Ethiopia commemorates 83rd anniversary of Yekatit 12 massacre

Yekatit 12 _ Ethiopia
Ethiopian Patriots during Yekatit 12 commemoration in Siddist Killo area. Photo credit : EBC

borkena
February 20, 2020

The 83rd-anniversary of Yekatit 12 (literally means February 20) is commemorated on Thursday in the capital Addis Ababa near Yekatit 12 memorial Statue in the Sidist Kilo area. 

It is the commemoration of the massacre of more than 30,000 Ethiopian in three days. Fascist authorities ordered the mass killings following the assassination attempt of General Graziani in Siddist Killo. 

Two Young men ( Abraham Deboch and Moges Asgedom) threw a hand grenade while Graziani was making a speech in what is now the Sidist Kilo area. Graziani was wounded but survived the attack. In the ensuing days, he ordered the massacre of Addis Ababa residents. 

“83 years ago today, invading Fascist Italy’s war leader Greaziani ruthlessly killed over 30,000 Ethiopians,” Lij Daniel Jote, who is President of the Ethiopian Patriot Association, said during the memorial service. 

“We have closed the case about that persecution,” he added, “with forgiveness. This generation needs to learn from it.” 

As many as one million Ethiopians were killed during the five years invasion of Ethiopia by Fascist Italy between 1935 and 1941. 



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4 Responses to "Ethiopia commemorates 83rd anniversary of Yekatit 12 massacre"

  1. rezen   February 20, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    QUOTE: “Greaziani ruthlessly killed over 30,000 Ethiopians,” Lij Daniel Jote, ”

    “We have closed the case about that persecution,” he added, “with forgiveness.

    “As many as one million Ethiopians were killed …. by Fascist Italy between 1935 and 1941.” UNQUOTE

    Humble Commentary, 20 Feb 2020
    How could the “ruthlessly killed of one million Ethiopians” be “forgiven” regardless of passage of time?

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  2. Melaku   February 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you thank you..The bravery and patriotism is indeed unbelievable. May God rest all the souls that made the ultimate sacrifice..

    Reply
  3. Abeshaw   February 21, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Let us all remember these two guys were of Eritrean origin who died for the independence of Ethiopia. Good old times of unity.

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    • wedi   February 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      with unlimited back stabbing Eritreans by ETHIOPIANS, we have learnt our lessons so neighborly is fine not unity!!
      Abeshaw take it from me, no Eritrea will entertain your dream or wish, trust me on this but lets have a respectful, win-win for both countries as neighbors.

      Reply

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