Posts Tagged ‘Getachew Maru’

The death of a revolutionary

July 26, 2013 28 comments

Getachew Maru

Getachew Maru

On June 1977 a young man who represented one possible future for Ethiopia left his friend’s house in Asko area and headed to Haya Hulet Mazoria to meet members of his party. His host had an eerie feeling and advised him to take a gun with him. However, he was not happy about the suggestion. “How can I bring a gun with me when I am going to see comrades?” he asked. Getachew Maru— a former engineering student at the then Haile Selassie University (now Addis Ababa University), — had led the University Students’ Union of Addis Ababa (USUAA) as secretary general in 1971, for a few months. He later formed with like-minded friends Abyot group which was incorporated into the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP), the best-supported party among the intelligentsia at the time.
In August 1976, Getachew joined the central committee of the EPRP and served as the editor of Red Star, the internal organ of the party.Only twenty-seven but as a writer, orator, strategist of revolutionary insurrection, he already represented the summit of socialist politics and culture of the time. Read more…


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