By Sarah Keane • 13 December 2020 • 12:00
OWNER of an Italian restaurant in Spain’s Barcelona harassed for not speaking Catalan
Michela, who owns Italian eatery The Marinella on Carrer del Clot in Barcelona, went to open her restaurant on Friday, December 11 and discovered “33. Speak Catalan or emigrate. In Catalonia in Catalan” scrawled on the wall in graffiti. 33 is a number associated with the Catalan national extreme right.
The owner told El Pais that the nightmare began on December 4 when a customer asked her to address him in Catalan. When she asked him to speak more slowly so she could understand him, Michela claims the man became irate. He then followed up with a series of Twitter posts about the encounter, and Michela says she has received a number of threatening calls.
Jaume Collboni, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council, wrote a message on Twitter to show solidarity with her: “Filling premises with xenophobic graffiti like these can never be the way. All my support to the owner of the Marinella restaurant before the hate messages she is receiving”. David Cid, deputy of the Commons, claimed that the harassment of The Marinella is “fascism.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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