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International Labor Day Alert - EUROPE


Updated on 30 April 2019

The Situation:

Historically, May Day or International Labor Day, is accompanied by mass rallies and protests to both celebrate and show disdain for current labor practices. Demonstrations, rallies and marches are common in EU countries on this day.

Of note, are planned yellow vest protests in many cities across France which have been known to lead to clashes with protestors and authorities.

May Day is on 1 May every year.

What to Expect:

  • Possible protests or demonstrations

  • Blocked roads

  • Traffic delays throughout city centers and near major government buildings

  • Increased police presence

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

  • Avoid travel through the city center if possible, instead using bypasses

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

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

Read more about the International Labor Day Protests in Europe.

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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