Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Violence reported during labor protest in Karachi's Korangi area, Pakistan, May 19. Increased security, localized disruptions likely.

This alert affects Karachi

This alert began 19 May 2020 09:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 19 May 2020 18:30 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi (map)
  • Time/Date: Afternoon May 19
  • Impact: Increased security, localized transport and business disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Hundreds of denim factory workers are demonstrating in the Korangi Industrial Area of Karachi, the afternoon of May 19, over layoffs and unpaid wages associated with the economic effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Initial reports suggest the protest has caused clashes and traffic disruptions in the vicinity; laborers have also set a bus on fire. Additional disruptions are likely in the coming hours, especially if the workers continue engaging in arson and vandalism, or enforce roadblocks.

Enhanced security measures such as police deployment and road closures are probable in the vicinity until the demonstration ends; Godam Chowrangi Road is most likely to be affected. Businesses operating in the area may close in case of significant violence. Clashes may break out if police disperse crowds forcibly.

Advice
Avoid the demonstration due to the threat of violence. Do not navigate any roadblocks as vehicles may be attacked. Allow additional driving time in central Karachi if traveling for essential purposes. Seek updated information from trusted local sources on road conditions and ensure police permission before traveling in the area. Leave the area immediately if an unruly mob forms nearby, and seek shelter in a secure location. Heed all traffic and security advisories.


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