The 80th anniversary of the Ethiopian victory over invading Italian forces at the Battle of Adowa in 1896 was celebrated in colourful style with a parade in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (2 March).
GV Crowds in parade carrying banners
SV Brigadier General Teferre Benti (wearing glasses) clapping with other officers
SV Warriors in traditional costume mounted on horseback and carrying spears
TV PAN FROM Dancers TO Large crowd watching parade
SV Warriors on horseback in parade
SV PAN FROM Officers TO General Teferre Benti watching parade
CU Map showing site of Ethiopian victory over Italians at Battle of Adowa, being carried in procession followed by a cannon
SV General Teferre Benti clapping
SV Ethiopian war veterans in parade followed by singing women and children (2 shots)
SV General Teferre Benti clapping as crowds file past
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Background: The 80th anniversary of the Ethiopian victory over invading Italian forces at the Battle of Adowa in 1896 was celebrated in colourful style with a parade in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (2 March).
Brigadier General Teferre Benti, the chairman of the Military Administrative Council of the Provisional Military Government, reviewed the anniversary parade in revolution Square.
The parade included crowds carrying banners, warriors in traditional costume and spear carrying horsemen in ceremonial dress. Some of the crowd carried a large map showing the site of the Battle of Adowa where the Ethiopians crushed on Italian army, effectively halting European expansion into Ethiopia for many years.
Later, war veterans joined in the parade with singing. Chanting women and children joined musicians with huge drums which kept up a constant beat by a variety of ancient string instruments.
Italian ambitions for Ethiopia started in the late 19th Century, and although the forces of the Ethiopian Emperor, Menelik the Second, were victorious at Adowa, Italian forces occupied the country from 1936 to 1941.
Ethiopian newspapers recalling the Italian occupation, said that the anniversary should inspire the people to ensure their independence was safeguarded for all African nations and to liberate southern Africa.