Hundreds of steel mill workers began occupying a section of railway track in Bin Qasim Town, southeastern Karachi, late Dec. 1. Organizers have launched the protest to demand the restoration of their jobs in the state-owned Pakistan Steel Mills. The intended duration of the protest is unclear, though the agitation may continue indefinitely.
The demonstration and blockade have prompted rail service disruptions in and around Karachi. Service cancelations are likely for the duration of the action. The protest may also prompt localized traffic disruptions on sections of nearby roadways. Security personnel will likely deploy near the demonstration. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces are possible, especially if police forcibly attempt to disperse protesters.
Confirm rail reservations in and around Karachi. Avoid the protest area due to possible violence. If clashes break out, leave the area immediately. Follow all security personnel instructions. Allow additional travel time in the area.
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