Security Alert Demonstration in Meskel Square

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa

Event: A demonstration to show solidarity with Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa.  The rally is expected to be peaceful, but demonstrations or rallies that begin peacefully can sometimes change tenor.

This event is expected to attract many supporters from both Addis Ababa and the surrounding areas, and similar rallies may also be staged throughout Addis Ababa. These events could cause congestion and road closures throughout the city.

U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid this area on Saturday and limit their movement around the city during the rally to the extent possible.


Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.


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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