Forced use of Valenciana language in schools causes outrage

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RIGHT TO CHOOSE: The protest in Valencia on May 6.

INTERNATIONAL expatriates are heading for a showdown with the Generalitat Valenciana.

A march protesting the regional council’s decision to make the Valenciana language compulsory in schools by 2019 will take place in Alicante at 7pm tomorrow, Friday, with thousands expected to attend.

The controversial plan is to be introduced in junior schools this year, with secondaries to follow over the next two academic cycles.

Kristin Tennebø, a Norwegian mum whose three children were born in Spain, has become heavily involved.

“We want to have the right to be able to choose the official language of Spain and secondmost widely spoken in the world for our children,” she told the Euro Weekly News.

“My daughter is going to start school now and she is not going to learn any Spanish.

“Further down the coast many schools have chosen the most basic option but here in Altea, they have had the most intensive pushed onto them.

“We’ve had no information from the schools, councils, or regional authority and people are a bit afraid about what’s going on.”

Having appeared in local Spanish press, Kristin has been threatened with physical violence as tensions rise.

Kristin is encouraging all parents with children in Spanish schools to attend the protest, which has been organised by a coalition of citizens’ groups.

It will leave from the IES Jorge Juan school in Alicante City and end in front of the regional council’s offices.

Walkers will be provided with placards and need to turn up before 7pm.

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