March 07, 2019

International demonstrations are slated to happen for International Women's Day. Below are the alerts that have been released regarding known rally locations. 

Navigate to each of the alert updates below:

Turkey | Warning Alert: Women's rights activists hold unauthorized rally in Beyoglu District, Istanbul, Turkey, March 8. Expect increased security measures.

Lebanon | Informational Alert: International Women's Day demonstrations possible in Beirut, Lebanon, March 8. Localized transport disruptions likely. Avoid protests.

European Cities | Warning Alert: Rallies and strikes planned to mark International Women's Day in European cities March 8 and 9. Expect tight security, localized disruption. 

Mozambique | Warning Alert: Activists to march from Paz Square to Independence Square, Maputo, Mozambique, 0700 March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day. 

Cambodia | Warning Alert: Activists plan to rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 8, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Expect tight security. 

Philippines | Informational Alert: Activists plan rallies in Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Localized disruptions possible.

Brazil | Warning Alert: Activists to rally in major cities in Brazil, March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day. Localized traffic disruptions likely. 

Italy | Warning Alert: Major unions plan nationwide strike in Italy March 8 to support International Women's Day. Expect business and transport disruptions.

Latin America and Caribbean | Warning Alert: Activists in Latin America and the Caribbean plan International Women's Day strikes and protests March 8. Expect transport disruptions.


Turkey: Women's rights activists hold unauthorized rally in Beyoglu District, Istanbul, Turkey, March 8. Expect increased security measures.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location: Istiklal Avenue, Beyoglu District, District, Istanbul 
  • Start Time/Date: 1930 March 8
  • Impact: Increased security; localized disruptions, road closures; possible clashes 

 

Summary

Hundreds of women's rights activists are staging an unauthorized rally the evening of March 8 in the Beyoglu District of Istanbul. Activists are marching along Istiklal Avenue toward Taksim Square starting at 1930. Police have set up barricades to contain the event and have closed portions of Istiklal Avenue. Low-level clashes between police and protesters have been reported near Taksim Square.

Expect security-related and transport disruptions in the the Beyoglu District of Istanbul the evening of March 8.

 

Advice

Avoid the demonstration on the evening of March 8. Stay away from crowds of protesters and large concentrations of police; immediately move to a secure area in the event of violence. Allow additional time for travel in the vicinity of the demonstration.
 


Lebanon: International Women's Day demonstrations possible in Beirut, Lebanon, March 8. Localized transport disruptions likely. Avoid protests.

This alert affects Beirut.

This alert began 07 Mar 2019 20:03 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Mar 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Possible protests
  • Location: Central Beirut
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Increased security; localized ground transport disruptions

 

Summary

Women's rights activists may stage International Women's Day demonstrations in central Beirut, March 8. While no groups have announced specific plans to do so, protests could occur in Riad El Solh and Martyrs' Square, the scenes of previous rallies. On March 2, protesters gathered in downtown Beirut to denounce child marriage. 

Expect heightened security. Violence is unlikely, but localized transport disruptions are possible around potential protest sites.

 

Advice

If possible, avoid Riad El Solh and Martyrs' Square, March 8, as a precaution.


European Cities: Rallies and strikes planned to mark International Women's Day in European cities March 8 and 9. Expect tight security, localized disruption. 

 

  • Event: International Women's Day marches and strikes
  • Location: Major European cities
  • Dates: March 8 and 9
  • Impact: Localized traffic and business disruptions; heightened security

 

Summary

Women's rights activists and union supporters plan to stage demonstrations and marches in major cities across Europe, March 8 and 9, to mark International Women's Day. Activists in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, and Italy have called for nationwide walkouts March 8. The duration of the strikes and extent of participation will vary by country, though the labor actions are unlikely to be crippling since local authorities have guaranteed minimum services in public transport, public health facilities, and local administration.

Disruptions at transportation hubs, within public services, and at educational institutions are possible. Business and transport disruptions are more likely in Spain and Italy, where unions have called for a general strike. Public events, marches, and business closures are particularly likely in Georgia and Ukraine where International Women's Day is a public holiday on March 8.

The following demonstrations are likely to be well attended and have the potential to cause significant ground transport disruptions and increased security:

March 8

  • Athens, Greece: Klafthmonos Square at 1330
  • Barcelona, Spain: Placa d'Espanya and Gran Via-Entenca at 1830
  • Berlin, Germany: Alexanderplatz at 1400
  • Brussels, Belgium: Brussels Central Station at 1700
  • Kyiv, Ukraine: Olga of Kyiv Monument on Mikhailovskaya Square at 1200
  • Madrid, Spain: March from Atocha Station to Plaza de Espana starting at 1900
  • Oslo, Norway: Youngstorget at 1800
  • Paris, France: Republic Square at 1540

March 9

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dam Square at 1230

The following demonstrations could potentially be well attended and prompt localized disruptions:

March 8

  • Stockholm, Sweden: Humlegarden at 1800
  • Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Metro at 1600

March 9

  • Belfast, UK: Writer's Square at 1100

Smaller gatherings are possible in other cities. All events will likely occur peacefully, though low-level scuffles between police and protesters cannot be ruled out. Heightened security is likely near rally sites and along march routes. Authorities may cordon off certain areas or close roads. The marches and rallies could prompt public transit disruptions.

 

Advice

Allow extra time if traveling in the vicinity of any related events. Consider avoiding the rallies to mitigate possible disruptions. Monitor trusted local sources for updated information about road conditions. Check public transit schedules for possible service changes if large demonstrations occur. Confirm all scheduled appointments and meetings March 8 and 9.


Mozambique: Activists to march from Paz Square to Independence Square, Maputo, Mozambique, 0700 March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day. 

This alert affects Maputo.

This alert began 07 Mar 2019 12:19 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Mar 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Women's March 
  • Location: Maputo 
  • Start Time/Date: 0700 March 8
  • Impact: Localized traffic disruptions; increased police presence; possible skirmishes

 

Summary

The Women's Forum of Mozambique (Forum Mulher) will be gathering at Paz Square 0700 March 8 and march to Independence Square by 0930. The Women's Forum is marching to commemorate International Women's Day and to protest against domestic and sexual violence against women. Authorities have denied the group a permit to march citing disturbances to traffic; however, the Women's Forum intends to proceed with the event. 

Police will likely deploy to monitor the event. Given that the march is unsanctioned, police may use force to disperse the rally. Anticipate localized traffic disruptions in the affected areas. 

 

Advice

Allow additional travel time in Maputo March 8, due to the potential for localized traffic disruptions. Avoid all protests. If violence occurs, leave the area immediately.
 


Cambodia: Activists plan to rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 8, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Expect tight security. 

Activists plan to rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 8, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Expect tight security. 

This alert affects Phnom Penh.


This alert began 07 Mar 2019 17:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Mar 2019 11:00 GMT.

  • Event: International Women's Day rally
  • Location: Phnom Penh 
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Increased security, localized traffic disruptions; possible skirmishes

 

Summary

Activists from multiple nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are planning to rally in Phnom Penh, March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day despite the authorities' ban on the demonstration. Protesters plan to march from the National Olympic Stadium to the Office of the Council of Ministers, where they will submit a petition on women's rights. Organizers expect some 500 people to participate in the rally. 

Expect increased security around the rally sites. Security personnel will likely establish roadblocks to prevent activists from marching, which could trigger smaller rallies in other parts of the city. Clashes are possible if the police forcibly disperse demonstrators; mass arrests of protesters may occur. Expect traffic disruptions near rally sites and along the march route.

 

Advice

Avoid all demonstrations due to the potential for clashes. Leave the area immediately if a protest materializes nearby; police may not discriminate between demonstrators and bystanders when making arrests. Use alternative routes to avoid rally sites and allow extra time to reach destinations in downtown Phnom Penh March 8. 
 


Philippines: Activists plan rallies in Metro Manila, Philippines, March 8, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Localized disruptions possible.

This alert affects Metro Manila.

This alert began 08 Mar 2019 01:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Mar 2019 13:00 GMT.

  • Event: International Women's Day rallies
  • Location: Metro Manila 
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Possible tight security, localized traffic disruptions

 

Summary

Multiple women groups plan to rally in Metro Manila, March 8, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Reports indicate that demonstrations will take place at Mendiola, Liwasang Bonifacio, and Luneta Park, starting from 1300. Hundreds to a few thousand activists could take part in the rallies. 

Authorities may increase security around rally sites as a precaution. Localized traffic disruptions are possible, particularly in the event of a large turnout. Major security disturbances are unlikely, although minor skirmishes between demonstrators and security personnel cannot be ruled out.

Advice

Avoid the demonstrations as a precaution. Prepare for possible localized traffic disruptions around the rally sites.


Brazil: Activists to rally in major cities in Brazil, March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day. Localized traffic disruptions likely. 

This alert began 07 Mar 2019 21:10 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Mar 2019 05:00 GMT.

  • Event: Political rallies
  • Location: Nationwide (especially Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte)
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Localized traffic disruptions; increased police presence; possible skirmishes
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Summary

Women's rights groups have called for political rallies in cities across Brazil, March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day. While rallies will probably occur in most major cities, the two largest events will likely take place in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. In Rio de Janeiro, participants will gather at 1600 at Praca da Candelaria, just off Avenida Rio Branco in the city center. In Belo Horizonte, participants will gather at Praca Raul Soares at 1700 before marching toward Praca da Estacao. Thousands of people could attend the demonstrations; activists will also likely use the events to protest the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro.

Anticipate localized traffic disruptions in the affected areas. Police will likely deploy to monitor the events. Low-level disturbances are unlikely but may occur, especially if police attempt to disperse protesters or if Bolsonaro supporters decide to hold counterprotests.

 

Background and Analysis

The major theme of the demonstrations is to commemorate human rights activist and politician Marielle Franco, who was killed in an alleged politically motivated attack in 2018. Franco, a member of Rio de Janeiro's city council, was an outspoken critic of the violent police countermeasures used in the city's favelas (slums). Brazilian police allegedly kill more than 5,000 people per year, most of whom are Afro-Brazilians, making such killings a polarizing political issue. Other contentious issues, including Bolsonaro's proposals for pension reform and a Jan. 25 dam collapse in Minas Gerais that killed at least 186 people, will likely feature at the forefront of the rallies. These political themes may increase the possibility of violence during the events.

 

Advice

Allow additional travel time in major cities on March 8, due to the potential for localized traffic disruptions. Avoid all protests. If violence occurs, leave the area immediately.
 


Italy: Major unions plan nationwide strike in Italy March 8 to support International Women's Day. Expect business and transport disruptions.


This alert began 07 Mar 2019 13:57 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Mar 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: General Strike
  • Location: Nationwide 
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions; likely protests

Summary

A cross-section of labor unions in Italy have called a nationwide general strike March 8 in support of International Women's Day. The strike notice filed by the unions covers workers in every sector 0001-2359 March 8. Though not all workers will participate, the labor action is likely to cause significant transport and business disruption. Related demonstrations are likely in town and city centers.

 

Transport Disruptions

Workers on train services operated by Trenitalia, Trenord, and Italo will strike from 0001-2100 March 8, though regular services will be running between 0600-0900 and 1800-2100 to meet minimum guaranteed services required by Italian law. The action will not affect services on Le Frecce or the Leonardo Express between Roma Termini and Fiumicino Airport.

Public transport workers will join the strike on March 8 affecting bus, tram, metro, and regional train services across the country. Minimum guaranteed service requirements mean that most operators will conduct regular services during the morning and evening rush hours, though exact times vary between operator.

Unions representing taxi drivers have filed a national strike notice for 0800-2200; though not all drivers will participate, limited taxi availability is likely during this period.

Cabin crew at Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) will strike between 1000-1400. Alitalia, Sai, and Cityliner employees including Pilots, flight attendants, and ground staff will strike between 1000-1800. Airitalia staff will strike between 1100-1500. Some flights are guaranteed to run during the strike, an updated list of these can be found on the ENAC website. 

 

Public Sector

Unions representing education sector workers have joined the call to strike; many schools and universities are likely to be closed which could prompt parents to remain home to provide childcare. 

Public health sector workers will also strike March 8 nationwide which will cause the suspension of routine medical appointments; however, emergency treatment will remain available. Government agencies may close or offer reduced services on March 8.

 

Demonstrations

Strike-related demonstrations organized by labor unions are possible in towns and cities nationwide March 8; though in most cases they will prove far less disruptive or be subsumed by the International Women's Day marches taking place in cities throughout Europe on the same day.

 

Advice

Confirm all transport reservations and business appointments March 8. Check local media sources for up to date information on regional public transport disruptions. Consider alternative transport options to mitigate travel disruptions; allow extra time to reach destinations. Confirm all flight bookings March 8; do not check out of accommodation until onward travel is confirmed. Avoid all demonstrations as a standard precaution.
 


Latin America and Caribbean: Activists in Latin America and the Caribbean plan International Women's Day strikes and protests March 8. Expect transport disruptions.

The locations affected by this alert are: 

  • Mexico City
  • San Juan
  • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo State
  • Bogota
  • Buenos Aires
  • Santiago
  • San Jose
  • Panama City
  • Asuncion
  • Montevideo
  • La Paz
  • Quito
  • San Salvador
  • Guatemala City
  • Lima
  • Tegucigalpa

This alert began 07 Mar 2019 00:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Mar 2019 04:00 GMT.

  • Event: International Women's Day protests and strikes
  • Location: Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • Date: March 8
  • Impact: Localized transport disruptions, intermittent work stoppages; possible minor commercial disruptions 

Summary

Activists across Latin America and the Caribbean intend to strike and protest on International Women's Day, March 8. Organizers have called for protests in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. Women from other countries in the region, such as Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Suriname, could also participate in the labor action and congregate in central squares to protest. 

The largest demonstrations will likely occur in the following locations:

  • Argentina: National Congress in Buenos Aires at 1700
  • Brazil: Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) on Avenida Paulista, in Sao Paulo at 1600
  • Chile: Plaza Italia (also known as Plaza Baquedano) in Santiago at 1800
  • Colombia: March from the Centro De Memoria Paz Y Reconciliacion to unknown locations in Bogota from 1600 
  • Costa Rica: Parque Central in San Jose at 1730
  • Ecuador: Ministerio del Trabajo in Quito from 1600
  • El Salvador: March from El Salvador del Mundo (Plaza las Americas) to Plaza Civica, in San Salvador from 0800
  • Mexico: Angel de Independencia monument in Mexico City at 1500
  • Paraguay: Plaza Italia in Asuncion at 1600
  • Peru: March from El Campo de Marte to Plaza San Martin, in Lima from 1600
  • Uruguay: Plaza Libertad (also known as Plaza Cagancha), in Montevideo from 1800

Several hundred to several thousand people could attend the various demonstrations, probably causing localized transportation disruptions. Clashes are unlikely, but low-level confrontations could occur if police use force to disperse gatherings. Activists in some countries have called for women to cease work activities during business hours; however, it is unlikely that the strike will cause widespread commercial disruptions.

 

Advice

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


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