Severity: Warning Alert
Civil Unrest: Rival activist groups to protest in Berlin, Germany, July 31-Aug. 2. Increased security, localized disruptions, isolated clashes likely.
- Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 12:01 AM UTC
- Alert Expires: 02 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Event: Rival protests
- Location(s): Berlin (map)
- Time Frame: July 31-Aug. 2
- Impact: Increased security, localized disruptions, isolated clashes likely
Multiple activist groups plan to protest in Berlin July 31-Aug. 2 to denounce government restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Anti-fascist groups intend to stage multiple counterprotests due to the involvement of far-right groups in the anti-coronavirus restriction movement. The following actions have been confirmed and are likely to cause significant disruption:
- Anti-COVID-19 restrictions/far-right march from the Reichstag to Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, beginning 1730.
Protests against COVID-19 restrictions/far-right protests:
- Demonstration beginning on Unter den Linden at 1100, proceeding through various parts of Berlin Mitte and arriving on Strasse des 17. Juni at 1430 for a large rally
- Demonstration beginning at Gendarmenmarkt at 1000, likely to converge with main action
- Demonstration beginning at Bebelplatz at 1100, likely to converge with main action
- Demonstration at Lustgarten beginning at 2000
- Demonstration at the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism from 1000
- Demonstration at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz from 1200
- Demonstration at Monbijouplatz from 1200
- Demonstration at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe beginning at 1300
- Anti-COVID-19 restrictions/far-right protest at Platz des 18. Marz from 1200
- Far-right protest and anti-fascist counterprotest at Mauerpark from 1430
Further protests are likely at additional locations throughout Berlin July 31-Aug. 2; protests may be canceled or moved at short notice due to requests from authorities. Participation will vary but is likely to be in the thousands at larger actions, particularly Aug. 1.
Authorities will deploy additional security services to monitor the protests. Large crowds and associated security measures will likely prompt localized transport disruptions around all actions, with the largest disruptions likely in Berlin Mitte Aug. 1. Current COVID-19 measures in Germany place some restrictions on public gatherings. Police may attempt to move activists on if they are deemed to be in breaching these restrictions. Authorities will implement measures to keep rival activist groups apart; however, isolated clashes are likely should they come into contact. Bystanders are unlikely to be targeted in any violence, but would face a significant indirect physical threat.
Avoid all protests as a routine security precaution and to mitigate associated disruptions. Heed instructions from security forces and leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Check public transport schedules and traffic conditions for disruptions, and allow extra time for travel in Berlin July 31-Aug. 2.