Rallies and demonstrations to mark International Women's Day likely in major urban centers throughout Europe March 8. Disruptions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • London, England
  • Brussels
  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Istanbul
  • Lisbon
  • Ankara
  • Kyiv, Kyivska Oblast'

This alert began 08 Mar 2020 00:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Women's Day demonstrations
  • Location(s): Major cities (map)
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Increased security, localized disruptions likely

Summary
Women's rights activists in parts of Europe will hold rallies and demonstrations to mark International Women's Day March 8. Organizers have confirmed details of likely large demonstrations in the following cities:

  • Ankara, Turkey: March from Kolej Metro Station to Sakarya Avenue at 1400
  • Berlin, Germany: Rally in Leopoldplatz from 1400
  • Brussels, Belgium: Rally at Brussels Central Station followed by a march through the area starting 1400
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Rally in Barbaros Square, Besiktas, at 1600; March on Istiklal Avenue at 1900
  • Kyiv, Ukraine: Rally in Mykhailivska Square, followed by a march through the area at 1200
  • Lisbon, Portugal: Rally in Praca Luis de Camoes from 1500
  • London, UK: March from Whitehall Place to Parliament Square starting 1345
  • Munich, Germany: Rally in Marienplatz from 1300
  • Paris, France: March from Place d'Italie to Place de la Republique from 1400


Several hundred to several thousand people could attend the various demonstrations. Police will almost certainly deploy to monitor the gatherings. Large crowds and associated security measures could prompt localized disruptions near demonstration sites. Clashes are unlikely, but low-level confrontations could occur if police use force to disperse gatherings.

Advice
Consider avoiding the vicinity of protests March 8 due to the potential for street closures, traffic congestion, and security disturbances. Allow extra time if commuting to or from downtown areas in large cities with known rallies planned. Check public transit schedules for possible service changes if large demonstrations materialize.

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