Demonstration Alert: Bern Demonstrations (March 4, 2022)

Location: Bern, Switzerland


Events: Demonstration in Bern, May 3, 2022

On Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30pm until 6:30pm, the Kurdish Society of Bern will hold a demonstration across Sulgeneckstrasse from the U.S. Embassy’s Main and Consular entrances near the Florapark.  Approximately 80-100 demonstrators are expected to attend. Local police will be on location to monitor the scene. While authorities expect the demonstration to be peaceful, any demonstration can unexpectedly turn violent.  Monitor local media and avoid protest areas.  Certain traffic disruptions may be possible.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed from 5.00pm.

Actions to take:        

  • Exercise vigilance and heightened situational awareness over the coming days
    ·         Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, and
    transportation hubs
    ·         Be aware of your surroundings
    ·         Keep a low profile
    ·         Be prepared for potential traffic and public transportation disruptions.
    ·         Monitor local media:

o (German)
o (English)
o (German, French, Italian)

.          Maintain social distancing, follow hygiene requirements, and follow the Swiss crowd
limitation requirements
·         Avoid groups that are not following the security requirements and/or local laws
·         Review your personal security plans


U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)

 State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs 
+1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada)
+1-202-501-4444 (from other countries)

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health Hotline

+41 58 463 00 00 (staffed 24 hours in German, French, Italian and English)

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