US issues travel advisory against Ethiopia


Ethiopian protestors

The United States has issued a travel advisory against Ethiopia following the ongoing unrest that has killed hundreds of people.

The State Department on Friday urged Americans to defer all non-essential travels to Ethiopia due to the unrest.

”The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 8 and issued a decree on Oct. 15 that permitted the arrest of individuals without court order for some routine activities like attending gatherings and engaging with foreign organizations,” the State Department said.

An American woman was killed when her car was stoned earlier this month and foreign-owned factories and equipment were damaged during a wave of protests over land and political rights.

The anti-government protests have resulted in thousands being arrested and detained by the security forces.

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