Language rally on bridge
2:15pm Saturday 1st February 2014 in News
Language activists held a rally to unveil banners on Cardigan bridge over the weekend to urge the Welsh Government to change its policies to ensure the Welsh language thrives.
This comes as part of a series of symbolic campaigns in response to the reduction in Welsh speakers revealed by the latest census - Welsh speakers in Ceredigion fell below the 50% mark for the first time.
Cen Llwyd from Cymdeithas yr Iaith commented:
“Over a year since the Census results, changes in Government policy which will enable everyone to live their lives in Welsh are long overdue. Despite a full year of letter writing, holding meetings, taking part in conferences and endless discussions with the Government, it appears to us by now, that civil disobedience, and positive action is the only way of ensuring Carwyn Jones and the Government act.”
At the Cardigan rally on Prince Charles Quay,, Cen Llwyd of Cymdeithas yr Iaith explained the campaign, Richard Vale spoke of the importance of the language in the area and Peter Gillibrand told the crowd what it would mean for young people if the Government acted positively for the Welsh language.
Dewi Pws, who closed the rally by leading peope in singing the national anthem, said:
"I like speaking Welsh. I would be delighted if all of us in Wales could speak Welsh. To me it's an honour, and I would like it if the Government worked to giving the same honour to everyone."