BARCELONA – Several thousand people took part Saturday afternoon in a demonstration called in Barcelona in defense of the language immersion model in Catalan schools.
The educational community, under the banners of the Som Escola platform and the majority USTEC teachers union, called this demonstration in favor of the Catalan educational system and against the government’s intention to also include Spanish as a teaching language in Catalan schools.
The protest, under a banner with the slogan “The unifying, democratic and Catalan school is not afraid,” set off around 2:15 pm from the intersection of Pau Claris Street and Ronda de Sant Pere and was to end at Parc du Nord, where a performance was scheduled by rapper Valtonyc, who was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for crimes of promoting terrorism, threats, slander and serious harm to the crown.
Also taking part in the demonstration, which began a little late due to the rain, was the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, and political leaders of all parties except for the Catalan Popular Party (PPC) and the pro-Spanish unity party Ciudadanos.
Leading the march were representatives of the educational community like Roger Torrent, ANC Vice President Agusti Alcoberro, and Omnium Cultural Vice President Marcel Mauri.
Others attending the protest were former Catalan parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell, former Education Counselor Irene Rigau and political leaders like Esther Niubo (PSC), Eduard Pujol and Josep Costa (Together for Catalonia), Bernat Soler and Ernest Maragall (ERC), and David Companyon and Dolors Sabater (Comuns).