Security Alert – Demonstration in Meskel Square and the Oromia Region (8 March, 2019)

Location: Meskel Square in Addis Ababa and the Oromia Region

Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of calls for a protest to be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Meskel Square.  It is unknown whether the protest has been or will be approved by Ethiopian authorities.  Protests have already occurred in many parts of the Oromia region since March 6, and additional protests may materialize.

U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid Meskel Square and limit movement around Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 10.   U.S. Government travelers have been advised not to arrive or depart Bole International Airport on Sunday, March 10, and U.S. Embassy personnel are also temporarily prohibited from traveling to Oromia.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

+251-111-306-000

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

addisacs@state.gov

https://et.usembassy.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Ethiopia Country Information

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