Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists demonstrating at Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 13, over COVID-19 controls. Additional protests likely.

Alert Begins 13 Sep 2020 02:01 AM UTC
Alert Expires 13 Sep 2020 02:00 PM UTC

  • Incident: Protests
  • Location(s): Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne (map)
  • Date: Sept. 13
  • Impact: Increased security, localized transport and business disruptions, clashes

Summary
Activists are protesting at Queen Victoria Market in central Melbourne Sept. 13, to oppose coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Police have reportedly deployed at the location and arrested several demonstrators. Authorities previously stated that any gatherings are illegal amid COVID-19 protocols. Additional protests are likely in other areas across Melbourne. Possible demonstration venues include Albert Park Lake, Fitzroy Garden, the Shrine of Remembrance, and Tan Track. Hundreds of people have participated in related gatherings Sept. 5 and 12.

Heightened security is likely across Melbourne, especially at possible protest sites. 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 occurred Sept. 5 and 12.

Advice
Avoid Queen Victoria Market and any protests in Melbourne Sept. 13 due to likely skirmishes. 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 popular protest sites. If violence occurs nearby, immediately depart the area and seek shelter at a safe non-government building. Heed all official security and transport advisories.


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