Huge Demonstrations Expected In Addis Ababa

Huge Demonstrations Expected In Addis Ababa

By Abdiqafar Bedel

Reports reaching our desk has cautioned people living in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be vigilant as fighting between two warring communities escalates. A huge demonstration is planned today that is feared to turn violent.  The American embassy in Addis has released a statement suspending operations and warning its citizens to exercise caution.

The statement read:

Out of an abundance of caution the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is suspending operations on Wednesday, September 19 in light of expected large scale demonstrations in Addis Ababa.

All visa appointments and scheduled American Citizen Services appointments are cancelled. American Citizens should make a new appointment via the Embassy website. Immigrant visa applicants will be contacted shortly to reschedule. Non-Immigrant visa applicants should visit the Embassy website to schedule a new appointment.

Americans requiring emergency assistance should visit the U.S. Embassy website for contact information.

Additionally, the American Center in Addis Ababa and the Satchmo Center at the U.S. Embassy will be closed tomorrow.

We encourage all those involved in the demonstrations to express themselves peacefully.