Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Health workers to protest outside Ministry of Health in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 21; localized disruptions possible.

Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 12:01 AM UTC
Alert Expires 21 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Event: Health worker protest
  • Location(s): Ministry of Health, Madrid (map)
  • Date: Sept. 21
  • Impact: Localized disruptions possible

Summary
Health workers are planning to protest in central Madrid Sept. 21 to demand greater investment and resources for medical staff in the light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Participants will gather outside the Ministry of Health on Calle de la Aduana; the precise start time is currently unclear.

While the demonstration is likely to remain peaceful, the presence of large numbers of people and heightened security measures could prompt localized traffic disruptions. Organizers have warned that the protest is part of an escalation in activism, which will take place in the coming weeks. Further protests, as well as strikes by health workers, are likely around Spain in the coming weeks.

Advice
Avoid the protest as a routine security precaution and to minimize the potential for disruptions.


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