Demonstration Alert: Social Media Calls for Rally/Protest in Meskel Square Oct. 13

The U.S. Embassy is monitoring social media calls for a rally/protest at Meskel Square on Sunday October 13, 2019. Additional details and the timing of this event are not currently available.

These types of events have the potential to attract many supporters from both Addis Ababa and the surrounding areas, and may cause vehicular and pedestrian congestion near Meskel Square.

Large crowds at rallies/protests and these types of events present prime opportunities for criminals. Additionally,demonstrations or rallies that begin peacefully have the potential to turn violent.

Please use sound personal safety practices to avoid becoming a victim:

  •    Avoid non-essential travel in the area of Meskel Square.
  •    If you are stopped by security forces, stay calm and follow instructions.
  •    Be aware of your surroundings.
  •    Monitor the local media.



U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Ethiopia Country Information

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