Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists to protest outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, US, 0900-1300 May 14. Increased security, localized disruptions likely.

This alert affects Lansing, Michigan

This alert began 14 May 2020 12:25 GMT and is scheduled to expire 14 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Michigan State Capitol building, Lansing (map)
  • Time Frame: 0900-1300 May 14
  • Impact: Increased security, localized traffic disruptions; possible skirmishes

Summary
Activists plan to rally outside the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, from 0900-1300 May 14. The protest is to denounce Governor Gretchen Whitmer's repeated extension of the stay-at-home order to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the measure is in effect through May 28. Hundreds of people are likely to attend the event. Police have encouraged demonstrators to wear a face covering and maintain 1.8 meters (6 feet) between each other.

Authorities plan to deploy heightened security measures to monitor the protest. Isolated skirmishes are possible if police attempt to arrest demonstrators or disperse the gathering. Demonstrators have armed themselves during related protests in April; police warned that any person brandishing a weapon in a manner that may inflict fear might be subject to immediate arrest. Localized disruptions are likely during the protest.

Background and Analysis
Protests demanding that state authorities lift business and movement restrictions have occurred in multiple US states since mid-April due to the measures governors have put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Most of the demonstrations have been peaceful and have not caused major disruptions. Similar protests are possible over the coming days and weeks, especially in states, cities, and counties with tighter restrictions on businesses and public movements.

Advice
Allow additional time to reach your destination if operating near the affected area of Lansing May 14. Heed the instructions of authorities.


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