Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists to protest in Zurich, Switzerland, 1700-1900 Aug. 29 to denounce COVID-19 restrictions; localized disruptions likely.

  • Alert Begins: 29 Aug 2020 12:01 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 29 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Helvetiaplatz, Zurich (map)
  • Time Frame: 1700-1900 Aug. 29
  • Impact: Heightened security; localized disruptions likely

Summary
Activists are planning to protest in central Zurich Aug. 29 to denounce restrictive measures related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Participants will gather on Helvetiaplatz between 1700-1900. Around 500 people are expected to attend and several groups have announced their intention to hold nearby counterprotests. Although the demonstration has received police approval, related security measures intended to keep rival activists apart could prompt traffic and public transport disruptions.

Authorities are unlikely to attempt to disperse the event if it remains peaceful. While the event is likely to pass off without major incident, isolated scuffles between police and protesters are possible, particularly if the latter attempt to breach security cordons. Bystanders are unlikely to be targeted in any confrontations.

Advice
Remain alert in central Zurich on the afternoon and evening of Aug. 29 and avoid any demonstrations as a routine security precaution. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation.


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