On 17 February 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Demonstrations are scheduled to take place in several cities throughout Spain over the next several days in response to the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel. Please monitor news media to see if a demonstration is happening in an area near you. Exercise caution in the vicinity of these events as even peaceful protests have the potential to turn violent without any warning.

“U.S. citizens and government personnel are advised to avoid these areas during the demonstrations. Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more general information.”