Demonstration Alert: PLANNED DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, DECEMBER 9, 2023

Location:  United Kingdom (Countrywide)

Event:  Media report various planned demonstrations are expected to take place throughout the United Kingdom the weekend of December 9.  Protests are planned throughout central London, Belfast, Edinburgh, and potentially, various other cities.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid areas of demonstrations and always exercise caution within the vicinity of demonstrations or if caught in a demonstration.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate to violence.  Do not attempt to drive or walk through a demonstration.  Road closures and public transportation services may be impacted, U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local transportation information and coordinate travel routes accordingly.

Planned demonstrations include but are not limited to:

Belfast
Event:  End BBC Complicity
Date:  Saturday, December 9, 2023
Location:  BBC Broadcast House
Time:  1300 local time

Edinburgh
Event:  Day of Action for Palestine
Date:  Saturday, December 9, 2023
Various Locations: 

  • Barclays Bank, Princes Street, starting at 1200 local time
  • COP 28 Demo, Scottish Parliament, starting at 1200 local time
  • Waverley Bridge, starting at 1300 local time

London
Event: National March for Palestine
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Location:  The demonstration will assemble at Bank Junction, EC3V 3LA, London and proceed through Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street, St. Paul’s, Ludgate, Fleet Street, The Strand, Whitehall, Parliament Square
Time: Starting at 1200 through 1600 local time
Estimated Size:  200,000

Event: COP28 London March
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Location:  Beginning at St. James’s Square, in front of the offices of British Petroleum (BP) and marching to Trafalgar Square.
Time: Starting at 1150 local time and ending just before 1400.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Review your personal security plans
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Avoid crowds
  • Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom
33 Nine Elms Lane
London, UK SW11 7US
+44 (0) 207-499-9000
from U.S.: 011 44 (0)20 7499-9000
SCSLondon@state.gov
https://uk.usembassy.gov/

Consulate General Belfast
+44 (0) 28 9038-6100
ConsularBelfast@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh
+44 (0) 131 556-8315
Edinburgh-info@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
United Kingdom Country Information

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