The end of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, which was marked by the return of Emperor Haile Selassie I was celebrated for the 77th time on May 5th (Patriots’ Victory Day) in Arat Kilo, at the heart of Addis Ababa. The celebration commemorated the sacrifice of the patriots who lost their lives during the fight to put an end to Italy’s occupation in 1941, and was held in the presence of veteran fighters, and higher level government officials, including President Mulatu Teshome and Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Ababa, as well as the representatives of various international and regional organizations, and city residents. Thousands of Ethiopians and tourists crowded the streets to join in the festivities; and some major roads across the capital were adorned with signs celebrating the occasions.

During the fight against Italian troops for five years between 1936 and 1941, more than 15,000 Ethiopians lost their lives, as estimated by various historians. The war, which ended with a victory by Ethiopia with support from Great Britain, inspired other African nations to fight for independence. “Ethiopians were not the only ones who benefited from the victory, but also all African countries that were under colonial rule,” said Mulatu, during the celebration, held near the monument to the people who died during the war located.

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