Updated on 14 October 2019
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.
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
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