Briefing from ROAPE Volume 4 Number 8
Class & Revolution in Ethiopia

Class and Revolution in Ethiopia
Vol.4 No.8 (Spring 1977), pp99-108
The following are extracts from a book-length manuscript of the same title to he published later this year by RAPE. The book is dedicated to the ‘brave youth of Ethiopia’ many of whom, including Nega Ayele himself, have been butchered by the Mengistu regime. These extracts trace the rise of Mengistu and the development of the opposition to the military dictatorship which he now leads, spearheaded by the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Party (EPRP). Of further relevance to the current confrontation in the Horn is the author's analysis of power relations in this area, a brief extract from which is included here. With the adoption of a ‘Marxist-Leninist’ label by the regime and its increasing support from the USSR and Cuba causing some disquiet and confusion among genuine Marxists and progressives, the publication of this book and these extracts here will, we hope. serve to clarify the picture and emphasise the falseness of the progressive label attached to what is a violently repressive dictatorship.