By Sarah Keane • 17 December 2020 • 14:29
LOCALS come out in force to show their support for the harassed owner of an Italian restaurant in Spain’s Barcelona
Michela, owner of Italian eatery The Marinella on the popular Carrer del Clot in Barcelona, has suffered a barrage of abuse both online and in person after a customer accused her of not serving him because he spoke Catalan. The situation came to a head on Friday, December 11 when Michela found graffiti scrawled on the walls of her restaurant reading “Speak Catalan or emigrate.”
A native of Italy, Michela explained to ABC that she speaks Spanish and is learning Catalan: “People think that I do not respect the Catalan language or the Catalans, and it is a lie; I love living here, I want to live here and I want to learn Catalan, the point is that you have to give someone time to learn.”
However, now the restaurant has experienced an outpouring of support from locals.
“We are not all like that,” said one couple.
“The pizza boycott has backfired,” joked another customer.
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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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