Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Marriage hall owners and workers to protest nationwide across Pakistan, July 13. Increased security likely; traffic disruptions possible.

  • Alert Begins: 12 Jul 2020 07:00 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 13 Jul 2020 07:00 PM UTC
  • Event: Protests
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: July 13
  • Impact: Likely increased security; possible transport disruptions, skirmishes

Summary
The Marriage Hall Association is calling for nationwide protests July 13 to demand that government reopen wedding halls; the halls had been closed as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Participants plan to gather outside press clubs in cities across the country, including Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. Organizers have not announced a starting time for the protests. Protest size will likely vary by location, with gatherings in larger cities probably attracting dozens to a few hundred people.

Police will likely deploy to demonstrations and may try to disperse protests to enforce COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Protesters may demonstrate on roads, possibly causing localized transport disruptions. Skirmishes between security forces and demonstrators are possible, especially if police try to disperse protesters.

Advice
Avoid all gatherings due to the possibility of skirmishes. If violence breaks out nearby, vacate the area immediately and take shelter in a secure, non-governmental building. Heed all security personnel instructions. Allow additional travel time near protests.


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