Hundreds of Ethiopians armed forces veterans marched through Addis Ababe to a rally on Thursday (18 April) and called for higher pensions.
GV & SV Demonstrators trotting through streets (4 shots)
SV Demonstrators seated outside Saint Gabriel's Church
GV & CU Speaker addressing rally
SV Demonstrators applauding
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Demonstrators
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Background: Hundreds of Ethiopians armed forces veterans marched through Addis Ababe to a rally on Thursday (18 April) and called for higher pensions. The demonstration passed off peacefully. But the weeks-old tension throughout Ethiopia remained high.
The armed forces were pressing Emperor Haile Selassie immediately to arrest members of the government sacked soon after February's uprising by the army. And in the civil sector strikes and protests continued for better working conditions, higher pay, and immediate government action to combat such social ills as the nationwide drought.
Later in the day, the new Prime Minister, Endalkechew Makonnen, announced that security forces had been ordered to confine to their homes former members of the government, while talks about their future continued between the government and the armed forces. The army has accused the former government members of embezzeling public funds and conspiring to cause disruption since being forced to resign by the February mutiny.