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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Barcelona (Spain), DEMONSTRATION PLANNED IN BARCELONA SEPTEMBER 11

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Planned and spontaneous demonstrations take place in Spain, especially in Madrid and Barcelona, in response to economic or other events. If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, the U.S. Embassy suggests that you avoid the area. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Date: September 11, 2017
Duration: 16:00-undetermined. Many streets downtown will be blocked hours prior to the demonstration.
Organizers: ANC (National Assembly of Catalonia)
Purpose of Protest or Demonstration: Catalan National Day
Location: Downtown Barcelona: Centered at crossroads of Passeig de Gracia and Arago Avenue, extending to Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Sant Joan, Jardinets de Gracia and Casanova street.
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