Thousands of people are reportedly protesting in the city of Hawassa located in the Southern Nation, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNRP) as of Thursday, February 21, to call for a referendum on self-determination. Further protests are possible in the coming days and weeks. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the vicinity of any demonstration.
Individuals present in Hawassa are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any large gatherings and demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities or their home government.
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