INTRODUCTION Thousands of people gathered in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday (27 February) to attend the funeral of a trade union leader shot dead in the city last week.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Thousands of people gathered in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday (27 February) to attend the funeral of a trade union leader shot dead in the city last week.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Tewodros Bekele was chairman of the All-Ethiopia Trade Union, which was formed by the government last year. He and his deputy secretary, Getachew Legesse were shot at their office. Mr. Legesse was seriously wounded.
Mr. Tewodros was given a full, ceremonial funeral which lasted about four hours. The ceremony began in the early morning when thousands of workers and peasants gathered in Revolution Square. At ten o'clock his body was brought into the square and placed on a special flag-draped dais.
Several speakers paid tribute to Mr. Tewodros and they blamed his death on "paid agents of reactionaries." One speaker said that while Ethiopian workers mourned Mr. Tewodros, they took comfort from the example he set. That would be an inspiration and encouragement for all to strengthen the revolution, they said.
Mr. Tewodros was appointed chairman of the Trade Union when it was established. The government had earlier closed the Confederation of Ethiopian Labour Unions and arrested its leaders. The Confederation had become a focal point for criticism of the military government.
Mr. Tewodros had been involved in Ethiopian union for many years. He was instrumental in organising the Ethiopia's seamen's union after serving in the country's navy.