Protest Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland

Location:        Bern, Switzerland

Events:        The Swiss Government has notified the Embassy that a demonstration against U.S. counterterrorism policy in Turkey will occur on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The protest will take place at 3:00 pm at the Kapellenstrasse, near the U.S. Embassy. Local authorities are expecting up to 100 demonstrators. Bern Police will be present and closely monitoring the demonstration.  At present, there are no indications of similar protests in other cities in Switzerland.

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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