Independence activists have announced additional protests throughout Catalonia between Monday, October 21, and Sunday, October 27, following five consecutive days of violent protests in which several hundred police offers and civilians have been injured.
The Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDR Catalunya) has scheduled two protests on October 21. The first is in Barcelona at the Palace of Justice as of 10:00 (local time). On the same date a protest is scheduled in Girona at 12:00 at the Plaça de l'1 d'octubre, during which organizers stated a surprise action will take place. Both protests are organized with the aim of opposing the sentence issued to pro-independence activists earlier this month.
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.
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.
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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