[lg policy] Barcelona - 300 traders protest over fines imposed for not labelling their goods in Catalan

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Tue Feb 2 15:43:00 UTC 2010

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Barcelona - 300 traders protest over fines imposed for not labelling
their goods in Catalan

About 300 people gathered today at the Place de la Església Arenys de
Mar to show their revulsion at the language policy of the Government,
which provides penalties for merchants who do not label goods in their
windows in Catalan. The event was convened by the Coordinator for a
Catalunya with liberty. No fines for language, consisting of Agora
Socialist Association for Tolerance, C's, Promotion Watch, and the
Catalan PP UPyD, and fined traders also attended. The protest was
especially poignant for the owner of a property in this locality,
Xurde Rocamundi, who was fined 1,200 euros for refusing to change the
language of the labels in his establishment.

Rocamundi explained that when he received notification of the
Government urging him to change his display labels, he chose not to,
claiming that we live "in a bilingual society. months later he
received what he calls the "discriminatory" penalty. The president of
the Catalan PP, Alicia Sánchez Camacho, also attended the event.
In her view, this is a standard "unacceptable and outrageous" and
added that if in the next election for president of the Generalitat it
will play a decisive role, as in the Basque country to defend "freedom
and equality" for Castilian and Catalan. For his part, President of
C's, Albert Rivera, considered that the Government is more concerned
that traders labelled in Catalan "that to get them out of the crisis."
He therefore reiterated that if the parties want his support after the
elections they will repeal this legislation.

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