigadier-General Teferi Bante - Chairman of the ruling Provisional Military Administrative Council - addressed the crowd.
He warned that Ethiopia was ready to defend its interests in North-East Africa if it were threatened. He referred specifically to the french territory of the Afars and Issas, where France is to hold a referendum on independence later this year. The territory's capital, Djibouti, which has been claimed by neighbouring Somalia in the past, is vital for Ethiopian trade.
He also urged the Ethiopian people to condemn the secessionist movement in the Red Sea province of Eritrea. "Dur revolutionary masses should raise their mailed fist against such banditism", he said.
SYNOPSIS: Ethiopia's Brigadier-General Teferi Bante attended a parade in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, to mark the 35th. anniversary of Ethiopia's expulsion of occupying Italian forces. General Teferi is Chairman of the ruling Military Administrative Council.
Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the anniversary. The Italian forces invaded Ethiopia in 1936 and occupied the country until 1941.
Over five thousand veterans of the war with Italy paraded before General Teferi and other members of the government.
General Teferi had earlier addressed the crowd. Referring to Djibouti he warned that Ethiopia was ready to defend its interests whenever they were threatened, Somalia has laid claim to the port in the past. France will hold a referendum on independence in the territory late this year.
General Teferi went on to urge the Ethiopian people to condemn the secessionist movement in the Red Sea province of Eritrea. He called the secessionists, 'bandits' and called for a united effort against such forces.