Note: The hashtags referenced in this article are #somescola and #ANCat. #somescola translates into #WeAreSchool, while #ANCat is for tweets supporting Catalan independence from Spain.
Once again, the debate over language in Catalonia has heavily occupied the blogosphere, after the Spanish Supreme Court's recent ruling [cat] that nullifies linguistic immersion for children between three and six-years-old. Linguistic immersion has been the educational model that guarantees proficiency in Catalan for native speakers of other languages.
Certain online commentaries highlight a strong sentiment among diverse sectors of Catalonian citizens that the ruling was the latest in a series of attacks on the Catalan language by the Spanish government, which has arguably contributed to rising support for secession among voters. Querbosch, on his blog El Mont [cat], asserted that the Supreme Court's ruling will do nothing more than solidify the possibility of independence:
Així que ja poden començar a prohibir el Català, que així començarem més aviat a costruir l'Estat català.
Ramon Farré, also wrote about the case on his blog, Coca de recapte [cat]:
Altre cop el Suprem torna a sentenciar en contra del català. Així de clar. Sense subterfugis. La sentència afegeix una nova càrrega a l’ús normal del català a l’aula. I de l’aula, a la societat.
Aside from blogs, the Court's decision has made way for a surge of passion on Twitter, with the new hashtag #somescola (#WeAreSchool), defending the use of the language in Catalonia's schools:
@Nuriastorch Els resultats de les PAU demostren la igualtat de condicions en què hi arriben alumnes catalanoparlants i castellanoparlants #somescola
Public opinion seems to be in step with the many Catalan bloggers and tweeters who expressed anger at the ruling. The Centre d'Estudis d'Opinó's (Center for Opinion Studies) most recent public opinion poll [cat] indicates that 51% of respondents support independence for Catalonia, the first time in decades that a plurality of voters responded this way.