Protection Of Catalan Language Strengthens Pro-Independence In Catalonia

As the Catalan language was banned under the Franco dictatorship in Spain, Catalan people have felt strongly about keeping the language going despite the censorship. Since democracy returned to Spain in the 1970’s, a lot of money and effort has been put into protecting the Catalan language. Tourists today will note that Catalan is spoken everywhere in Spain’s second city Barcelona, for instance, and that even adverts, menus and traffic signs there are all in the Catalan language.

According to Catalonia’s law, teachers, doctors and public sector workers must use Catalan. Even primary and secondary school education is taught in Catalan with the Spanish language being taught as an additional language. There has been a push for the Spanish government to allow a referendum for independence, and it seems that pro-independence is what most Catalans want. ‘Recent polls show more than half of Catalans want to break away from Spain, the highest level in history’.

Famous Catalans include architect Antoni Gaudí and painters Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

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