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Demonstration Alert: Chennai (India), Demonstrations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala (February 16, 2018)

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Location:  Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India; state-wide

Event:  On February 16, 2018, the Supreme Court will deliver a final verdict on appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala regarding the dispute over the sharing of Cauvery River water.  Previous decisions regarding the Cauvery watershed have resulted in sporadic protests and violence.

In advance of the verdict, some public bus services between Bangalore and Chennai, have been suspended.  Schools and universities remain open.  The state governments have taken precautionary measures.  Press reports indicate that security has been increased in Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru (Bangalore), and Mysuru (Mysore).

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself.
  • Review your personal security plans.