The US Embassy in Guatemala has issued a security message for US citizens warning of possible demonstrations in Guatemala City on Thursday, May 28. The embassy stated that it had received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place at El Obelisco at 11:30 (local time), with demonstrators then marching towards the National Palace. The event has reportedly been organized by the group 'Sociedad en Accion' in protest against measures imposed by the government in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The group have promoted the event on their social media pages, but it is uncertain how big the turnout will be. The embassy has warned US citizens to avoid travelling in the vicinity of Avenida Reforma between 11:00 and 13:00.
Associated unrest and transportation disruptions are possible in the vicinity of the demonstration.
Individuals in Guatemala City are advised to avoid the demonstration area as a precaution, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and obey instructions issued by local authorities.
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