Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 12, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland


Subject: Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland

Location: Basel, Bern, Zurich, and various other locations in Switzerland (12 June 2020) 


Numerous demonstrations are being planned over the coming weeks in various locations in Switzerland over concerns about racial discrimination and civil rights in the United States.  Some events are expected to attract large crowds.

Demonstrations or marches are expected to take place:

·         Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Barfuesserplatz in Basel

·         Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Parliament Building (Bundeshaus) in Bern

·         Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stadelhofen district in Zurich

Additional impromptu demonstrations may take place in various locations.

While demonstrations in Switzerland are generally expected to be peaceful, they will likely result in traffic and public transportation disruptions. There will also be an increased police presence.

Actions to take: 

·         Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or demonstrations

·         Monitor local media for information about specific demonstrations

·         Follow the instructions of local authorities at all times

·         Keep a low profile

·         Be aware of your surroundings

·         Follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing


U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)
BernACS@state.govState Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs 
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+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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