Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists plan to gather in Dusseldorf, Germany, Sept. 19-20 to denounce COVID-19-related restrictions. Localized disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 19 Sep 2020 09:58 AM UTC
Alert Expires 20 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Event: Protests
  • Location(s): Dusseldorf (map)
  • Time Frame: Sept. 19-20
  • Impact: Increased security, localized transport disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Protests to denounce coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related controls are planned in Dusseldorf Sept. 19-20. Activists plan to march from Johannes-Rau-Platz to Burgplatz at 1430 Sept. 19. The largest demonstrations are likely to take place Sept. 20, when activists plan to march from the Rheinwiese at 1300 through the city center. Supporters of COVID-19-related controls have planned a counter-protest Sept. 20 at Johannes-Rau-Platz 1430-1800.

Thousands of people have attended related events across Germany in recent months, and similar participation is possible at the forthcoming events. Although the gatherings 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 events are likely to pass 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.

Advice
Exercise caution in central Dusseldorf Sept. 19-20 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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