Taiwanese pro-independence activists, under the Formosa Alliance umbrella, are calling for a protest to take place on Saturday, October 20, in Taipei. The activists intend to call for a public vote on Taiwan’s formal independence from China. Organizers expect the rally to be well attended, which will likely cause severe traffic disruptions. An increased security force presence can be expected on the day.
The Formosa Alliance was created in April 2018 and advocates for a referendum on Taiwan’s independence from China. Cross-Strait relationships provoke regular protests in Taipei.
Individuals in Taipei are advised to avoid all gatherings as a precaution, even if these generally pass off peacefully, be prepared for transport disruptions and increased traffic congestion in downtown Taipei, and follow any instructions issued by the authorities.