Friday, October 2, 2015

October 1962

In October of 1962 Cymdeithas Yr Iaith, or the Welsh Language Society held a protest which stopped traffic on a bridge in Aberystwyth, which is a port town in the middle part of West Wales. Between 1970 and 1972 Cymdeithas supporters made a habit of dumping English only road signs on the steps of the Welsh Office in Cathays Park in the Great City of Cardiff. Some made a point of wearing suits and ties as they did so, and happy to be arrested by the constabulary. Cymdeithas publishes a magazine which used to be called the "The Dragons Tongue."

A great many society members and supporters were jailed or fined. In the United Kingdom it's been called the biggest protest movement since the Suffragettes. The thing about it was, men and women gathered around the idea of a cultural heritage embodied by the Welsh Language. Sure there was politics and ambitions, yet the idea was and still is beautiful. Welsh Princes climbed television towers for Welsh Language Tax returns and Welsh Language Post Office Signs, and I guess Welsh language McDonalds menus. And the other wonderful thing about it was, it really irritated the English Establishment.

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