Violent protests against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions have been reported in several Spanish cities on Saturday, October 31. Vandalism and clashes with security forces reportedly took place in Logroño (La Rioja province) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava province). In both cities, security forces charged the crowd in an effort to disperse them, with social media reports alleging that rubber bullets were deployed in Logroño. Protests also continued for a second day in Barcelona, with thousands protesting in front of the City Hall to denounce evictions during the pandemic. Clashes with police were reported in Plaza de Sant Jaume and Plaza de Sant Miquel, where protesters broke several windows of the City Hall building and lit bonfires.
Continued protests against COVID-19 measures are likely throughout Spain over the near term. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation and business in the vicinity of protests sites are to be expected.
Those in Spain are advised to avoid protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow additional travel time, and heed any instructions issued by local authorities.