Happy Memorial Day to my US readers. It's a holiday here, too.
For the non-US readers, today is Memorial Day stateside. It's a day to remember the fallen soldiers who defended us in our various wars, from the revolutionary war to the present.
For non-Ethiopian readers, today celebrates the downfall of the Derg regime. The Derg was the military government that ousted Haile Selasie in 1974. It quickly formed strong ties with the Soviet Union, wanting military aid for its conflicts with Somalia and others. By the accounts of my co-workers and others I talk to here, and by written histories that I've read, the Derg was a highly repressive regime, resorting to terror and circumvention of due process to quash it's political opponents. One co-worker was very vivid in his descriptions of dead bodies in the gutters as he made his way to high school. The Derg became more and more repressive and was finally ousted through military means by the current ruling party as the Soviet Union crumbled along with its military support of the Derg. That happened in 1991 on this date. Hence we celebrate the day by... not working. (At least most of us. I have a day-long meeting. Harumph.)