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Catalunya fines shops whose signs are not in Catalán
thinkSPAIN , Monday, March 14, 2011

CATALUNYA'S regional government slapped 205 fines on shops and other business premises last year for not having their signs in Catalán.

“It is not normal that we have to constantly remind people that in Catalunya we have two official languages, and that the people of Catalunya have the right to express themselves both in Catalán and in Castilian Spanish,” says the secretary-general of the PP party, Jordi Cornet, who calls the fines 'a democratic shame'.

Cornet has called for the regional government to stop handing out fines, which he said look set to reach around 900,000 euros during its term of office.

In Barcelona alone, 98 fines were handed out, reaching a total of over 82,000 euros.

The overall total of cash clawed back by the regional government is at least 100,000 euros more than this, with the majority of fines handed out being in the El Barcelonés district in the Barcelona province.

Cornet says the fines are 'discriminatory' and 'do not respect people's freedom'.

The photograph shows a supermarket in Catalunya.

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