Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Activists to protest in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 5 to denounce alleged inadequate COVID-19 safeguards for schools. Localized disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 05 Sep 2020 12:01 AM UTC
Alert Expires 05 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Event: Education protest
  • Location(s): Madrid (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1800 Sept. 5
  • Impact: Heightened security; localized disruptions likely

Summary
The Marea Verde (Green Tide) movement in Madrid is planning a large demonstration in the city center Sept. 5 to denounce the alleged inadequate safeguards for pupils and staff returning to school during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Participants plan to gather at 1800 in Atocha before marching to the Ministry of Education on Calle de Alcala.

The presence of large numbers of protesters and associated security measures, including possible movement restrictions and road closures, could prompt localized disruptions along the march route. Traffic congestion is likely on parallel routes. Although the event is likely to pass without incident, isolated scuffles are possible if activists attempt to breach security cordons.

Background and Analysis
Marea Verde, a coalition of teaching associations, students, families, and educational unions, was initially founded in 2012 to oppose cuts to the education sector. The movement is planning more actions in Madrid in September, including a teachers' strike Sept. 10.

Advice
Plan routes avoiding the march to mitigate related disruptions Sept. 5 and allow additional time for travel in the vicinity. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation.


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