Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists plan to gather at Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, Sept. 12, to denounce COVID-19 restrictions. Localized disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 12 Sep 2020 12:00 PM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Sep 2020 07:00 PM UTC

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Theresienwiese, Munich (map)
  • Time Frame: 1500-1930 Sept. 12
  • Impact: Increased security, localized transport disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Activists plan to gather at Theresienwiese in central Munich Sept. 12 to denounce coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related controls. Officials have placed limits on the demonstration amid COVID-19 restrictions; the protest can only occur 1500-1930 with up to 1,000 participants. Authorities have also denied organizers permission to march in the city. Counterprotests are possible.

Although the gathering will likely breach current social distancing rules, authorities are unlikely to disperse protesters if they remain peaceful. However, police will probably prevent participants from marching or gathering away from the assigned demonstration venue. 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.

Advice
Exercise caution in central Munich Sept. 12 and avoid any demonstrations due to possible clashes. Allow additional time to reach destinations in the city center. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Heed instructions from authorities and adhere to all social-distancing requirements.


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