Additional security forces have been deployed to the Wolayita zone, located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' region (SNNPR) as of Friday, December 20, amid the one-year anniversary of the Wolayita community's request for self-administration and regional state status, which has not been addressed by the government. Related protests have been held in the area, notably in the city of Sodo, since early December, indicating the likelihood of further protests on Friday.
Heightened security measures are expected in SNNPR in the coming days and additional related protests are possible. Violence between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Ethiopia, and particularly those in SNNPR, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to potential violence, anticipate heightened security measures and transportation disruptions near large public gatherings and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.