On 17 November 2020, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Germany issued a Demonstration Alert regarding ongoing protests across Germany, which reads in part as follows:  “The U.S. Mission in Germany advises U.S. citizens that there has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, predominantly related to German government COVID 19-related restrictions across Germany. These demonstrations may continue in the coming weeks.

“As with all such gatherings, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas where there are known demonstrations and exercise caution if you encounter a large gathering or demonstration. We encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and situational awareness, avoid large gatherings, and observe all regulations regarding social distancing and wearing of face coverings. In the event of an emergency, U.S. citizens should contact the Police at 110 or Fire/Ambulance at 112, as appropriate.”