Activists to protest outside the Ministry of Health in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1830 March 5. Tight security, disruptions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 05 Mar 2020 10:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Mar 2020 03:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Buenos Aires (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1830 March 5
  • Impact: Increased security, localized traffic disruptions; possible low-level clashes

Summary
An anti-government youth group has called for a protest outside the Ministry of Health in central Buenos Aires from 1830 March 5. The action is to protest the perceived negligence of Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia in the public health sector, after authorities identified the first imported case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, March 3. The event could draw a sizable crowd of political youth activists opposed to President Alberto Fernandez's administration.

Increased security is likely around the Ministry of Health building to monitor the protest. Low-level skirmishes are possible if demonstrators are overly disruptive or attempt to breach security cordons. Traffic disruptions are highly likely in the affected area for the duration of the action.

Advice
Avoid the protest. Allow additional time to reach destinations near the Ministry of Health on the evening of March 5. If violence breaks out near you, leave the area immediately and seek shelter in a secure location.

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