The proclamation of the Empire

1936

9 May

From the balcony of Piazza Venezia, Benito Mussolini proclaims the foundation of the Empire, in front of an oceanic and cheering crowd. Two days before Italy annexed Ethiopia, putting an end to a war that began on October 3, 1935, during which the Italian army, to break the resistance of the Abyssinians, also resorted to hypritis bombs, contravening all international conventions. The issue of war crimes committed by the Italian army against Ethiopian civilian populations, will re-emerge in 1945 when the United Nation War Crime Commission asks for a list of Italian billionaires to be tried for massacres, massacres and crimes against civilian populations.