Government authorities in Santiago refused to grant permission for an anti-immigrant march according to an announcement on Thursday, August 8. The march was intended to take place on Sunday, August 11, from 12:00 to 15:00 (local time) along the route from Plaza Baquedano to Los Héroes station. The local government cited safety concerns as its reason for denying authorization amid calls by extreme right groups on social media for participants to march with arms during the demonstration.
It is unclear if the organizers will cancel the march or proceed with an unauthorized demonstration. If the groups attempt to hold an unauthorized protest, clashes with security forces cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Santiago are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate heightened security measures and localized transportation disruptions in the vicinity of any rallies, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.
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