On Thursday, September 24, a demonstration march has been planned from El Alto to La Paz by business owners operating entertainment venues such as bars and night clubs and their supporters, to demand that the government allows their businesses to reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Establishments which were closed in March as part of the country's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the year.
Exact timings and locations of the protest march have not been announced; however, overland disruptions should be anticipated on Thursday. A heightened security presence should also be expected and clashes are possible between police and demonstrators.
Those in Bolivia are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid all protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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