Demonstration Alert – October 16, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Event: Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected to continue this week in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders.  Some protests on October 15 included violence.

A protest is expected today, October 16, at 7pm at the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Carrer Marina. There is a high potential for more clashes during this protest.

Demonstrations are also likely to disrupt roadways leading into Barcelona from various towns throughout the region, including marches on major highways from Tarragona, Tarrega, Berga, Vic and Girona.  In addition to clashing with law enforcement, protesters in some areas have disrupted public transportation, damaged traffic lights, and obstructed rail lines and road access to the Barcelona airport.  Some protests have been taking place near Spanish delegation and law enforcement offices and injuries to protesters and police personnel have been reported.

Some groups have called for a general strike on Friday, October 18, that will likely affect services throughout Catalonia, including public transportation and private business services.  Protesters have also called for demonstrations at Barcelona airport during the weekend.

Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information and see additional resources below.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Consider alternate means of transportation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.

U.S. citizens may monitor English-language Spanish media at the following website:

Airport and flight information :

Public Transportation information: and

Also, view updates on Twitter, Facebook and Official Websites from the Mossos d’Esquadra (Regional Police), Barcelona City Police, Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil:

Mossos d’Esquadra (Regional Police)

Barcelona City Police


  • U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain


  • U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain


  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444