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Flags for sale

Ethiopian flags are everywhere today.Not just in the usual places like government buidings.They are literally everywhere.They can be seen on cars, clothes, glassware.

It is a National Flag Day proposed by the government. People in Addis seem to be amused by the government’s new-found patriotism.They have no problem embracing it but still suspicious about the real motives. 

Two young merchants in Megenagna and Piassa offering flags for sale.

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  1. anon
    July 5, 2008 at 4:10 pm


    Many active in today’s politics and those living abroad refuse to wave “weyane” flag. Instead these prefer the old imperial flag (with the Lion) or simply the plain one.

    The minority government’s current occupation with “flag day” is a symptom of its desperation as well as a strategy to popularize its nationalistic image. The problem is that Ethiopians have long memory and remember well the minority government’s initial statement that the Ethiopian flag is but a piece of rag fit for retailed salt.

  2. Dr. Ethiopia
    July 8, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I agree to an extent the suspicion with which people are approaching these new-found patriotism. But guess what? It all boils down to, “Is it agood idea or the right thing to do?” And i must say yes.

    Let’s go fot it, give us more days like this, that will be here long after governments have come and gone.

  3. Sen
    July 9, 2008 at 6:55 am

    There is a diffrence bewtween a woyane flag and an Ethiopian flag.
    The first one belongs to one that sells land to foregin country.

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