Grassroots group ACPV will denounce Spain’s linguistic “supremacism” before UN

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Valencian language at the UN

Following a session evaluating the state of human rights in Spain, which took place last January 21 in Geneve, the voice of Valencians will be heard at the UN headquarters next June. This has been possible thanks to the legal support by the European Network for Linguistic Equality (ELEN), which enabled Valencian grassroots groups Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV) and Escola Valenciana (EV) to took part at the working sessions.

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Spain’s Partido Popular’s snide attacks on Catalan

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Valencian thinker Joan Fuster

Spain’s ruling conservative fears a powerful, united Catalan-Valencian language and will do everything possible to keep them separate. The 11.5 million-strong language is regarded as a regional language; its status is hence hierarchically inferior. That’s not the result of EU shortsightedness, but the upshot of manoeuvering from Madrid.

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What is Catalan and where is it spoken?

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Catalan language map, by Help Catalonia

The linguistic domain extends over 68,000 square kilometres in four European states: Andorra; Spain (Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon and Murcia); France and Italy.

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Barcelona braces for massive demonstration for Catalan language at school

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

More than 40 groups that make up the umbrella organisation Som Escola (“We’re school”) are calling for a historic demonstration in defence of Catalan language education at school. The event is expected to draw thousands from across Catalonia. Indeed, the protest has been called by teachers’ unions, parents associations, school & college federations and folklore groups.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

A major feature of the Catalan pro-independence movement is its inclusiveness. Although some try to portrait it as a nationalistic lobby based on ethnicity and obsessed with chasing Spanish-speakers, the real truth is … Read More

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