Three activists fighting for Welsh language rights, two women and a man in their twenties, were arrested today by police in Wales after they painted slogans on a local government building demanding greater equality for Welsh-speaking citizens from the devolved government in Cardiff. From the Daily Post newspaper:
“Three campaigners have spray painted the Welsh Government offices in Aberystwyth this morning in a language protest about an alleged lack of support for the Welsh language.
Cymdeithas yr Iaith is blaming the First Minister’s “lack of action in response to the Census results”.
The activists’ organisation said that they painted slogans including pleas for “Addysg Gymraeg i Bawb” (Welsh-medium education for all) on the wall of the Welsh Government building in the town at 7:45am.
The society says that the protest is part of a general Cymdeithas campaign to put pressure on the Labour Government to act urgently in light of crisis facing the Welsh language.
Dyfed Powys Police said: “Police confirm that three people were arrested following an incident in the Welsh Assembly buildings in Aberystwyth this morning.”
On March 7, a dozen Welsh language campaigners chained themselves to a fence outside the same government offices in protest against an alleged lack of support for the Welsh language.
They struck in Aberystwyth in a four hour protest. Police were at the scene but said the event was peaceful.
It follows a similar protest in February at the Welsh Government’s offices in Llandudno Junction.”