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Spain Demonstration Alert

Updated on 14 October 2019

The Situation:

Protests in Barcelona and surrounding areas are actively ongoing as of the morning (local

time) on Monday, 14 October, after the Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalonian pro-

independence activists to between nine and 13 years in prison over their role in the

region's bid for independence in 2017.

A heightened security presence has been reported, as protesters are starting to gather

across the city.

Associated transportation disruptions are to be expected in the coming hours throughout

Barcelona. Protests in other urban centers across Catalonia are possible. Clashes between

protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. 

Possible Effects:

  • Blocked roads due to protests

  • Increased traffic, especially near city centers and government buildings

  • Protests and demonstrations, which can attract unwanted attention

  • Limited transportation services, especially throughout major cities

  • Increased presence of security personnel, such as local police

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time to travel

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by public transportation strikes and protests

  • Avoid traveling through city centers, instead utilizing bypasses

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

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

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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