Jaume Sastre, the 55-years old Majorcan teacher in hunger strike for Catalan language, has just entered the fourth week while the president of the Balearic Islands, José Ramón Bauzá, keeps refusing to reconsider the decree at the origin of massive protests in the Balearic islands.
Sastre’s strike has arisen a huge wave of solidarity across the Catalan-speaking countries, especially intense on social media –(following Help Catalonia’s #HungerStrikeforCatalan campaign)–. Today in Valencia, representatives for organisations, trade unions and leftist parties are staging a 24-hour hunger strike in support of the Majorcan teacher, which comes to show that Catalan language threats are common across the regions in Spain where it is spoken:
Ara | 24-hours hunger strike in Valencia in solidarity with Majorcan teacher Jaume Sastre
“The action is being held at Centre Octubre in Valencia, in condemnation of continued aggressions against Catalan language and public education by both the Balearic and the Valencian governments.
The secretary general of Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV), Toni Gisbert, said that Jaume Sastre’s action is a “remarkable gesture by someone who’s had to take an extreme measure”, and added that “he’s just asking for dialogue”, a demand which “shouldn’t need to be made in a democracy.”
The news have been widely covered by the local press. Following are some of the stories published in English language: