Lost in translation in Valencia

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Lost in translation in Valencia
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT: Antoni accompanied by a Plataforma per la Llengua member have request an enquiry Photo credit: Plataforma per la Llengua

PLATAFORMA PER LA LLENGUA, an association for the defence of Valenciano, has complained about the Guardia Civil’s “Valencianophobia”

“On February 2, Antoni was driving in Almassora (Valencia) when two Guardia Civil officers stopped him,” an association statement explained.

“They asked to see his driving licence, the car’s papers and looked inside his backpack.”

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At this point Antoni began to speak to them in Valenciano but the officers told him he had to speak Spanish, he said afterwards.

According to the Plataforma statement, he explained that he was entitled to answer them in either of the region’s two official languages, Spanish or Valenciano.

Allegedly, the officers then referred to the Constitution, putting his own rights into question.


“Antoni renounced his right to express himself in Valenciano and continued in Spanish,” the Plataforma said, while calling on the Guardia Civil to establish procedures for using Valenciano to avoid similar situations.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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