A protest against the Ethiopian government during Irreecha festival, in Bishoftu on October 1, 2017. Since 2015, the country has witnessed successive waves of violent unrest in the ethnic-Oromo and Amhara regions. PHOTO | AFP
Shops were shut and roads deserted in parts of the capital Addis Ababa and in towns in the surrounding Oromia region, a hotbed of anti-government dissent since 2015.
Striking and closing roads are prohibited under the state of emergency, which was decreed on February 16 after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's surprise announcement that he would step down after nearly six years in office.