• Short Summary

    Ethiopia's military rulers, who deposed Emperor Haile Selassie last Thursday (12 September); faced their first major problem on Monday (16 September).

  • Description

    Ethiopia's military rulers, who deposed Emperor Haile Selassie last Thursday (12 September); faced their first major problem on Monday (16 September).

    Openly defying a ban on demonstrations imposed by the military council, some 2,000 students from Addis Ababa University staged a sit-down protest in the road outside the main campus. They shouted slogans such as "Down with military rule" and "We want a People's Government" at soldiers facing them with machine guns and water cannon.

    There were no direct clashes between the army and students. But the demonstration was broken up by army-operated water cannon.

    Later, over 3,000 students assembled at the university football field and heard demands from student leaders to reject peace overtures by the armed forces. These, however, were outvoted by the majority, who agreed to receive a delegation from the new military regime and to state their grievances peaceably.

    The regime also faces opposition from teachers and trades unions. Coupled with the student unrest this presents a formidable consideration in a country where 90 per cent of the 26 million inhabitants are illiterate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAENJSQJ7QKG06BEMGBS10G3DS6
    Media URN:
    VLVAENJSQJ7QKG06BEMGBS10G3DS6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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