Welsh Language Activist Released from Prison

On Nov. 25th, 2009 Welsh language activist Osian Jones was imprisoned for 28 days for his part in local campaigns to promote the use of the Welsh language – Cymraeg or Gymraeg.  He is an organizer for Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society), a Welsh language rights organization headquartered in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.  Jones had been fined over £1,000 for participating in campaigns of slogan painting, and stickering to exert pressure against a number of large businesses that refused to use Cymraeg in their advertising and signage.  “Ble Mae’r Gymraeg?” (Where’s the Welsh?) was one of the favorite slogans tattooed along superstore walls in Llangefni, Bangor, and Caernarfon.

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