Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lopez Starts Campaign Against Euskara

The Spanish government assigned to rule the Basque Autonomous Community is using an ill intentioned euphemism ("harmonious coexistence") to kick start its violent campaign against the Basque language.

Francisco Javier Lopez's Government looks likely to suspend measures previously taken to establish Euskera (the Basque language) as the primary language of education in the Basque Country.

The new Spanish government allegedly supports bilingual education as opposed to giving greater importance to Basque in the classroom. For this reason, Lopez's administration will look to repeal the laws adopted by previous governments that established Euskera as the primary language of learning, explained Oskar Perez at the Basque Superior Court of Justice.

The Education Department went on the stress its desire to impose Castillian (known as Spanish around the world) just like in Franco's times, with total disregard towards Basque, an official language, setting the conditions for the dominance of the language imposed to the Basques over the one they have spoken for thousands of years. Is strange that a so called "democratic state" takes measures to remove spaces for the development of a language spoken by a few in order to impose a language spoken by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

We need to remember now that Spain conducted genocidal campaigns during its colonial period which is the reason why so many individuals have Castillian as their mother tongue today, and that is exactly what took place when Castille invaded Nabarra (Navarre), the Basque kingdom.

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1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. I understand that "model D" primarily in Basque language is dominant mostly because parents demand it (as is the only model that actually guarantees a bilingual education). Parents who wish their children to be in other models (A: mostly in Spanish, B: half and half) normally have no problem whatsoever. Just that they are minority.

    So what is this self-proclaimed lehendakari López going to do in practical terms?