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
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.