Edinburgh Protests

Updated 17 June 2019


Situation:

  • Climate protesters Extinction Rebellion Scotland are to disrupt roads in Edinburgh today as they begin a week of “targeted action”

  • The group, who occupy a campsite outside the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, have planned the action to coincide with amendments being made to the Climate Bill on 18 and 25 June

  • They demand that Scotland commits to “lead the world” and legislate for a Climate Citizens Assembly and to meet a target of producing net zero emissions by 2025

  • The group plans to disrupt traffic in central Edinburgh later today and throughout the week

  • So far, six protesters have been arrested after allegedly locking themselves together and blocking a road during a climate change rally in Edinburgh

  • Link to full protest schedule


Possible Effects:

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Protests may unexpectedly turn violent


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  • Remain calm

  • Do not exit your vehicle

  • Call the authorities

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Maintain a low profile

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy



DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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