Protests erupted in Addis Ababa and nearby areas as of Wednesday, October 23, in support of Oromo activist Jawar Mohamed. Online reports indicate that protesters have blocked several roads across and leading to the capital following a decision by the government the day prior to remove the activist's security detail. Protesters have also reportedly gathered around Mohamed's house in Addis Ababa. The Federal Police chief has called on police forces to take appropriate measures to disperse protesters and clear roads. As such, clashes between protesters and security forces are possible.
A heightened security presence has been reported in Addis Ababa and is expected to remain over the coming hours. Localized disruptions are also to be anticipated.
Individuals in Ethiopia, and particularly those in Addis Ababa, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to potential violence, anticipate heightened security measures and transportation disruptions near large public gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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