INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY PROTESTS ACROSS EUROPE
International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in most countries and often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on May 1st.
Various groups organise demonstrations to commemorate workers day.
GERMANY - More than 40 protests are registered in multiple cities across Germany. Major demonstrations will be held in Berlin, where a significant police presence is expected.
FRANCE - The largest demonstration will likely take place in Paris, where activists will march from Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation from 14:00
UNITED KINGDOM - Anti lockdown and "Kill the bill" protests are expected in bigger cities across the United Kingdom
In several European cities, we are expecting non-violent protests, but be aware some demonstrations have resulted in violence and/or looting. Even protests which are intended to be peaceful can become violent.
For more information about how to stay safe, please see our safety ADVISORY.
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Safety Advisory - Protest
If you are in the area of the incident, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.
Some protests have resulted in violence and/or looting. Even protests which are intended to be peaceful can become violent.
What can go wrong
- Noise can make communication difficult
- Communication can fail
- Group of people can be there because of the wrong reasons
- Police can use force
- Police can you the pepper spray
- Group of people who do not think the same as you and other protesters can attack you
How to stay safe
- If you hear that a demonstration is taking place, avoid the area or stay in your accommodation until you are sure that it is safe to go out
- Establish where the demonstration has taken place, and if possible, avoid the area
- If you come across a demonstration, do not become inquisitive, just leave the area and find another route to your intended destination
- Do not run
- Be calm and focused: when things get most intense, react to danger or warning signs
- Know your rights
- Avoid direct police contact
Interacting with the police
- If you are stopped by the police, be calm and cooperate. They are not enemies
- In case you are arrested, do not argue with the police. Know your right, and ask for a lawyer immediately
- If your friend or family members is in a clash with the police do not confront them. Try to be calm, and ask them to move back from the police. Be the voice of reason
- If you need emergency assistance, calmly approach to police and ask them for help
- If you are attending to protest write down emergency numbers.
- Always inform your friends or family members that you are going to protest
- If protest escalates, immediately find a safe space.
- Remember, it's not about you. Maybe you are angry, but the act of violence is not an answer
- For your safety, always be accompanied by a minimum of one person
- Be aware that undercover police may be in the crowd
- Do not put yourself in danger. Your words need to be heard, but your safety is a priority
- Protect your mobile phone privacy