NOTE TO ADMIN
I am not sure if admin will want this thread to be up, but given the number of people visiting Barcelona all the time I felt it's important boots-on-the-ground last-minute information regarding blockades and demonstrations happening today and, at intervals, in the foreseeable future so visitors can be in the loop and plan accordingly. Should you feel it's not appropriate in this forum I apologize, please let me know and I will stop updating.
Today (Oct 14th) the sentence against ministers and the vice-president of the Catalan government for having held an independence referendum on October 2017 has been delivered. The sentence, as expected, is disproportionate and the general mood in Catalonia is very upset and angry. The civil disobedience campaign that has been announced these past weeks has started and it's expected to last for an undetermined period of time with actions occurring simultaneously in different parts of Catalonia -not only in Barcelona. The Spanish government has sent several thousand of paramilitary police -the same than perpetrated the violent images against the voters seen in all TVs during the independence referendum celebrated in 2017.
The planned actions of the civil disobedience campaign are always NON-VIOLENT -on the protesters' side- and seek to paralyze the nation (Catalonia) to force a negotiation with the Spanish. These will mostly be in the form of blockades, slow marches and demonstrations. There is no beef against any civilian, much less foreign civilians, so no one visiting these days should worry about personal safety. Just stay away from demonstrations as per the danger of police charges, especially from the Spanish police -easy to recognize, they wear a Spanish flag on the shoulder. And prepare for some discomforts regarding mobility.
MONDAY, 14th OCT
- The main focus of the protests is located in the airport of Barcelona and the roads in and out connecting this infrastructure with the city. This has also included (intermittently) the metro and the train to the airport. These have been closed by the police to prevent protestors from reaching the airport. It, however, has been resumed shortly after thousands marched on foot instead towards the airport, while several thousand more were already there, inside and outside the airport, blocking mobility. Those flying in or out today best head straight for the metro (if in/to Termina 1) or the train (if in/to Terminal 2). Expect long queues but it's the most likely transport to be able to take you to/from the city... at some point, that is. Check https://twitter.com/BCN_Mobilitat
- Several flights have been cancelled. CHECK YOUR AIRLINE.
- There are going to be several marches inside the city convoked by different civil associations from 6 pm onward. The main meeting points are Plaça Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia near Diagonal Avenue. In most cities and towns across Catalonia, similar demonstrations have been announced for 8 pm.
- In Girona and Figueres, barricades at the train tracks have stopped the circulation of fast trains (AVE) in the line from Barcelona to France.
- In Lleida, over 3000 protestors have collapsed the city centre. The Lleida City Hall has approved halting all its activities until Oct 16th.
- In Tarragona, the AP-7 motorway connecting Valencia and Catalonia has been temporarily blocked.
- At present, the following roads are blockaded: C-15 Pobla Claramunt, C-16 Berga, C-17 Vic, C-37 Querol, C-59 Moià, C-63 Sant Coloma Farnes i Anglès, C-66 Bisbal Empordà, GI- 634 Verges, N-240 Valls, N-II Mataró and there are slow marches in AP-7 nord in Llinars, C-35 Sant Celoni and C-31 nord Platja d’Aro