ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1045 local time (0945 UTC) on 2 September 2022, police officers evacuated passengers and staff members from Terminal 2 of London Heathrow Airport (EGLL/LGR) following the discovery of an unattended bag at the terminal. Authorities investigated the bag and deemed it to be harmless. The terminal reopened shortly before 1230 local time, allowing passengers to reenter the building. The underground train stations at terminals 2 and 3 were also temporarily closed during the investigation. There were no immediate reports of significant flight delays or cancellations due to the incident.
Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On the evening of 1 September 2022, a man pulled a handgun on Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as she greeted supporters outside her residence in the neighborhood of Recoleta in the capital Buenos Aires. The gunman pulled the trigger, but the fully loaded weapon malfunctioned. The crowd subdued the suspect before security personnel placed him under arrest. Local media report that the detainee is a Brazilian national with ties to far-right groups, although authorities have yet to provide confirmation regarding his identity or motives. Supporters of Kirchner have gathered outside her residence for the past several days as she stands trial amid corruption allegations. Thousands of Kirchner’s supporters are expected to gather midday on 2 September at Plaza de Mayo in central Buenos Aires to condemn the attack and show their solidarity with the vice president.
Chile (Security threat level – 2): On 1 September 2022, the commander of the Chilean police force announced that the Santiago metropolitan area will be subject to a number of traffic diversions and public transportation restrictions during the 4 September mandatory vote on a proposed new constitution. Traffic will be prohibited on Santiago’s main roadways, including Ismael V. Vergarea, Eliodoro Yáñez, Avenida España, and Santa Isabel. Moreover, operations on Line 1 of the Santiago Metro will be suspended while voting is underway. Approximately 6,500 security personnel will be deployed in Santiago to maintain order on polling day. A total of 45,000 police officers will be stationed across Chile to enhance security during the plebiscite.
Chile (Security threat level – 2): During the morning hours of 1 September 2022, a group of masked protesters known as the “overoles blancos” (white overalls) threw Molotov cocktails and stones at police officers in front of the National Institute building, located approximately 2 km (1 mi) east of downtown Santiago. The protesters reportedly emerged from the building compound and began throwing projectiles at the officers when the latter approached the building to remove a protester-erected barricade that was disrupting the flow of traffic along the intersection of Alameda and Arturo Prat streets. There were no reports of injuries in the incident. Authorities arrested at least two people.
Kenya (Security threat level – 4): On 1 September 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Kenyan Supreme Court is scheduled to announce a ruling on the presidential results on September 5, 2022. Kenya has periodically experienced some post-electoral violence during election cycles.
“Election-related demonstrations and rallies regularly take place after elections, at times blocking key intersections and causing traffic jams. Demonstrations may occasionally be violent, requiring police intervention. Strikes and other protest activities related to economic conditions occur regularly.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Embassy has imposed movement restrictions on U.S. government personnel in Kisumu. The State Department reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for sustained vigilance.”
South Korea (Security threat level – 1): On 2 September 2022, the U.S. Mission in South Korea issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Typhoon Hinnamnor continues to track towards Jeju-do and the Korea Meteorological Administration is warning that the storm may hit Korea’s southern region with strong rains and heavy winds.
“Expect powerful wind gusts, high waves in coastal areas, mudslides, and flooding in low-lying areas. Heavy rains country-wide are expected to begin on Sunday, September 4, followed by the typhoon making landfall on Monday around 21:00. Heavy rains May continue through Tuesday evening.”