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    More than a quarter of a million people turned out for a mass rally in Addis Ababa last Thursday (20 December) supporting the establishment of a government commission charged with organising a communist party in Ethiopia.

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    More than a quarter of a million people turned out for a mass rally in Addis Ababa last Thursday (20 December) supporting the establishment of a government commission charged with organising a communist party in Ethiopia. The Commission for Organising the party of the Working People of Ethiopia (COPWE), aims to install the country's leader Lieutenant Colonel Haile Mariam Mengistu at the Head of a strong Marxist-Leninist party that enjoys firm unity with the people.

    SYNOPSIS: The editorial of the daily "Ethiopian Herald" claimed the masses went to Revolution Square in spontaneous support for COPWE. Two hundred and fifty thousand came to cheer their leader Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu assumed power in 1977 after leadership struggles in the ruling revolutionary Armed Forces Co-ordinating Committee, known popularity as the Dergue. The Dergue is assisted in the main by two parties enlisting civilian and military support respectively. In addition there are numerous secessionist and breakaway political movements which to a varying degree work either with or against the Dergue. But is was the establishment of a single united communist party, with Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu as chairman, that speakers at Thursday's rally called for.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu underscored the importance of creating such a single communist party. The purpose of COPWE he said, is to evolve such a party that shall identify itself with the toiling people and provide effective revolutionary leadership by becoming part and parcel of the people."
    The Ethiopian Herald editorial called for COPWE opponents to be dealt a resolute rebuff. A reference to various anti-government forces engaged in bitter fighting with the Dergue over 3 years. But rallies like this one have been held over Ethiopia without incidence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZWAWJB3RE3VLDFKP4Q7GK5QM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZWAWJB3RE3VLDFKP4Q7GK5QM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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    N/A

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