Friday, 25 May 2012

Austria: Turkish Colonists Complain About Bans on Speaking Turkish


According to a story in the Austrian edition of Today's Zaman, several schools in Austria have instituted bans on speaking Turkish, not only during class or when addressing teachers, but anywhere within the school precincts. This is to encourage the children to learn German and to allow teachers to intervene outside of classes if inappropriate language is being used or an argument is developing.

Some Turkish colonist children have been aggressively defying the ban, however. One stood in the playground, yelling continuously in Turkish and was eventually punished. This provoked an angry reaction from the Turkish colonist community which insisted that the use of Turkish in the school area should not be a punishable offence as using their language was a human right and constituted an essential element of their identity.

Source: Vorarlberg Online Via: SOS Heimat

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