Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists to protest COVID-19-related controls at Tan Track in Melbourne, Australia, from 1100 Sept. 12. Localized disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 12 Sep 2020 12:49 AM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Sep 2020 02:00 PM UTC

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Tan Track, Melbourne (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1100 Sept. 12
  • Impact: Increased security, localized transport and business disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Activists plan to demonstrate at Tan Track in Melbourne, from 1100 Sept. 12, to oppose coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related controls. The action will reportedly involve up to 1,500 people. Police have stated that the action is illegal amid COVID-19 restrictions; however, demonstrators will likely still gather in the area. Additional protests are possible at other locations across Melbourne.

Authorities have increased security around the area, including the Shrine of Remembrance. Police have also reportedly set up checkpoints along arterial routes leading into Melbourne to prevent activists from participating in the demonstration. Localized transport and business disruptions are probable; security forces could close streets, such as Domain and St. Kilda roads, near the protest site. Clashes between police and protesters are likely; skirmishes occurred during related actions at the Shrine of Remembrance and Albert Park Lake Sept. 5. Mass arrests may occur; officials have warned they will take action against any breaches of restrictions.

Advice
Avoid any protests in Melbourne Sept. 12 due to likely clashes. Seek updated information from local contacts on gathering plans, as organizers may not announce details in advance. Plan for localized transport and business disruptions around Tan Track and any other popular protest sites. If violence occurs nearby, immediately depart the area and seek shelter at a safe nongovernment building. Heed all official security and transport advisories.


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