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27 Feb 2020 | 11:12 PM UTC

UK: Large crowds expected for climate rally in Bristol February 28

Police issue safety warning ahead of climate change rally in Bristol on February 28; heightened police presence and crowded conditions expected

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Event

Thousands of people are expected to attend a climate change rally being organized by the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) group in Bristol on Friday, February 28. The event is scheduled to start at 11:00 (local time) at College Green. Activist leader Greta Thunberg will speak at the rally, which is expected to increase attendance rates. Police officials have issued a safety warning to parents, stating that current security measures may not be adequate depending on the size of the event. According to the police, there is a risk of “crushing” for children as well as the potential for protesters to be hurt by tripping or falling in the crowds. Security barriers are expected to be erected around the rally and streets around College Green will be closed.

A heightened police presence, localized traffic disruptions, and crowded conditions are anticipated in Bristol on Friday.

Context

An estimated 15,000 people participated in a similar rally in Bristol in 2019.

Advice

Individuals in Bristol are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, anticipate transportation disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.