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20 Oct 2019 | 04:14 AM UTC

Spain: More protests planned in Catalonia October 20-27 /update 5

Spain News Alert

Further protests scheduled throughout Catalonia between October 20-27; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Barcelona, Catalonia, Tarragona, Manresa, Majorca

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Event

Further protests related to Catalan independence are due to take place throughout Catalonia between Sunday, October 20, through Sunday, October 27, following five consecutive days of violent protests in which several hundred police offers and civilians have been injured.

On October 20, a protest is scheduled at the Plaza de Sant Jaume in Barcelona at 12:00. In Tarragona, a march is due on the same day starting at 09:00 at Plaça del Portal d'Avall before heading to the Campclar police station. At 12:00, activists in Tarragona also plan to protest at Avenida Catalunya in support of the detained pro-independence activists. In Manresa, activists plan to meet at 19:00 at Plaça Sant Domènec to protest against fascism. While in Mallorca, a pro-independence group has called for a protest at 18:00 at Plaça del Mercat in Palma.

Over 100 entities are planning a protest in Barcelona for October 26, in opposition to the Catalan leaders' sentencing. The time and location have yet to be announced.

On October 27, the Societat Civil Catalana (SCC) has called for a large demonstration to call for an end to the legal proceedings against the independence activists. Participants are due to gather at 12:00 at Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. 

A heightened security presence and lingering transportation disruptions are to be expected over the coming hours in Barcelona and other affected areas; associated demonstrations throughout the region may result in disruptions to transportation and business over the coming days. Counter-protests are possible. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Protests have been ongoing since October 1, to mark the two-year anniversary of a failed independence referendum that took place in Catalonia in 2017. Several Catalan activists were consequently on trial for their involvement in the referendum, which Madrid deemed illegal. On October 14, the Supreme Court sentenced nine of them to between nine and 13 years in prison, prompting mass protests in Barcelona and other cities across Catalonia.

On October 15, protesters blocked several roads and highways and clashed violently with riot police. Six activists have been arrested, while 170 people - including 40 police officers - have been injured in the protests.

Advice

Individuals in Catalonia, notably in Barcelona, are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, confirm their flight reservations, anticipate delays and cancelations, plan additional travel time, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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