Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists plan to demonstrate in Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 19-20, against COVID-19 restrictions. Localized disruptions, clashes likely.

Alert Begins 18 Sep 2020 02:00 PM UTC
Alert Expires 20 Sep 2020 02:00 PM UTC

  • Event: Protests
  • Location(s): Melbourne (map)
  • Time Frame: Sept. 19 and 20
  • Impact: Increased security, localized transport and business disruptions, clashes

Summary
Activists plan to demonstrate in Melbourne Sept. 19 and 20 against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. While authorities stated that protests are illegal amid COVID-19 protocols, gatherings will probably still occur. Possible protest venues include Albert Park Lake, Fitzroy Garden, Queen Victoria Market, the Shrine of Remembrance, and Tan Track in central Melbourne. The actions will reportedly begin at 1200 Sept. 19 and 1300 Sept. 20; organizers will only announce the gathering venue 30 minutes before the start of the demonstrations each day. Hundreds of people have participated in related gatherings in recent weeks.

Heightened security is likely across Melbourne, especially at possible protest sites Sept. 19-20. Localized transport and business disruptions are probable during any demonstrations. Police may set up checkpoints along arterial routes leading into Melbourne to facilitate security measures. Minor clashes between security forces and protesters are likely; skirmishes and arrests have occurred in past related actions.

Advice
Avoid any protests in Melbourne Sept. 19-20 due to likely skirmishes. Seek updated information from local contacts on gathering plans and related disruptions. Plan for localized transport and business disruptions around 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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