Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 22, 2021) 

Location:        U.S. Embassy, Bern and Downtown Bern

Events:         Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, local authorities expect up to 5 demonstrators to gather outside of U.S. Embassy Bern in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. In the past, similar demonstrations have been small and peaceful, however, please be advised of an increased police presence at the Embassy and possible traffic disruptions during this time.

Additionally, tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, local authorities expect between 200 – 400 demonstrators to gather at the Bundesplatz to demonstrate against the Swiss government’s COVID-19 policies. Additional impromptu demonstrations may arise elsewhere in Bern at this time.

As with all such gatherings, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. There will be an increased police presence however, you should avoid the area mentioned above and check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
Actions to take:        

·         Exercise caution
·         Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, and transportation hubs
·         Be aware of your surroundings
·         Keep a low profile
·         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)

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