Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists plan to protest in central Hanover, Germany, Sept. 12, to denounce COVID-19 restrictions. Localized disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 10 Sep 2020 03:36 PM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Event: Protest march
  • Location(s): Waterlooplatz - Georgsplatz, Hanover (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1300 Sept. 12
  • Impact: Increased security; localized disruptions likely; isolated clashes possible


Activists plan to protest in central Hanover Sept. 12 to denounce coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Participants will gather on Waterlooplatz at 1300 and march to Georgsplatz, where they will rally from 1530; the gathering is scheduled to disperse by 2000. Anti-fascist groups opposed to the involvement of far-right groups in the anti-COVID-19 restriction movement intend to stage counterprotests in the city center on the same day.

Thousands of people have attended related events across Germany in recent months, and similar participation is possible Sept. 12. Although the gathering will likely breach current rules on social distancing, authorities are unlikely to attempt to disperse protesters if they remain peaceful. However, police are likely to prevent participants from gathering away from the agreed demonstration venues, and related security measures could prompt localized traffic and public transport disruptions. While the event is likely to pass off without major incident, isolated scuffles between rival groups of activists, as well as between police and protesters, are possible, particularly if the latter attempt to breach security cordons. Bystanders are unlikely to be targeted in any confrontations.

Remain alert in central Hanover Sept. 12 and avoid any demonstrations as a routine security precaution. Allow additional travel time if traveling near the march route the afternoon of Sept. 12. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Adhere to all social-distancing requirements.

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