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06 Jun 2020 | 01:38 AM UTC

Switzerland: Demonstrations planned in Geneva on June 8-9

Switzerland News Alert

Black Lives Matter demonstrations planned in Geneva on June 8-9; further demonstrations possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Geneva

Event

The US Embassy has issued an alert on Friday, June 5, regarding Black Lives Matter demonstrations planned in Geneva on Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9. Demonstrations on Monday are scheduled to take place outside the US Mission in Geneva from 16:30 to 18:00 (local time). On Tuesday, protesters will march from the Place de Neuve at 18:00 to the Place des Nations. Protests are expected to remain largely peaceful; however, significant overland disruption is anticipated in the affected areas.

Other protests and associated unrest are possible in Geneva in the coming days.

Context

George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US and internationally.

Advice

Individuals in Geneva are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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