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Haile Selassie: Statue of former Ethiopian leader destroyed in London park

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Haile Selassie was Ethiopia’s last emperor

A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London.

Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening.

The damage was carried out by a group of around 100 people, according to an eyewitness.

It appears to be linked to unrest in Ethiopia sparked after a popular singer, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot dead earlier this week.

Demonstrations following his death saw a statue of 19th-century leader Ras Makonnen, the father of Selassie, Ethiopia’s last emperor, torn down in the nation’s capital Addis Ababa.

Hachalu’s songs focused on the rights of Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group and he had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018.

Wimbledon resident Andrew Morris told the Press Association he had seen a mostly male group in the park, carrying fliers with Oromo slogans, while out walking his dog.

“I heard the statue being smashed up, but didn’t actually see it happen,” he added.

The Metropolitan Police said inquiries were ongoing and no arrests had yet been made after they were called to a report of criminal damage at 17:10 BST on Tuesday.



  1. The statue of the great grandson of Gudiisaa is desecrated now. Wait a minute!!! Isn’t Gudiisaa a Navajo name? Jeez, these Navajos are everywhere these days!!

  2. Haile Selassie was the only leader I knew who was an impartial and humane leader of Ethiopia. Forget Derg and EPRDF. They were beasts. The verdict on Abiy’s PP government is still open.
    Aside from the misused land holding system, in his time, anyone who had qualification of certificate and higher was guaranteed of job placement. Compare that with the current situation and EPRDF era. I know this because I was in higher education at the time.
    Inflation was unknown in those days. With five cents you could buy an apportioned piece of anything.US$1.00 was equal 2.07 Birr forever. You could eat injera and shuro wott for ten or fifteen cents.; injera and meat wott for twenty five cents.
    Whenever we went on strike demanding land be given to the tiller and withdrew from university, no actions were taken on us. They used to bring us back to make up our courses in July and August in a crash course program except in 1972 when we were expelled for one year. That was the way it was.
    The Oromo hooligans desecrated his statue in London and his father’s in Harar city only because they thought he was not one of them. As a matter of fact, he has Oromo lineage because his name is Teferi Mekonnen Wolde Mikael Gudissa.

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