Life is almost back to normal in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Adaba after the abortive attempt to overthrow the Government of Emperor Haile Selassie.
Life is almost back to normal in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Adaba after the abortive attempt to overthrow the Government of Emperor Haile Selassie. Shops have reopened, the streets are full, and civil aircraft are again flying from the city's airport.
At a press conference in the Imperial Palace Dec 20, Emperor Haile Selassie - speaking through an interpreter - was asked (SOF) about the aims of the rebels. He replied that their aim to overthrow the Government was largely a question of personal ambition.
He had told all concerned that he was willing to listen to any sound suggestions on the improvement of his administration, but they failed to give any better promises or development plans than those of his own Government.
He said that the revolt was apparently instigated by a very small group of bodyguard officers and minor Ministers. Those men were probably associated by family ties or by battles, and they constituted a small isolated group. The Imperial Bodyguard would continue as a force. The Emperor was sure that all the men were deceived by their officers.
Asked whether he had discovered evidence of Communist tactics or foreign intervention, the Emperor replied that he had no proof of this, but that he found their declarations confusing. He was investigating the matter but it would take time.
He said that all captured rebels, including civilians, would be brought before a court martial. Crown Prince Asfa Wassen was called to the Palace and told that his mother was ill - "and there he was captured with other members of the royal family."