Several thousand demonstrators protesting in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 11, demanding Ayatollah's resignation. Heightened security, clashes likely.


Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 11 Jan 2020 17:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Violent Protest
  • Location: Tehran (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Evening Jan. 11
  • Impact: Increased security; possible localized transport disruptions, skirmishes

Several thousand demonstrators are protesting in central Tehran on Jan. 11, demanding the resignation of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei due to the initial attempts cover up Iran's responsibility in downing a passenger plane. Security forces have reportedly used live ammo to disperse the crowd. Injuries have been reported. The exact locations of the demonstrations remains unknown. Further demonstrations are likely in Tehran and throughout Iran in the following days.

Security forces have deployed in large numbers to monitor and disperse the demonstrations. Localized transport disruptions are likely. Further skirmishes between police and protesters are possible.

Avoid the area due to the potential for violence. Heed the advice of security personnel. Allow extra time if traveling through the affected area, Jan. 11-12. Remain indoors if possible.

Related Advice: Tips for reducing your vulnerability in the event of civil unrest.

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