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Ethiopia #253474

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 04, 1977
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(Studio) Ethiopia leader charges attempts to topple his regime. Seeks investigation at African summit. Internal strife in group that displaced Haile Selassie noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) Mil. socialism that replaced feudalism in Ethiopia spawns dissension and bloodshed. Lieutenant Colonel Mengister Halle Mariam emerges as leader Called volatile Marxist, supported by USSR . Raises large army, called People's Militia, 3000 strong. Termed largest USSR military venture in Africa to date. Actions in Eritrea noted. Eritrean Liberation Front and People's Liberation Front wage war for independence. USSR -slanted People's Revolutionary Party and Western-oriented Democratic Union also wage hit-and-run campaigns. Conflicts with Somalia and Sudan noted. Pol. organization noted. Unemployment problem cited; efforts to conquer it by relocation of urban unemployed to country noted. Opposition to military government grows. Death and dissent generally evident.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels

Daniels, Randy;
Rather, Dan

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