Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square

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Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square
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704RichardW2014
Christchurch, New Zealand222 contributions
Oct 2019
While getting around the city you highly likely to pass through this square.
If you wish to take a photgraph goto the foot bridge over the road where masses of people are reading newspapers looking for jobs.
Written 2 November 2019
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Samer A
6 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
A monument that could be seen in 6 Kilo street which could be seen through the to Entoto or Sheromeda
Written 18 January 2019
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Professional-Pilgrim
Alberta, Canada1 382 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Not easy to see, as the traffic circulating around it is usually very dense. You could risk walking across the flow, or use binoculars to observe the statuary.
Written 13 January 2019
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pancetta_11
Ravenna, Italy452 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
It is a pity that people tend to forget. Unfortunately even tourist guides lack deep history knowledge. The monument depicts people hanged and fired. These killings by the italian soldiers were certainly quite numerous. But as many killings were carried on by uncontrolled italian civilians; Slaughters continued for three days, ethiopian quarters put on fire, people stabbed or shot by guns. Moreover responsables for attempt against Graziani were not ethiopian, but two patriots from Eritrea
Written 17 December 2018
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Martha M
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Sep 2018 • Solo
Yekatit 12 Memorial
                    This memorial is at the center of 6 killo coming from 5 killo on its right side you will find Yekatit hospital,St.Markos church and Addis Ababa University/which used to be the palace of Emperor Hailessilasse/
Sidist kilo university/Former palace of Hailessilasse/was where the Italian fascist leader Grazzianni resides.Although,Italians came back well organized and manege to control Ethiopia for five years.And his majesty lives in London on exile.People of Ethiopia did not settle for the Fascist instead they were attacking Italians when they get the chance.
Yekatit 12 Memorial was erected in the memory of the people of Ethiopia/kids,pregnant womans,old ages and more/who were massacred by the Italians.
                Feb 1937..European calander it was the day Grazzianni son's
birthday celebrated.The two young men named Moges Asgedom and Abriham Deboch did throw bomb on Grazziani.That is when Grazziani order his troops  to kill any Ethiopian found on the streets of Addis Ababa more than 30,000 thousand innocent people were massacred.The streets of 6 killo were full of dead bodies,flood of blood.
               Unlike the the memorials in Ethiopia this memorial looks like the  Pentagon memorial in Pentagon city USA except this memorial has the statue of people suffering,king Hailessilasse with kids and more.
Written 8 October 2018
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Martin Z
Switzerland2 088 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
This monument and testament of Italy's cruel history in Ethiopia is situated in one of the most busy areas in Addis. It is unfortunately not well protected and difficult to access by foot, without risking to be mowed down by vehicles. Nevertheless, it is still worthwhile to see this place and think about the past events that have taken place in the 1930s.
History states the following: Yekatit 12 is a date in the Ethiopian calendar, equivalent to 19 February in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used to refer to the indiscriminate massacre, known as the Addis Ababa massacre, and imprisonment of Ethiopians by elements of the Italian occupation forces following an attempted assassination of Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, Marchese di Neghelli, Viceroy of Italian East Africa, on 19 February 1937. The Marchese di Neghelli had led the Italian forces to victory over their Ethiopian opponents in the 2nd Italian invasion of Ethiopia and was supreme governor of Italian East Africa. This was one of the worst atrocities committed by the Italian occupation forces and has been described as the worst massacre in Ethiopian history, period.
Written 18 May 2018
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 128 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
7 Months before the massacre of 30,000 civilians by Italian colonial troops in 1937 Mussolini sent the following order to Graziani, the marshall in charge posted in Addis

To His Excellency Graziani. I have authorized once again Your Excellency to begin and systematically conduct a politics of terror and extermination of the rebels and the complicit population. Without the lex talionis one cannot cure the infection in time.

It shows it was not an impulsive act of retribution after an attempt to kill Graziani by Ethiopian fighters, but part of a systematically planned brutal subjugation.

The white obelisk stands proudly on a roundabout in the midddle of Yekatit 12 square. The reliëfs show the massacre in detail. I found the depiction of Haile Selassi apparently teaching his troops that stand by and listen respectfully a bit odd. At the National Museum you see a similar set up in the garden. Very different from Tewodros leading the fight on the battlefield.
Written 24 February 2018
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Naturetraveller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates438 contributions
Aug 2017 • Business
this monument at the roundabout Siddist Kilo, is nice to watch. this is erected in memory of ethiopians killed by italians. its a monument to show how they were exploited.
Written 15 September 2017
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BenschF
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia111 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
When you are driving around the city you come accross this quare and monumnet nevertheless.
I recommend you park your car and take a break in order to see the details and understand the background.
Written 11 April 2017
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Zerihun M
Addis Ababa77 contributions
Mar 2017
This monument explains and shows suffering Ethiopian people during their struggle to resist the Italian 2nd trial to occupy the country. It reflects the scarification paid by many Ethiopians to keep the country liberated from colonial powers.
Written 21 March 2017
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