Facts about languages and language imposition
Language imposition and democracy
Part 2 Catalonia: language imposition and the division of a nation
Language ban, language imposition and language dictatorship are various instruments from the toolbox of undemocratic rulers and governments. Spain is a state of several nations in which these instruments are still used today.
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Facts about languages and language imposition
Language imposition and democracy
Language imposition triggered the uprising 1976 in Soweto in South Africa, that led finally to the liberation from the Apartheid regime. The situation in Spain's autonomous regions is not yet dominated by violence. And that should remain so. It is useful to be well informed enabling a better judement.
We start with an info series about language imposition and democracy, which touches in 6 parts on the following topics:
1. South Africa: Bloody insurrection against language imposition
2. Catalonia: Language imposition and division of a nation
3. Language imposition, falsification of history and indoctrination
4. Ukraine: Language imposition in the West
5. Ways out of the conflict - what is language?
6. Language protection - does it work in France?
Teacher beats 10-year-old girl who paints Spanish flag
Can that be true?
Already in the last weeks several newspapers reported that a teacher in Terrassa/Catalonia had met a 10-year-old pupil with aggression, who had painted a Spanish flag and written the words „Viva España“ in her notebook. The student suffered minor injuries. These reports are based on the report of the parents to the Catalan police, the Mossos d'Esquadra.
What's really behind it?Read more »
Vicent Marzà again Valencian Minister of Education
The elections do not put an end to the struggle
Anyone who has followed the Spanish press over the last few weeks has been able to see how the usual haggling of posts has been done everywhere since the elections.Read more »
In the Comunidad Valencia, Ximo Puig, the President of the Valencian Government, has decided to form a coalition with Compromís and the Valencian Podemos. On 17 June, Vicent Marzà was reappointed Minister of Education. What does this mean for education policy?
Is it okay to laugh about it?
Catalonia split in two: Tabarnia und Lazilandia
I have to admit, I laughed out loud when I saw this picture.
But what's really behind it?Read more »
How the separatists understand laws
Only Catalan, Spanish not wanted
Teachers in the Balearic community of Inca are forced to communicate only in Catalan
German Costa Blanca News reports
An enrichment that splits
Marí Àngels Casas Galán teaches Valenciano in Alicante
Valencia after the elections
The party is always right!
The elders maybe still remember this hymn of praise for the SED (East-German Communist party): „The party, the party, is always right!“ But those who think that only the Stalinists think so must be mistaken. Almost all the Spanish parties, right or left, act on this maxim when it comes to languages.
Who to vote for?
Questionnaire for the local elections 2019
We have sent a questionnaire to the representatives of the 5 parties who stand for the election 2019 for the town hall in Jávea. was polite.
curriculum request in Germany: 65% Low German, 20% Standard German, rest English
Are you nuts?
This seems to be the way to understand the response of the German authorities to my „reasonable“ request, although these exact words were not used and in reality it was polite.
More and more Spaniards are turning to the UN for help
A cry for help from Mallorca
The well-informed are aware of the shortage of doctors in the Balearics, because the knowledge of Catalan is more important to the local government than proof of medical competence. Now several Balearic civil organizations have turned to the UNESCO.
A German witness in the Madrid trial against separatist politicians
B. v. Grünberg, lawyer and social democrat, takes a position
Bernhard von Grünberg, member of the (German) North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament. observed the events surrounding the attempted referendum on 1 October 2017 in Catalonia. He was recently heard as a witness in the trial in Madrid. A reason to ask him some questions.
He did not answer these questions, but he sent an interesting statement, worth to read.
A majority turns to the UN representative for minorities
Situation of the linguistic rights of Spanish speakers
Absurd: Spanish speakers are also in the majority in all autonomous regions with regional co-official languages. Nevertheless, their rights are ignored everywhere. Now they have turned to the UN minority rapporteur for help. Particularly informative is Chapter 3, where the sober facts about the situation are detailed.
About the right to decide
The separatists understand this as the right to secede from the Spanish state. Is this democratic and would this law also apply within a hypothetical state of Catalonia?
CDR tear off street signs and want to annex parts of Aragón
Catalonia is not enough!
The Catalan CDR are now extending their violent actions outside Catalonia. What is behind it?
Has the next step of the strategy of recatalanization begun?
Again and again you hear from separatists,
* that you have to protect the languages,
* that languages are the wealth of a nation,
* that the different languages should have the same rights,
* that languages have the right to take their rightful place in their territory,
* that languages should not be lost,
* that you have to defend languages.
That sounds very plausible at first glance, who is not for equal rights? Let's take a closer look. What is language? Language is a sophisticated tool of human communication in contrast to animal communication, which exists at a rather very low level.
So language is a tool, like a key, a car, a computer. Do tools have rights?
This week, teachers distributed pamphlets to the children, asking their parents to place orders until March 1 for T-shirts intended for a day of festival.
Newspapers amongst others the "Libertad Digital" report that behind the action was the separatist Escola Valenciana, who pomotes these encounters with the intention of persuading the children that they would have to speak Valenciano in future.  That does not sound unlikely, considering that the Valencian government has already sent out a bus staffed by young fanatics telling our kids to use Valenciano instead of their mother language 
I do not know if the teachers were ordered to support the political action of "our" separatist and nationalist Minister of Education. But I wonder, did the teachers use their brains, when they gave out the pamphlets?
Should we, who want the freedom of choice of language in the education of our children, now equip our children with counter-t-shirts, so that the children better recognize during the breaks with whom to start a row? Unbelievable. Already bad enough that Valenciano is imposed upon our children. I'd say, please leave them alone! Don't let them get involved.
Otherwise they end up like many parts of Catalonia's youth that found themselves alone on the streets yesterday during the "big general strike" in Catalonia, where the only adults seemed to be employees of the Catalan government and Government related companies.
 El autobús de la lengua vistia Jávea https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ypihb
Some Catalan politicians are on trial since February 12th 2019, and newspapers around the world carry headlines about this.
It is to be feared that legal arguments will be rolled back and forth, experts will speak out, one knows that. It is clear that the Catalans have no right to secession, that is what really stands for the so-called „right to self-determination“. Again and again, they will mistakenly refer to Spain vs. Catalonia, while in reality it is an intra-Catalan conflict, that is, union or secession.
It is a fear that the real problem will not be debated and that the people affected will not be guaranteed to be heard in this trial, i.e. the people who are affected by the 'procés'. Why is that?
The trial of the Catalan politicians has been postponed until 12 February.
Therefore there is time to prepare thoroughly for the arguments that the Catalan nationalists will produce. Alvaro Peredo has a homepage called piratas & emperadores (pirates and emperors). He refers to the famous journalist and novelist George Orwell quoting an anecdote from the time of Alexander the Great. Alexander has captured a pirate and asks him: "Do you dare to rob on the sea?" To which he replies: "You dare to rob the whole world, I have only a small boat, so you scold me pirate, you have a whole fleet and you call yourself Emperor."
George Orwell, who fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War, is well known to many through his 1984 book (written in 1948), in which he describes a future dictatorship (The Big Brother) that gives words new meanings (war is peace!) and constantly adapts the historiography to the recent requirements of the dictatorship.
Peredo describes in his voluminous document, based on well over 400 sources and quotes, how the Catalan nationalists have reinterpreted word meanings and history in Orwellian style.
The newspapers will be full of reports on legal applications, demonstrations in and out of Barcelona, comments by high-ranking politicians, etc.
Now it is still quiet and therefore a good opportunity to make your own thoughts on the subject. These are mine:
Several newspapers, including Elmundo and The Irish Times, reported yesterday that Playmobil faces a fine of up to € 100,000 for not offering their products on Catalan.Read more »
Since the summer of last year there is a shortage of doctors in the Balearic Islands because of the decree of the local government that all employees in the public health service must be able to speak in Catalan. The Valencian government had previously waived this decree, because they fear a shortage of physicians here, too.
Yesterday, Las Provincias announced that all civil servants/employees managing a Valencian institution must be able to speak Catalan.
Today El Mundo reports that in the Balearic Islands now the judicial staff and lawyers must speak Catalan. This should even apply to the employees of the central government authorities, for which the Balearic government has no authority. This does not take into consideration that the decrees on Catalan language are agianst the law. Not only is the majority of the Balearic people Spanish-speaking, but also the Balearic Statute of Autonomy defines clearly that there are 2 co-official languages, namely Spanish and Catalan.
They also call for the application of §155 in Catalonia, reports El País this morning in the main article.
Much criticism came after our last article: "Beware of Sánchez, the incumbent prime minister!", we would support the far-right. Of course, these critics must now ask themselves, if they would extend this criticism to half of the PSOE voters.
Of course, Sánchez is in an extreme situation, he can only remain in government if he makes compromises with these ultra-right separatist leaders. But these compromises must not be at the expense of the Spanish-speaking majorities in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands.