ETHIOPIA: The Creeping Coup

It was called the creeping coup.

Tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled through the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa last week, but despite a general curfew, few of the city's 725,000 residents seemed aware that anything unusual was happening.

No one was bothered except a select group of officials and aristocrats who were on a 200-name master list of wanted men. Soldiers stood guard at banks and at the airport—to prevent rich depositors from closing out accounts over $5,000 or fleeing the country. Radio and television stations were under military control, but no mention of the quiet takeover was broadcast. Aging...

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