The decision by Ethiopia's military rulers to nationalise all urban land and "extra housing" was given an enthusiastic welcome by tens of thousands at a rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, at the weekend (Sunday, 27 July).
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Background: The decision by Ethiopia's military rulers to nationalise all urban land and "extra housing" was given an enthusiastic welcome by tens of thousands at a rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, at the weekend (Sunday, 27 July). The new land law will be put into effect on August 7th.
A government proclamation said that after the take-over, no person, family or organisation will be allowed to earn rent on urban land or houses. The one exception will be "co-operative societies of urban dwellers" which will operate within the newly-created Ministry of Public Works and Housing.
No compensation is to be paid for urban land but the Government has promised reimbursement for all the extra houses nationalised. These are the properties of the wealthy who from now on will be restricted to one house per family or individual, in the urban centre of their choice.
The huge crowd that gathered in Menelik II Square were in a gay mood. Some union groups and self-help organisations had decorated floats, and many others were carrying banners. They sang and danced as they marched through the streets to the square to listen to Ato Markos Hagos, the Provisional Chairman of the Confederation of Ethiopian Labour Unions (CELU). He told the rally that Ethiopian workers should not feel complacent about the achievements of the revolution so far, but must continue their struggle until final victory over the forces of exploitation and oppression.