Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists to protest in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 12 to denounce COVID-19 restrictions; localized disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 10 Sep 2020 03:55 PM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Place des Nations, Geneva (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1500 Sept. 12
  • Impact: Heightened security; localized disruptions likely

Summary
Activists plan to protest in central Geneva Sept. 12 to denounce restrictive measures related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Participants will gather on Place des Nations 1500-1700. Attendance could reach the hundreds or low thousands, and counterprotests are also possible in the vicinity. 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 Geneva the afternoon of Sept. 12 and avoid any demonstrations as a routine security precaution. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation.


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