President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has called for an "act of unity" demonstration in Tijuana (Baja California state) on Saturday, June 8, in response to US President Donald Trump's calls for increased tariffs on Mexican goods. The rally is slated to take place in the Colonia Zona Centro district from 17:00 (local time); several senior Mexican officials are expected to attend the event.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are expected in Tijuana on Saturday. Increased anti-American sentiment is possible nationwide amid heightened tensions between the US and Mexican governments.
On May 30, President Donald Trump stated the US will impose a five percent tariff on all Mexican exports to the US starting June 10 if Mexico did not assist in stopping the flow of undocumented migrants across the Mexican/American border.
US and Mexican officials have been collaborating since May 30 to avoid the tax; the Mexican government deployed additional troops to its southern border on June 6 in an attempt to further limit crossings from Guatemala. As of June 7, President Trump has stated that efforts have thus far fallen short of avoiding additional tariffs on June 10.
Individuals in Tijuana are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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