Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists plan to protest in central Stuttgart, Germany, May 16, to denounce COVID-19 restrictions. Localized disruptions likely.

This alert affects Stuttgart

This alert began 14 May 2020 16:04 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Cannstatter Wasen area, Stuttgart (map)
  • Date: May 16
  • Impact: Possible transport disruptions, increased security presence, localized clashes

Summary
Activists are planning to protest in the Cannstatter Wasen area of Stuttgart May 16 to denounce ongoing restrictive measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). An estimated 10,000 people took part in a related event at the same venue May 9, and similar attendance is possible May 16. The precise timing of the event is unclear.

Although the gathering will likely breach current rules on social distancing, authorities are unlikely to attempt to disperse the event if it remains peaceful. However, police are likely to prevent participants from marching away from the demonstration venue, and related security measures could prompt localized traffic and public transport disruptions. While the event is likely to pass off without major incident, isolated scuffles between police and protesters are possible, particularly if the latter attempt to breach security cordons. 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
Remain alert in central Stuttgart May 16 and avoid the demonstration as a routine security precaution. Allow additional travel time if transiting Stuttgart Central railway station May 16. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Adhere to all health measures currently in place.


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