Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Protest against COVID-19 countermeasures ongoing in the Cannstatter Wasen area of Stuttgart, Germany, May 9. Localized disruptions likely.

This alert affects Stuttgart

This alert began 09 May 2020 15:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Cannstatter Wasen area, Stuttgart (map)
  • Date: May 9
  • Impact: Possible transport disruption, increased security presence, localized clashes

Summary
A protest by activists against measures put in place to counter the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is ongoing in the Cannstatter Wasen area of Stuttgart, May 9. Thousands of people are currently at the rally, which features speakers and musical acts. Demonstrators are not expected to march to any other location in the city.

Increased security measures could prompt localized traffic and public transport disruptions. Isolated scuffles between police and protesters are possible, particularly if the latter attempt to breach security cordons or do not abide by social distancing regulations currently in place. Bystanders are unlikely to be targeted in any confrontations. Heightened security and minor service disruptions are possible at the nearby Stuttgart Central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) as protesters arrive and depart.

Advice
Avoid the demonstration as a routine security precaution and to minimize the impact of any disruptions. Allow additional travel time if transiting Stuttgart Central railway station the afternoon of May 9. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Adhere to all health measures currently in place.


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