The 83rd anniversary of the massacre of more than 30,000 Ethiopians in Addis Ababa was by Dictator Benito Mussolini’s troops during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War in 1937 marked today – a memorial service was held and flowers were laid at the Ethiopian Martyrs monument at Sidst Killo Addis Ababa.
Representatives from Addis Ababa City Administration and other government organizations, residents of the city, Ethiopian Patriots, Massacre Survivals were attending the ceremony which is held this morning.
The war was a race for European colonial powers to expand their territories in Africa. The Italian Fascists army massacred over a million Ethiopians on this invasion.
On February 19, 1937, on the second year of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, Mussolini’s military officer by the name of R. Graziani, was celebrating the birth of the Prince of Naples of Italy in Addis Ababa.
As he celebrates, two young Ethiopian patriots by the name of Abraham Deboch and Moges Asghedom threw hand grenades at him.
Graziani was hit but survived. In response, Graziani orders his troops to indiscriminately kill any civilians walking on the street of Addis Ababa. It is estimated that Graziani’s troops massacred over 30,000 in just three days in Addis Ababa.