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The Situation:

In defense of free speech, protests were sparked in Barcelona and Girona, on 16 February, condemning the arrest of a Rapper named Pablo Hasel (Pablo Rivadulla Duró). Hasel was arrested for supporting terrorism, as well as libel and slander against the Spanish monarchy.

Over the weekend, further protests took place in many cities including Barcelona, Girona, Las Palmas, Lleida, Madrid, Seville, Tarragona, Toledo, Vic, Vigo, and Zaragoza. Violence, including property damage and clashes between police and participants, has been reported during the events, especially in the Catalonia region. Security services made over 100 arrests since the protests began on 16 February. Multiple injuries have been reported.

Additional demonstrations may take place in cities and towns across the country, particularly in the Catalonia region, throughout the week and into the weekend.

Possible Effects:

• Protest or demonstrations, especially near government buildings and city centers

• Presence of counter protesters

• Large groups of people which may increase tensions

• Disruptions to public transportation and businesses where protests are being held

• Increased Traffic congestion in the vicinity of protests

• Increased presence of security, law enforcement, media and other personnel

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

• Avoid large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent and may also serve as a catalyst for COVID-19 Spread

• Maintain active situational awareness for changes that could impact your safety

• Practice social distancing and wear a mask where social distancing cannot be maintained

• If detained, adhere to the instructions of local authorities

• Abide by local laws and restrictions

• Allow extra time for travel

• Avoid travel after dark, when civil unrest tends to escalate

• Prepare for disruptions caused by protests

• Monitor local and social media for updates

• Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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