Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Opposition DMK party calls for protest across Tamil Nadu State, India, starting 1000 May 7. Localized disruptions, clashes possible.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu State
  • Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu State
  • Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu State
  • Madurai, Tamil Nadu State
  • Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu State

This alert began 06 May 2020 16:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 07 May 2020 07:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protests
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1000 May 7
  • Impact: Increased security; possible localized transport disruptions and clashes

Summary
The opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, with aligned minor parties, have called for protests throughout Tamil Nadu State early May 7. DMK leaders have organized the protests to condemn the state government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, especially against plans to reopen liquor stores. The rallies are set to begin at 1000 and will last for several minutes. Organizers plan to comply with social distancing restrictions by gathering in groups of no more than five and maintaining physical distance from each other. However, larger gatherings are possible. Protests are most likely to occur near state government facilities and liquor stores, though demonstrators could gather at locations throughout the state.

Authorities will deploy additional police personnel to monitor the demonstrations. Police will likely act quickly to break up any large gatherings that may form. Clashes between police and protesters are possible. Demonstrations could also prompt localized business and ground transportation disruptions.

Advice
Avoid all demonstrations due to possible violence. Confirm business appointments, road status, and transport reservations early May 7. Monitor local media closely for updates on protests and related disruptions. Do not attempt to navigate roadblocks due to the threat of violence. Heed all official traffic and security advisories.


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