Activists to protest at Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 7. Localized transport disruptions possible.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 07 Feb 2020 05:32 GMT and is scheduled to expire 07 Feb 2020 13:00 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Melbourne (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1630 Feb. 7
  • Impact: Heightened security; possible localized traffic disruptions

Summary
Activists are planning to protest at the Department of Immigration on Lonsdale Street in central Melbourne from 1630 Feb. 7. Stand Together Against Racism, which organized the rally, claims that the government's recently introduced travel restrictions to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus are discriminatory. Dozens to several hundred people could participate in the rally.

Authorities are likely to increase security near the Department of Immigration and nearby areas in central Melbourne as a precaution. Localized transport disruptions are possible.

Advice
Exercise caution near the protest site Feb. 7. Plan for possible traffic disruptions; allow additional time to reach destinations.