Activists plan rally in Washington, DC, US, Jan. 16, following the killing of Iranian military leader in Iraq Jan. 3.

Severity: Warning

This alert began 15 Jan 2020 21:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Rally
  • Location(s): Washington, DC (map)
  • Date: Jan. 16
  • Impact: Increased security measures; possible localized traffic disruptions

Summary
Activists from several influential civic groups plan to rally in Washington, DC, Jan. 16. Protesters will gather from 1200-1500 at the intersection of First Street Northeast and Maryland Ave Northeast near the East Lawn of the Capitol building. Participants oppose the recent escalation of the conflict between the US and Iran following the US killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport (BGW) in Iraq early Jan. 3. The rally is likely to be well-attended.

Police are likely to deploy to monitor the rally and mitigate security disturbances. Localized traffic disruptions are possible near the rally site.

Advice
Avoid the protest as a standard security precaution. Allow additional time for travel near the rally location, Jan. 16.