Jaume Sastre, a teacher at Llucmajor high school in Mallorca, has begun a hunger strike today to demand the government negotiate with the teachers immediately. Sastre, who is a member of the Teachers' Assembly of the Balearic Islands, wants to demonstrate the rejection of the general education community to the government of Spanish Nationalist José Ramon Bauza, who remains determined to implement the controversial trilingualism decree and to crack down on striking teachers. The struggle of the Balearics' teachers began in September last year with a three-week strike and a mass demonstration in Mallorca. Teachers in the islands have always said yes to trilingualism, and believe as many languages kids may learn, the better. But this decree reduces the teaching of Catalan language (which is the own language of the Balearic islands) which is seriously threatened by Spanish government in the Islands.
Mr Sastre is staying at Sa Casa Llarga, a center for the socially excluded. Both Mr Sastre and the Teachers' Assembly hold a press conference yesterday to give details. We will keep informing.
In 2012 education community in the Balearic islands also started a Hunger strike to defend the Catalan language, which HC followed.
|Pic taken at the school where Mr Sastre was teaching|