Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Putting Reunification on the Political Agenda


Two Breton groups are intent on putting the issue of Breton reunification on the political agenda this weekend, by organising a mass demonstration in the city of Naoned/Nantes.

This Saturday (27th February 2010) people are being urged to travel to Nantes from all over Breizh/Brittany to take part in a `Freque Humaine'. Bretagne Réunie and 44=BZH want to show politicians that the issue of Breton reunification should be firmly on the political agenda ahead of next month's regional elections.

The groups says that they are determined to get more political parties coming out in support of Breton reunification as part of their election campaign and want to start a debate on the issue in the run up to elections:

"Concernant les élections régionales, plusieurs partis politiques affichent leur volonté de réunifier la Bretagne mais d'autres restent sans voix devant la volonté populaire.

"Bretagne Réunie et 44=Breizh veulent imposer le débat sur la réunification afin que les candidats se déterminent sur ce dossier."

During the afternoon and evening there will be bands and a DJ and the mood of the day is expected to be festive. A bus will be travelling through Breizh picking people up to take them to the demonstration.
The demonstration comes in the wake of a court case against two well known Breton reunification activists on 1st February in Nantes. The two accused, Alan Haye and Jonathan William, are suspected of public disorder offences after police harassed them and their families while at a cafe in Naoned last year.

According to Reuters news agency 65% of voters in the French regional elections will be voting on local issues and 80% wanted the Paris government to take account of the vote in setting state wide policy.

Link: http://www.bretagne-reunie.org/

This article prepared for Celtic News by Rhisiart Tal-e-bot General Secretary Celtic League. For follow-up comment or clarification contact:

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CL News Letter

23/02/10

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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Breton in the British media

Learning the real local lingo can be child's play.

An extract:

Naomi Gray is like many British children in that when she gets home from school, she loves to lose herself in a Harry Potter book. What makes her different is that she will have chatted to her school friends in French on the bus home, and have spent her day with them learning her lessons in Breton.

She's the daughter of Jane and Dug Gray, a translator and stone-mason who live in Finistère, the heart of Celtic Brittany. They have opted not to bring up their three children bilingually in French and English, but trilingually, by enrolling them in Brittany's educational system, Diwan, whereby all lessons, bar English and French, are taught in Breton.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Labour Unions for Stateless Nations

Added today is a link to the -Plateforme des Syndicats des Nations sans Etat- an organisation that regroups labour unions from stateless nations around the world.

For example from Brittany we have the Sindikad Labourerien Breizh. I believe a trade union -UNDEB- exists that is closely connected to Plaid Cymru? Is there room for a Cornish labour union to push for the rights of Cornwall's workers along with greater self-determination?

It should be noted that these unions have nothing to do with the ethnically exclusive unions from the far right.
A Cornish trade union should fight for the rights of ALL workers within the territory of the Duchy without exception.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Aberfest 2010

Breton and Cornish exchanges of all sorts need to be promoted the above being just one example.

The website for the festival is here: Aberfest.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Breizhistance rallies to Europe Ecologie Bretagne

Breton unity grows!

As an update to this post on the forthcoming French state regional elections, Breizhistance -the Socialist Party of Brittany- has announced that it will be adding its support to Europe Ecologie Bretagne (EEB).

This will see Breizhistance campaigning alongside the UDB, Greens and various other personalities from the Breton and French left.

Two Brezhistance members, Morgane Cotten and Lionel Henry, will be presented on the electoral list of EEB.

DotBZH

The campaign for a BZH (Breizh) top level domain name has moved to a new website which can be visted here: PointBZH.

Lets hope the DotKER campaign gets on the move again soon too.

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