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29 Oct 2019 | 10:36 AM UTC

Ethiopia: Demonstration planned in Addis Ababa October 30 /update 4

Ethiopia News Alert

Demonstration planned in Addis Ababa October 30; heightened security presence to be expected in affected cities over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Addis Ababa

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Event

Activists have called for a demonstration to take place in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, October 30, to commemorate those killed in recent protests and to call on the government to hold those responsible for the killings accountable. Protesters have been called to dress in black.

A heightened security presence is to be expected across the capital. Additional demonstrations are possible over the coming days. Disruptions to transportation and business are to be anticipated around demonstration sites.

Context

The Oromia regional police commissioner announced on October 25, that the death toll had reached 67 in two days of protests in the Oromia region, including 62 protesters and five police officers. Protests seek to denounce Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed following reports that police surrounded Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed's home in Addis Ababa and attempted to withdraw his security detail.

Advice

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 disruptions to transportation and business near large public gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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