Spain: Activists demonstrate in the cities of Spain, September 18

Sep 17, 2022 | 16:59 UTC

Activists demonstrate in cities across Spain on September 18. Increased security, likely localized disturbances; possible clashes.





The association We Speak Spanish (Hablamos Espanol) organized demonstrations in several major cities in Spain on September 18. The aim of the demonstrations is to demand freedom of choice of language in schools. The organizers have planned demonstrations at the following times and locations:

  • Barcelona: Arco de Triunfo from 12:00 p.m.

  • Victoria: Plaza de la Virgen Blanca from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Madrid: Plaza de las Cortes from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Alicante: Calvo Sotelo Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Castellon: Pescaderia Square from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • La Coruña: Obelisk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Oviedo: Plaza de la Escandalera from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Palma de Mallorca: Esq. San Miguel. Puerta Pintada from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Seville: Plaza de la Encarnacion Las Setas from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Valencia: Plaza del Ayuntamiento from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Valladolid: Spanish Steps from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Vigo: Place de la Constitution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Zaragoza: Spanish Steps from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Related protests are likely in other cities and towns across the country; attendance will vary by venue, but could exceed 1,000 at larger gatherings.

Police will likely deploy and monitor all protests. Large numbers of people and associated security measures could lead to localized transport disruptions in protest areas; public transport may be suspended or diverted. Clashes between protesters and authorities are unlikely but cannot be ruled out. In response, security services may resort to riot control tactics, such as tear gas and water cannons.


Avoid all demonstrations as a routine safety measure and to mitigate associated disruptions. Heed police instructions and leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Allow extra time to travel to areas affected by the protests.