Security: Anti-US protests to take place nationwide across Iran from Jan. 3, following General Qassem Soleimani's death. Avoid all protests.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert affects Iran.

This alert began 03 Jan 2020 08:15 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Anti-US protests
  • Location: Nationwide (map)
  • Start Date: Jan. 3
  • Impact: Ground transport and business disruptions, increased security; possible clashes

Summary
Millions of Iranians are likely to hold anti-US protests nationwide from Jan. 3 following the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared a three-day mourning period to commemorate Soleimani's death. Organizers have announced a protest at Imam Khomeini Musalla in Tehran after Friday prayers, but additional rallies could take place at other prominent sites such as the former US embassy in Tehran, major public squares, city centers, and near government buildings.

Significant travel disruptions are likely near all protest locations. While protesters do not usually target individual Westerners during these protests, anti-US and anti-Western sentiment will be high. Clashes could break out if protesters fail to follow the orders of security personnel.

Background and Analysis
Soleimani, along with Shi'a militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, died in a US airstrike near Baghdad International Airport (BGW), early Jan. 3. Khamenei issued a statement vowing retaliation after the US Department of Defense confirmed that it was behind the attack.

Advice
Avoid all gatherings and rallies as a precaution. Allow extra time to reach destinations in major cities, especially near likely protest locations like public squares, government buildings. Heed the advice of security personnel.

Related Advice: Tips for reducing your vulnerability in the event of civil unrest.


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