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18.10.19  /  Low  /   – About Today - Friday 18 October


18.10.19 About Today - Friday 18 October

Azerbaijan: Independence Day Israel: Sukkot (Harvest) Zambia: National Day of Prayer

18.10.19  /  High  /  China – Multiple Protests Planned


18.10.19 China Multiple Protests Planned

Between 18 and 21 October 2019, multiple protests are planned throughout Hong Kong. On 18 October demonstrators plan to form human chains at Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations along the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Island and East Rail lines from 1900-2100 local time (1100-1300 UTC). Beginning at 1930 local time on 19 October a prayer rally is scheduled to begin at Chater Garden in Central. Additional details are currently unknown. The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) is organizing a march for 20 October that will proceed from Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui to the West Kowloon railway station, which is located approximately 2.4 km to the northwest, beginning at 1330 local time; the march is being held to protest against the mask ban and to demand an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality. The CHRF has sought permission to stage this demonstration; authorities have previously rejected multiple protest applications by the CHRF, which led the group to cancel rallies. It remains unknown if the CHRF will cancel the event if authorities banned the march. Lastly, beginning at 1900 local time on 21 October, protesters intend to stage a sit-in at Yuen Long MTR station to mark the three-month anniversary of an attack on protesters by suspected members of organized crime groups.

18.10.19  /  High  /  Peru – State of Emergency Declared


18.10.19 Peru State of Emergency Declared

On 16 October 2019, the Peruvian government declared a 30-day state of emergency in an Andean area surrounding a section of the Apurimac-Cusco-Arequipa road corridor in the southern province of Chumbivilcas, Cuzco department. The state of emergency applies to roads that are adjacent to the corridor and within 500 m (0.3 mi) of the corridor in the districts of Capacmarca, Colquemarca, Chamaca and Velille. The measure suspends the right of assembly and authorizes security forces to remove blockades on roads leading to the Las Bambas copper mine, which Chinese company MMG Ltd. owns and operates. Authorities later removed the roadblocks without any violence. Communities had established roadblocks and disrupted operations at the copper mine since 22 September to demand compensation for the use of the road to transport goods to and from the mine.

17.10.19  /  Medium  /  Netherlands – Demonstration Alert


17.10.19 Netherlands Demonstration Alert

On 15 October 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam issued a Demonstration Alert for The Hague, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Malieveld, The Hague “Event: Demonstrations are scheduled to take place beginning on Tuesday, October 15 and ending the evening of Thursday, October 17. Farmers from various regions in the Netherlands are protesting Dutch government livestock policy. “The groups will begin traveling on Tuesday from various locations in the Netherlands on large tractors and assemble at the Malieveld, The Hague. The group plans to protest on Wednesday, October 16 and depart The Hague on Thursday, October 17 to return to their farms. Police expect a high turnout, which will impact public transportation and cause traffic delays. Note that even demonstrations expected to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The Dutch police will be present to ensure public safety.”

17.10.19  /  High  /  Ecuador – Updated Travel Advice


17.10.19 Ecuador Updated Travel Advice

On 15 October 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Ecuador, which reads in part as follows: “In light of nationwide disruption and demonstrations since 3 October…the FCO advises against all but essential travel to Ecuador, with the exception of the Galapagos Islands. This advice does not apply to transit through Quito or Guayaquil Airports for onward travel to Galapagos, which is currently not significantly affected."

16.10.19  /  High  /  Mexico – Police Convoy Ambushed


16.10.19 Mexico Police Convoy Ambushed

On 14 October 2019, suspected members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) ambushed a police convoy in the township of Aguililla in Michoacán state. At least 30 gunmen armed with military-style assault and sniper rifles opened fire on five police trucks en route to the town of El Aguaje with 42 police officers aboard to serve an arrest warrant. The gunmen killed 13 police officers and wounded nine others. The event has been noted as the worst attack on law enforcement in Mexico in recent years. Authorities increased security personnel presence and established checkpoints in the state in the wake of the attack as a search for the perpetrators is ongoing. Michoacán has witnessed a recent uptick in gang-related violence.
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