Worldview Security Update – October 12, 2020
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AMERICAS

Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 11 October 2020, authorities extended an existing nationwide curfew until at least 18 October. The curfew runs nightly from 2000 to 0600 local time (0200-1200 UTC). Outside of curfew hours, residents may travel to perform essential activities on specific days based on the last digit of their national identity card or passport number. Security forces continue to enforce the curfew as well as other health restrictions, such as the wearing of face masks and social distancing guidelines.

United States (Security threat level – 2): As of 12 October 2020, recovery efforts have commenced in southwestern Louisiana following Hurricane Delta, which came ashore as a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph), in the town of Creole, Cameron Parish, on the evening of 9 October. The hurricane downed trees and utility poles and caused significant damage to infrastructure in the region. The latest reports indicate that approximately 193,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana remain without power on 12 October, although nearly 690,000 homes and businesses were without power during the peak of the outages. A number of roads and residences in the region were inundated with floodwaters, including in the cities of Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles. There were at least two storm-related fatalities. Delta exacerbated the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura, which swept through the same area in late August as a Category 4 storm.

ASIA

China / Vietnam (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): As of 0900 UTC on 12 October 2020, Tropical Storm Nangka was located approximately 515 km (320 mi) south-southeast of Hong Kong and was moving west at 24 kph (15 mph). At that time, Nangka was generating maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 38 kph. On its current path the storm is expected to make landfall along the east coast of China’s Hainan province by 13 October before reentering the sea and making a second landfall in northern Vietnam between Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces by 15 October. Authorities in Hong Kong and Macao have issued Signal 3 warnings, which indicates that strong winds and rough seas are likely due to the storm.

Indonesia (Security threat level – 4): On 11 October 2020, authorities announced that a transitional period of eased COVID-19 restrictions in Jakarta will occur during 12-26 October. Nonessential businesses will be allowed to resume operations in offices at 50% capacity, while restaurants will be limited to 50% capacity for in-person dining. Authorities issued the order following a decline in cases of COVID-19 over the previous two weeks.

EUROPE

Belarus (Security threat level – 3): On 11 October 2020, protesters clashed with security forces in the capital Minsk, with security forces using water cannons and flash-bang grenades in an effort to disperse the demonstrators. Authorities also ordered the country’s mobile internet provider to decrease bandwidth in an effort to prevent demonstrators from coordinating activities. Authorities reportedly detained at least 140 protesters in Minsk and elsewhere in the country.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Israel (Security threat level – 3): On 10 October 2020, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Tel Aviv and elsewhere in Israel, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One of the organizers claimed that an estimated 200,000 people participated in the countrywide demonstrations. In Tel Aviv’s Habima and Rabin Square, thousands of demonstrators gathered during the evening hours. Minor scuffles occurred between protesters and police officers in Tel Aviv, when police officers attempted to stop protesters from marching on the streets. Authorities arrested four protesters. An additional four protesters were arrested in Jerusalem. The nationwide protests have been ongoing since July, defying a law that bans people from gathering more than 1 km (0.5 mi) away from their homes. The ban on gatherings was enacted in September in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): As of 12 October 2020, protests to denounce alleged police brutality are ongoing in several cities across Nigeria, including in Abuja, Ilorin, Jos and Lagos. Traffic disruptions have been reported in Abuja and Lagos, but there have been no reports of clashes thus far on 12 October. The chief of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) disbanded its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit the previous day amid nationwide protests against accusations of brutality committed by the squad. Despite the disbanding of SARS, protesters have called for continued demonstrations to demand justice for victims of police brutality. Protests initially broke out on 7 October after a video circulated on social media showing several SARS members shooting and killing a man in Delta state. Police officers clashed with demonstrators during several of the protests, including in Abuja city and Ogbomoso, located in Oyo state — using live ammunition and tear gas to disperse crowds. During clashes in Ogbomoso, at least one protester was shot and killed while seven other individuals were injured. Protesters allege that SARS members were responsible for the casualties, but police officers deny these allegations and it remains unclear who fired live ammunition. Additional protests also occurred in cities across the states of Abuja, Delta, Kwara, Lagos, Osun and Plateau.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Czech Republic (Security threat level – 2): On 12 October 2020, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding COVID-19 measures in the Czech Republic, which reads in part as follows:

"It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in all indoor public spaces and on public transport. You should adhere to social distancing of 2m where possible when in public. Restaurants and bars are required to close between 8pm and 6 am and a maximum of 4 people are allowed to sit at a table.

"From Monday 12 October all cultural venues – including museums, galleries and attractions such as zoos – will be closed for 2 weeks.

"Full details of all restrictive measures in place can be found in English on the website of the Ministry of Health ."

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 12 October 2020, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued an update to its travel advice for Tunisia, which reads in part as follows: "Tunisian authorities have implemented localised lockdowns in response to the detection of infection clusters.

"These are subject to change:

"From 8 October,

"two-week curfew in Greater Tunis:

  • "Monday – Friday: 9pm to 5am
  • "Saturday and Sunday: 7pm to 5am

    "From 1 October,

    "two-week curfew in Sousse and Monastir: 8pm to 6am."