Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists plan to hold a protest in Topeka, Kan., US, April 23 to demand authorities to lift restrictions on businesses.

This alert affects Topeka, Kansas

This alert began 23 Apr 2020 10:07 GMT and is scheduled to expire 23 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Topeka, Kan. (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1200 April 23
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, heightened security

Summary
Activists associated with the organization Open Up Kansas plan to hold a protest in Topeka, Kansas, from 1200 April 23 to demand state authorities to lift business restrictions, which are currently in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Demonstrators intend to remain inside their cars and drive around the Kansas State Capitol.

Hundreds are likely to participate in the event, which is likely to cause transport and business disruptions, especially around downtown Topeka. Heightened security is likely around the Kansas State Capitol. Similar events have occurred in other state capitals throughout the US without major disruptions or violence; however, skirmishes between protesters and police are possible.

Advice
Allow additional time to reach destinations if operating in Topeka April 23. Heed the instructions of authorities.