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.
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.
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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