Travel warning issued by US Following Anti-government Protests in Ethiopia


The warning has been issued by U.S to its citizens to not to travel in the areas of Ethiopia where there have been anti-government protests.

The State Department has recommended its citizens to keep away from the areas where violent clashes between protesters and government security forces have taken place, especially Amhara and Oromia.

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Due to recent clashes, Telephone and internet services have been limited in the areas of Ethiopia, the statement said.

In the beginning of August, local and foreign media outlets have been stopped by the government from covering the anti-government protests.

On August 8 and 9, three foreign journalists were detained for 24 hours in the Arsi Negele area of the Oromia region, according to the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Ethiopia.

During the clashes, a reporter named Fred de Sam Lazaro with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was detained during his trip to the Oromia region .

De Sam Lazaro said, "There was no reason provided and we spent a couple of hours sitting in the police station in Shashemene and they essentially asked for our passport." Shashemene is located in west Arsi zone.

He told VOA, “He was horribly disappointed because we loved being in that country. I love Ethiopia because the stories are very rich, the narratives are very rich, and the culture is so rich and diverse."

"There's extreme paranoia about control and political upheaval and that almost invites more scrutiny," he said. Crackdown on civil society will only exacerbate the situation and raise more questions, he added.

"How have they been able to deal with the extraordinary ethnic tension that pervades the whole region? People are not happy, the Amhara are not happy. The Oromo people are not happy,” de Sam Lazaro said. “And where is the grand coalition that's supposed to build this country, this leader in Africa, which Ethiopia is by virtue of its sheer size? It's essentially shooting themselves in the foot in many ways."

Not long ago, security strengths killed almost 100 individuals crosswise over Ethiopia in three days of rough challenges, as per Amnesty International, restriction gatherings and neighborhood inhabitants. Security strengths opened flame on dissenters, activists say.

The Ethiopian government accuses the restriction in and outside the nation for sorting out what it calls "unapproved challenges by against peace powers."

As per an announcement by the administration correspondences office, a few nonconformists were conveying deadly weapons, including explosives. Restriction pioneers deny the charges, expressing that the nonconformists were quiet and unarmed.

The question in focal Ethiopia goes back to November 2015. Demonstrators restricted an administration plan to grow the civil limits of the capital, Addis Ababa, into the Oromia Region. Ranchers in the locale were especially vexed, stressing that it could mean a conclusion to their business.

The administration put the capital development on hold, and challenges calmed down — however the grievance did not leave.

Toward the beginning of July, another flood of challenges started, this time more remote north in the city of Gonder, in the Amhara Region, where the principle dissension is that three regions under the Tigray Regional State need to be reintegrated into the Amhara Regional state, spectators say.

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