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To it can be traced the overthrow of one of the oldest monarchies in the world, the ultimately disastrous policy of socialist construction, and the current experiment in ethnic federalism. And yet, most assessments of the post situation in Ethiopia do not seem to be informed by an understanding of this backdrop. The project aims to fill this gap by writing a definitive history of that movement. I have already done extensive research on the subject, consulting both the secondary literature and the contemporary publications of student unions inside and outside the country.

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At last, when Iyasu failed to observe the important religious holiday of Meskel in the capital Addis Ababa , instead he remained in the predominantly Muslim city of Harar , they decided to strike. A number of nobles met 17 days later on 27 September, and convinced Abuna Mattewos to excommunicate Iyasu on the accusation that he converted to Islam , then announced on the steps of the Palace that Iyasu had been deposed in favor of Empress Zawditu.

The plotters had sent orders to Harar that Iyasu would be arrested, which went astray. Bahru Zewde states that Iyasu started to march on Addis Ababa, but his advance was blocked at Mieso by 15, soldiers and he fled into the Afar desert. Battle[ edit ] His father and most important supporter, Negus Mikael of Wollo , was slow to march south upon the capital and restore Iyasu to the throne, not moving until the middle of October.

Yet, when he did, the Negus crushed the troops sent against him. Afterwards, the then Ras Tafari stated that because "bloodshed among Ethiopians themselves is extremely saddening, I arranged that monks from the monasteries of Debre Libanos and Zequala However, the Shewan troops had been trained to fire their rifles in rows and from the prone position, allowing them to fire in quick succession "and felled [them] like leaves.

Negus Mikael was captured. The coup [of 27 September] was now sanctioned by blood. Dejazmach Gebre Igziabiher who had been a lukewarm supporter of Negus Mikael sat out the battle, but when the Negus surrendered and he attempted to flee back to Welo, the peasants of Aliyu Amba ambushed and killed him. When the Imperial army reached that town 10 December, he fled further north to the old stronghold of Amba Mariam , further away from the center of power.

Help Wikipedia improve by adding precise citations! October Learn how and when to remove this template message Picture description: The historic tableau originated in the ethnic tradition of Ethiopian artists and was painted with natural colours on canvas around by an unknown artist in Addis Ababa.

The painting is 83xcm and was made as a commissioned work for Hermann Neitzel, a German born journalist and farmer who runs a cotton plantation cooperative in Meta Hara, Eritrea. Even if it was merely an internal struggle this battle together with the battle of Adwa strengthened Ethiopias image as a defender of African independence.

You can find a similar tableau of the Battle of Adwa made about , coloured in tempera, in the British Museum in London. Even though the battles happened at different places both paintings use the same pictural figuration in the same landscape. Both paintings could be regarded as an inspiration for Africans around the world and could be seen as a symbol for freedom, not only for Rastas. Picture description by W.

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