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Spain Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 19, 2002

This Public Announcement alerts Americans to the potential for disruption caused by general strikes planned for Spain June 18-21, 2002 and anti-globalization demonstrations scheduled for June 21-22, 2002. This Public Announcement expires on June 30, 2002.

Three major strikes are being planned for the third week of June 2002. The two largest employee unions in Spain, Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) and Comision de Obrerores (CC.OO.) have called for a general strike for all of Spain on Thursday, June 20, 2002 to coincide with the European Council Summit in Seville. It is anticipated that many segments of the Spanish labor force will participate, including international and domestic airline employees. The Basque provinces have decided to honor the strike on June 19, 2002. In addition, anti-globalization demonstrations are expected to occur on June 21 and 22, 2002, in Seville.

While demonstrations may focus in Seville, nationwide participation has been called for in the general strikes and may cause disruptions throughout Spain, including air travel. The unpredictable nature of strikes in general, and the fact that some segments of the Spanish labor force may elect not to participate, allows for the possibility of random acts of violence to occur, especially in or near large crowds, demonstrations, or near picket lines. U.S. citizens should avoid large congregations of strikers, demonstration areas/zones, and/or crossing picket lines and should bear in mind that anti-globalization demonstrations in other European cities have sometimes turned violent.

The U.S Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens in Spain remain alert to possible disruptions in transport and other services June 18-22, and remain flexible should strikes necessitate changes to travel plans. The Embassy will be open during normal business hours throughout this period.

Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, particularly the Department's Worldwide Caution- Public Announcement of March 17, 2002.

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