Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Cymdeithas yr Iaith

…de la BBC:

The Saunders Lewis radio lecture 'Tynged yr Iaith' in February 1962 highlighted the decline of the Welsh language and led to the setting up in 1963 of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, the Welsh Language Society.

The group resolved to use non-violent action to draw attention to the plight of the language.

The first protest was at Trefechan bridge in Aberystwyth on 23 February 1963. Individual members protested against English-only forms and summonses, and were imprisoned for non-payment of fines.

These actions would help change attitudes towards the language, until Welsh was given equal status with English...

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