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  • Today in history: Mengistu Haile-mariam “fled” to Zimbabwe

    Lieutenant-colonelMengistu Haile-mariam was a popular army officer in Ethiopia who turned to be the most prominent officer of the Derg, the Communist military junta that governed Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987, and installed as ruler of Ethiopia following the country's 1974 revolution.

    He remained in power for seventeen years, and his attempt to mold the country into a Soviet-style socialist paradise plunged it into a brutal reign of terror instead. Ethiopia's government-sanctioned campaign of political repression resulted in an estimated 150,000 deaths, and Mengistu became known as "the Butcher of Addis Ababa" for it.

    In 1980 Mengistu announced the formation of the Committee to Form the Party of the Workers of Ethiopia, with himself as chair.

    Four years later a full-fledged Party of the Workers of Ethiopia was established, modeled on the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and again Mengistu was its chief.

    Fifteen years after his 1991 flight into exile, he was tried in absentia and found guilty of genocide. He remains in Zimbabwe, in a walled compound, but the legacy of the long and bloody rule under his leadership remain poignant in Ethiopian history.  

    Despite arguments have continued about Mengistu's flee to Zimabwe, however, there are people who still believe he is a lone patriot history showed on the land.  

    Short Profile

    Born in 1937 in Wolayta, Ethiopia; son of a soldier and a domestic.

    Family: Married Wubanchi Bishaw; five children.

    Education: Graduated from Holeta Military Academy, 1966; received advanced military training in the United States, late 1960s.

    Career: Officer with the Ethiopian army, after 1966; head of Ethiopian government, 1974-91; Armed Forces Coordinating Committee (Derg), member, 1974-91, and chair, after July 1974; Provisional Military Administrative Council, first vice chair, 1974-77, and chair, 1977-92; commander in chief of the Ethiopian armed forces, February 1977-May 1991; Workers' Party of Ethiopia, secretary general, 1984-91.

    Current Residence: Zimbabwe


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  • Ethiopian Restaurant Owner Killed In Targeted Shooting

    Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. A witness said the gunman, clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, approached Gitem and shot him multiple times.

    The shooter then fled. Police are investigating what they described as the targeted killing of the owner of an Ethiopian restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in south Nashville. He was first transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The witness added the man had light skin and a thin build, and he stood around 5’7’’ tall.

    "We were really broken," said Father Mesfin Tesemma, who leads the Ethiopian church where Gitem was an active member. "We didn't expect this to happen to him. He doesn't deserve to die like this. He is a very nice person," according to News Chanel 5.

    Mesfin said Demissie was a hard-working businessman who was well-known in the area. Mesfin said he sometimes put in 16 or 17 hours a day at his businesses.

    Demissie had lived in Nashville for more than ten years. He first opened Ibex Mart on Bell Road, selling Ethiopian groceries, including spices, fresh meat, and vegetables. According to Mesfin, Ibex Mart was the only Ethiopian grocery store in Nashville, meaning a lot of people knew Demissie and relied on his business.

    In January 2015, Gitem opened a second business, the restaurant and bar, where he was shot and killed early Sunday morning. Friends said Gitem had been working hard to sell his bar in hopes of taking time to travel home to Ethiopia to see his parents. His death has left many in the Ethiopian community fearing for their safety.

    "What happened to him means a lot for everybody. So are we safe here?" Mesfin said. "Those are the kinds of questions it raises in the minds of a lot of Ethiopians."

    Detectives remained on scene until sunrise collecting interviews and evidence. Anyone with information on this fatal shooting has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.


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  • 'Several killed' as Ethiopia police clash with protesters


    Several people are feared dead in clashes in north-western Ethiopia between police and anti-government protesters, amid a wave of unrest.

    On Friday police arrested dozens of demonstrators during massive rallies in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Since last November the government has been facing protests from the two largest ethnic communities over alleged human rights abuses and other issues.

    Authorities have banned demonstrations and blocked social media.

    Despite the ban, people took to the streets in several parts of the country for a third consecutive day on Sunday, Emmanuel Igunza reports from Addis Ababa.

    The worst violence took place in the north-western city of Bahir Dar in the Amhara region - the homeland of the Amhara people.

    Police used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse thousands of people who had blocked roads and chanted anti-government slogans.

    Unconfirmed reports say several people were killed. One resident told the BBC he had seen a friend being shot in the head by security forces.

    The Oromo protests and Ethiopian unity

    Overnight protests continued in the Oromia region, which surrounds Addis Ababa, with police arresting dozens of people.

    The unrest was sparked last November by a plan to expand the capital into Oromia. This led to fears farmers from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in Ethiopia, would be displaced.

    The plan was later dropped but protests continued, highlighting issues such as marginalisation and human rights.

    Oromo activists say police have killed hundreds and arrested thousands of people from their community in recent months.

    Source: BBC

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  • Teddy Afro’s VCD album releases this week


    (by Andegna.Com) Teddy Afro’s new music VCD that consisted ten music collections from live performances at Ghion Hotel in Addis and from around the world is expected to be released this week.

    The official release of the VCD was first planned to be on Monday, confirmed Ambassel Music and Film Production Plc, a company in charge of producing and distribution of the new VCD album, however, Ambassel said there is huge demand for the album taking the release day to be either this Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Although, the number of copies are not yet specified. Ambassel said it is making more copies of the VCDs.

    It was very recent that, we reported that, the artist is coming with a new music album and a book of his work. Teddy has been denied major concerts at home including the 1.3 million Birr deal with Habesha Weekly plc, an event organizer, for a concert which was expected to stage at Ghion Hotel in Addis recently.  (Andegna.com)

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  • Great Manchester Run: Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba win


    Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele won the men's race at the Great Manchester Run, finishing the 10km course in a time of 28 minutes and seven seconds.

    Kenya's Wilson Kipsang finished second.

    The result was mirrored in the women's race as Bekele's fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, finishing in 31mins 16secs.


    Source: BBC



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