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Title:'Yekaktit 12' revisited: new light on the strike against Graziani
Author:Campbell, IanISNI
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 0304-2243)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
political history
covert operations
About person:Hayla Selasse I, emperor of Ethiopia (1892-1975)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41988224
Abstract:One of the topics substantially unexplored in contemporary Ethiopian history is the alleged connection between the monastery of Debre Libanos of Shewa and the 1937 attack on Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani in Addis Ababa, popularly known as 'Yekaktit 12'. This event triggered massacres in both Addis Ababa and Debre Libanos. Two young men named Abriha Deboch and Moges Asgedom, both active members of the Hermannsburg Mission group, reportedly fled to the monastery after throwing bombs at the Viceroy, leading the Italians to accuse the clergy and monks of complicity in the attack. The present paper concludes that 'Yekaktit 12' was a complex affair involving a caucus of high officials of the former Ethiopian government responding to the needs of the Emperor (Haile Selassie) in exile, who was losing ground in his dealings with the League of Nations. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]