Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of deaths related to demonstrations near Addis Ababa.  We are aware of reports that vehicular traffic may be a target of protesters.  The Embassy refers U.S. citizens to the current Travel Alert for Ethiopia issued August 19, 2016.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Ethiopia to increase their level of situational awareness, continuously assess their surroundings, and evaluate their personal level of safety and avoid demonstrations or large gatherings.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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