Spain: Teachers march in defence of Catalan language

An estimated 8,000 demonstrators marched through Barcelona on Saturday in defence of the Catalan teaching model against what they see as attacks from the Spanish government of language immersion. Prominent figures from the independence movement, including current and former presidents of the Catalan Parliament Roger Torrent and Carme Forcadell, respectively, were present among the demonstrators... Еще. The crowd heard speeches from various demonstrators and a performance by rapper Valtonyc, who was recently sentenced to three and a half years in jail for «insulting the crown and exalting terrorism.» Nationalists defends the Catalan language as an essential part of the region's cultural heritage. The Spanish government believes language immersion is being used to ferment separatism.

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