Multiple Protests Across Europe (12-13 December 2020)
Protest against COVID-19 restrictions:
- Slovakia - Major demonstration will be held in Bratislava.
- England - Demonstrations are expected in multiple cities across England.
- Scotland - We are expecting protests in the city of Edinburgh.
- Germany - Major demonstrations are expected in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Berlin.
- Italy - Demonstrations are expected in multiple cities across the country.
- Spain - There is some information from the social media that protest will be held in Barcelona this weekend (This is not confirmed).
In some European cities will be a minor anti-vaccination protest. As the COVID-19 vaccination approaches, we can expect more and more demonstrations across Europe.
- France - Protest against proposed security law. Major demonstrations will be held in the most significant French cities such as Marseille, Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon.
- Albania - Demonstrations against police violence.
- Scotland - Protests of football club Celtic fans.
- Malta - Residents will protest against commercial greed in Sliema, St. Julian's and Gzira.
- Belarus - protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko will continue this weekend.
This list will be updated every three hours.
For more information about how to stay safe during the protest, please see our safety ADVISORY.
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 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 the clash with 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 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 minimum 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 priority
- Protect your mobile phone privacy