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The Spanish National Police Force apply the “Gagging Act” to a cyclist for speaking to them in Valencian

Jafet Pinedo reported the officers for abuse of power, false arrest, verbal aggression and false allegations

The officers' trial, set for this morning, could not be held because they failed to appear

Plataforma per la Llengua is advising and supporting the victim More info about "The Spanish National Police Force apply the “Gagging Act” to a cyclist for speaking to them in Valencian"

Plataforma per la Llengua warns of the language situation in school playgrounds and invites the education community to begin a national campaign

Only 14.6% of conversations in primary and secondary school playgrounds in urban areas of Catalonia are in Catalan, as the organisation announced a few weeks ago

"What's at stake isn't just the language, it is, above all, social cohesion," warns Òscar Escuder, chairman of Plataforma per la Llengua

"A high percentage of teenagers don't see Catalan as an attractive, useful tool belonging to them," warns the Catalan NGO

"The state of the language requires us to act on all possible fronts," says Escuder More info about "Plataforma per la Llengua warns of the language situation in school playgrounds and invites the education community to begin a national campaign"

Only two out of every ten Catalan-speakers feel secure speaking their language in front of a Spanish-speaking judge

This is just one of the statistics from InformeCAT 2019, a compilation of 50 pieces of data on the position of Catalan, presented by Plataforma per la Llengua on 20th June

"The position of the language, in terms of social use and linguistic rights, is worrying," says Òscar Escuder, chairman of Plataforma per la Llengua

Unemployment among Spanish-speakers who use Catalan is half what it is among those who don't regularly speak it More info about "Only two out of every ten Catalan-speakers feel secure speaking their language in front of a Spanish-speaking judge"

Spanish Treasury orders staff not to provide telephone service in Catalan

The Spanish Tax Agency has reminded its staff, via the intranet, that "we will never provide" the option to be addressed in a co-official language

A Treasury employee has reported this to Plataforma per la Llengua, who will take the case to the Council of Europe

"Whether the PP or PSOE is in power, the State is very clear: Catalans pay taxes as first-class citizens, but we are treated as second-class citizens", insists the Catalan-language NGO More info about "Spanish Treasury orders staff not to provide telephone service in Catalan"

Exiled Catalan President, Mr. Carles Puigdemont, enters the European Parliament for the first time since he is in Belgium for the opening ceremony of the exhibition “The Catalan Language: 10 million European voices”

The exhibition organized by Plataforma per la Llengua (Platform for the Catalan Language) had been previously censored and banned by the Chamber, although it was subsequently authorized.

"This is not just a matter of linguistic rights, it's about rights in general: freedom and democracy is at stake" stated Mr. Puigdemont

Exiled Ministers Ms. Serret, Mr. Comín, Mr. Puig and Ms. Ponsati also attended the event together with MEPs of all parliamentary groups and representatives of civil society

"We just want to have the same rights that speakers of other European languages have" insisted Mr. Òscar Escuder, president of the Plataforma per la Llengua More info about "Exiled Catalan President, Mr. Carles Puigdemont, enters the European Parliament for the first time since he is in Belgium for the opening ceremony of the exhibition “The Catalan Language: 10 million European voices”"

European Parliament rectifies and authorises censored Plataforma per la Llengua exhibition on Catalan language

Following negotiations by teams representing MEP Ramon Tremosa and the Catalan NGO, the European Parliament has finally lifted the ban on the exhibition

"The Catalan Language: 10 million voices" will be unveiled on 4 March, as planned

"It was the only possible outcome: it is unheard of for the European Parliament to ban an exhibition on a European language", explained Òscar Escuder, President of Plataforma per la Llengua More info about "European Parliament rectifies and authorises censored Plataforma per la Llengua exhibition on Catalan language"

European Parliament also censors Plataforma per la Llengua exhibition on Catalan language

The Catalan NGO, invited by MEP Tremosa, was due to unveil the exhibition entitled "The Catalan Language: 10 million voices" on 4 March

The European Parliament has cancelled the display, following various censorships of its content, citing the proximity of the Spanish elections as its excuse

"This is a new case of censorship by an institution which should be a great defender of freedom of expression: we do not identify with this way of understanding the European Union", states Òscar Escuder, President of Plataforma per la Llengua

A conference on Catalonia by Ortega Smith, Secretary General of VOX, is scheduled for 6 March at the European Parliament, and this has not been censored More info about "European Parliament also censors Plataforma per la Llengua exhibition on Catalan language"

“No more anti-Catalanism”: Plataforma per la Llengua denounces the impunity of linguistic discrimination

The NGO of the Catalan language has received over 155 complaints of serious linguistic discrimination by the Public Administration since 2007, 23 of which have taken place in 2018

The Organization will put forward an action plan to Spanish President Pedro Sánchez

Òscar Escuder, President of Plataforma per la Llengua: "If the Spanish government does not act, it will be complicit in the discrimination we are suffering"

The website www.proudecatalanofobia.cat will collect signatures and send thousands of letters to the Spanish Government. More info about "“No more anti-Catalanism”: Plataforma per la Llengua denounces the impunity of linguistic discrimination"