From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Summary – information and advice about events on 26-27 September across the country and on 2 October in Oromia region

The Meskel (“Finding of the True Cross”) religious celebration will take place on 26-27 September 2016. Events will take place across the country with the largest in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa. Roads leading to the square will be closed from 1pm onwards on 26 September and celebrations will start from 4pm. Security presence will be high and there will be considerable traffic congestion and a very high volume of pedestrian traffic.

Demonstrations have been taking place in the Oromia and Amhara regions in 2016. In August 2016 there were violent clashes between protestors and security forces including in Gondar, Bahir Dar, and Debretabor in Amhara. There remains a heavy security presence in many areas. Further protests in Amhara and Oromia are likely.

On 2 October 2016 the Irreechaa Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated in Bishoftu, Oromia although the Oromo people will celebrate across the whole region. Further protests may occur in relation to these celebrations.

Protests may occur with little warning and can turn violent. Telephone communications and internet may be disabled and roads blocked. Monitor local and international news for further information. You should avoid large crowds and remain vigilant at all times.

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