• Short Summary

    The 80th anniversary of the Ethiopian victory over invading Italian forces at the Battle of Adowa in 1896 was celebrated in colourful style with a parade in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (2 March).

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    The 80th anniversary of the Ethiopian victory over invading Italian forces at the Battle of Adowa in 1896 was celebrated in colourful style with a parade in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (2 March).

    Brigadier General Teferre Benti, the chairman of the Military Administrative Council of the Provisional Military Government, reviewed the anniversary parade in revolution Square.

    The parade included crowds carrying banners, warriors in traditional costume and spear carrying horsemen in ceremonial dress. Some of the crowd carried a large map showing the site of the Battle of Adowa where the Ethiopians crushed on Italian army, effectively halting European expansion into Ethiopia for many years.

    Later, war veterans joined in the parade with singing. Chanting women and children joined musicians with huge drums which kept up a constant beat by a variety of ancient string instruments.

    Italian ambitions for Ethiopia started in the late 19th Century, and although the forces of the Ethiopian Emperor, Menelik the Second, were victorious at Adowa, Italian forces occupied the country from 1936 to 1941.

    Ethiopian newspapers recalling the Italian occupation, said that the anniversary should inspire the people to ensure their independence was safeguarded for all African nations and to liberate southern Africa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAABP8KVBSXWCBES9VUO4M8KEPP
    Media URN:
    VLVAABP8KVBSXWCBES9VUO4M8KEPP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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