ETHOPIA – The United States of America on Wednesday has announced a security warning for its citizen in Ethiopia alleging brutal protests and road closing in south of Addis Ababa, county’s capital.
“The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violent protests and road closures in and around Shashamane, approximately 250 km south of Addis Ababa.
“There are reports of casualties. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Shashamane at this time,” the embassy’s statement read.
The violent clashes had led to deaths and injuries according to a local media portal, the Addis Standard. They copied an official of the Oromia state government who affirmed eight deaths and 30 wounded during a wave of anti-government marches in some parts of the region on Wednesday.
Protesters requested for the discharge of important political leaders including Oromo Federalist Congress Merera Gudina and Bekele Gerba. They also asked for the release of people currently captured by the administration for political reasons.
The Oromia state – particularly the city of Ambo, 125km west of Addis Ababa, was the center of circulating anti-government protests that begun in 2015 until most of 2016.