Megistu Haile Mariam came to power in 1974 once the Dergue overthrew the government of Emperor Haile Selassie. During his years in power thousands of people that were suspected Dergue opponents were tortured, imprisoned, or killed. This became known as the Red Terror. Ethiopians of all ages, gender, profession, etc. were targeted. The corpses were publicly displayed to persuade families to support the Red Terror.