Right Worshipful deputies of Wales, Right Worshipful Grand Bard and Deputy of Cornwall, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Honourable Deputy from the Brittany Region, Dear Friends. Welcome to everybody at the Open Gorsedd today.

I also wish to salute the families of the persons murdered in Nice by a religious fanatic. Children, ordinary people have been mercilessly crushed and shot down. The Prime Minister has called for national unity. His voice won’t be more heard, I’m afraid, than he himself heard the voice of the people who were recently demonstrating in the streets. A world of violence is also unfortunately a world of the deaf.

Here, at San Kaduan, we’re celebrating our annual meeting once again. I’d like to thank our Arouezvarzh for coping with the clearing of the stone-circle. Anyway I hope we’ll be more numerous to do the job next year. I wish to thank Brittany Region and President Le Drian for their precious aid this year again.

A referendum was organized in the UK in June whether to leave or to remain in the UE. I was disappointed with the results, for, in my opinion, it isn’t a good thing either for the country or for Europe. But I respect the majority of the British people on this vote.

The first thing I’d like to say to our brothers and sisters in Wales and in Cornwall is that our Gorseddau did exist before the UE. The links between us and the Welsh and the Cornish peoples existed pretty well even before there was some talk of Europe. We opened up the way !

Two years ago at the Breton Open Gorsedd in Arzano and then at the Cornish one, I had thanked Wales and Cornwall for helping the Breton refugees fleeing from the Germans in 1940 and in the following years. We don’t forget either the delegation from the Eisteddfod coming to visit the prisons of the French State where many good Bretons had been confined after WW2. These people had remained faithful to their country and they hadn’t all supported the Nazis, far from it !

Hundred years ago, British blood was shed together with Breton blood and blood of other nations on the banks of the Somme river. This was recently celebrated with solemnity. Brothers and sisters we were before the Brexit, brothers ans sisters still we are after the Brexit and that’s good ! Our will to leave in peace with the other peoples in this world won’t be altered !

I am scared and I feel disgusted when I hear that there had been a 57 percent rise in hate crime complaints after the results of the referendum. Racism is a poison and a shame everywhere in the world. We must all stand up against this infamy.

Her members will have to think about the way they’re building Europe, a big market is not an end in itself, for citizenship means more than a golden-lettered inscription on a passport hard-cover. A corpus of rights and a real participation in the democratic life are far better than the respect of some technocratic and technical rules, all made for the benefit of big companies but not of citizens.

And some day we’ll have to vote for a true democratic government in Europe.

Are European states ready to agree to such a step ?

What will the EU reply to the Scottish people if they choose independence ?

Can Europe really continue like this ?

Let’s hope that wisdom eventually may win the day !

And now back on this side of the Channel !

We were all feeling very Corsican after the regional elections when both presidents of the Corsican Assemblies made a speech in Corsican. We immediately heard the Jacobins screeching by turns. But like Tangi Malmanche, we found it « suitable, as one says, to bark with the dog, to howl with the wolf and to speak Breton in Brittany ! »

For Breton must be an official language in Brittany as well. It is not up to the French State to grant the right or to deprive us from it, I mean the right to speak our language on all occasions in everyday or public life. Disobeying the linguistic rules of the Republic’s Talibans is a must and also a choice and a duty for us for we are all equal inside this Republic ! We are not people of a lower rank !

When France refuses the use of our language in public life, she demonstrates that she’s still a colonialist state. When she proclaims that she’s the motherland of Human Rights, this is only a poor jingoistic bragging ! We the peoples of metropolitan France, we can’t believe them as we are the ones that are subjected to this pack of lies.

Politics will throw people into confusion next year, every party trying to outmatch their opponents. I hope Bretons will have confidence in their ability to put their future forward !

Long live Brittany, long live our Gorseddau, long live Fraternity between Wales, Cornwall and Brittany !

The government has presented a draft constitutional amendment called “Protection of the Nation” to the Council of Ministers of 23 December 2015. This text now submitted to the National Assembly focuses on two points:

         – Registration of the state of emergency in the Constitution

         – Forfeiture of French nationality for having acquired dual nationality.

 

On the first point, the insertion of a new Article 36-1 will guard against any constitutional challenge on new repressive measures not expressly provided for by the Act of 3 April 1955. In addition, the scope is very wide and may be justified even, for example  by the occurrence of a natural disaster! There is a great  risk, in any case, of create an exceptional regime which is detrimental to our civil liberties. The planned provisions allow any government with a parliamentary majority to renew the state of emergency extension without limit!

 

On the second point, entrenched  nationality has returned to abandon Civil Law and to politicise its  allocation or forfeiture, an unfortunate sign of allegiance to the ideas of the extreme right. The only legal precedents in this area date back to the Vichy regime, which is a devastating shameful symbol while   claiming this  displays a defence of republican values ! The French choice to sanction on the basis of  previous background, if not ethnicity, is an extremely serious violation of the equality of all citizens, and thus a violation of republican principles.

 

The Gorsedd of Brittany asks, while also recognizing that the Breton or Corsican people are locked in by the principle of the unity of the French people, how can the government seek to apply a measure that defeats that same principle ? The question could be seen as a provocation but we must still ask:

 

Would Racism a la francaise be at the head of the State ?

A Quimper December 29, 2015

Per Vari Kerloc’h

Grand Druid of Brittany

The Gorsedd, Fraternity of Druids, Bards and Ovates of Britanny, salutes the use of the Corsican language in the Assembly of Corsica since the establishment of the new regional institutions ordered on the 13th December past.

The new Corsican Authorities have taken the liberty to issue ballots to affirm that Corsican and the French language are of equal status officially, provoking immediately an almost habitual panic in French|Jacobin quarters.

The Gorsedd notes that no action of this kind has been undertaken within the Regional Council of Brittany in the languages of our region during the installation of the new team in Rennes.

The Gorsedd is even more surprised as contained in the answers to questions it asked the candidate Le Drian, (available on our website) it was told that the Regional Council had “in 2004 adopted unanimously a resolution officially recognizing Breton and Gallo as languages of Brittany alongside the French language “(sic).

The Gorsedd regrets that this fine resolution has at last gone unheeded, and will probably result in an extension of the current state of emergency as expressed by the hidden Democratic Republican national front decreed in Paris.

More than ever the use of languages ​​in Brittany in the public sphere remains an act of emancipation that still awaits a measure of courage on the part of our elected Bretons.

At Quimper 21 December 2015  

Per Vari Kerloc’h 

Grand Druide de Bretagne.

 

Following the murders on the 13th of November 2015 in Paris, the Gorsedd of Brittany condemns the barbarous slaughter by individuals who have carried out these abominable crimes against innocent people . We express our complete solidarity with the victims and with their families.

We denounce this destabilising attack on democratic life by religious fanatics who are usurping the right of the self expression of, or action in the name of all Muslims with the apparent intention of stirring up hatred and igniting a civil war in France.

For all that the Gorsedd cannot accept that the imposition of the State of Emergency and the prolongation of it, decreed by the Government, results in the restriction of democratic expression and in the permanent military control of public life which would finally enact Sharia law on behalf of the terrorists.

The Gorsedd urges humanist societies, and democratic parties, in passing to question the real meaning of these Franco-French incantations based on Authoritarian Republican Jacobin dogma and presented as a miracle cure for the deep wound suffered today by France for the second time since the beginning of the year.

Can we, for example, babble on about the universality of “republican values” because the three words that summarize this were pronounced in French by President Barack Obama? It is in this kind of language that those who shot the victims expressed themselves, so revealing the dramatic failure of the French Republic in the integration of and adhesion to these same values by a second or third generation of French Citizens ?

A Stigma is displayed by politicians toward French diversity in all its forms, which includes the recently manoeuvered sneaky way they buried the ratification of the European Charter for Regional Languages, should this not be called to account today to explain the rejection of democratic practice and the flight into radicalism manifested by some lost children of French society.

At Quimper 16 November 2015
Per Vari Kerloc’h
Grand Druid of Brittany

 

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Demat deoc’h,

Ho trugarekaat a ran evit ho koulennoù ouzh hol listennad Trawalc’h, Breizh Dizalc’h (Notre Chance, l’Indépendance).
Kerkent ha degemeret ganin fenoz, emaon o vont da respont deoc’h, pa ouzer ez eo anezho ar savboentoù unvan embannet gant tud hol listennad ha n’eo ket kement-mañ ma soñj din-me hepken.

Goulenn kentaň

Petra eo ho sonj da gas adunvanidigezh Breizh da benn ?

Harpañ kement intrudu a vez evit adunaniezh Breizh diouzh un tu met skoulmañ liammoù strishoc’h gant bed an armerzh, ar sevenadur ha kement tachenn zo e Breizh a-bezh, hep gortoz an disterañ tra digant Stad-C’hall.
Ne c’houlennimp tra digant Frañs, ne c’hortozimp ket disoc’hoù ur vouezhiadeg bennak pa ouzer e vez touellet an dud abaoe bloavezhioù dre ur propaganda diwar arc’hant o zailhoù, hogen sevel evit gwir war an dachenn gant ar strollegezhioù foran ne lavaromp ket. Skoulmañ darempredoù, lakaat 5 departamant Breizh en hor c’hehentiñ, gounid gallout e Liger-Atlantel, skoazellañ an embregerezhioù a embann bezañ e Breizh e Liger-Atlantel, kas war-raok sevenadur Breizh eno… pep tra gwirion zo mat d’ober.
Mont a ra adunvaniezh hor bro a-gevret gant he dieubidigezh en diwezh.

Eil goulenn

Petra vo ho politikerezh e keñver ar brezhoneg hag ar gallaoueg ?
Daoust ha miret e vo ganeoc’h Ofis ar Brezhoneg ?

Ezhomm zo eus Ofis ar Brezhoneg evit studiañ hol lec’hanvadurezh, kelaouiñ hag ambrougañ an dilennidi a zo vont pazenn ha pazenn war vrezhonekaat ho kumun, lakaat hor yezh war ar panelloù hag er vuhez foran dre vras.
Hogen, ouzhpenn da se ez eo ret goprañ tud, brezhonegerien pe gallaouegerien anezho, er melestradur. Ne goustfe ket keroc’h. Bevañ a ra ur yezh pa vez arvaret er vuhez pemdez. Kement-se zo bet kollet e Breizh, ar yezhoù a rank dont da vezañ re ar gevredigezh en-dro.
E kement skol zo e tleomp reiñ an tu d’an holl skolidi, skolajidi, liseidi ha studierien da zeskiñ hor yezh ha studial anezhi a-dost. Ur yalc’had arc’hant a harpo an embregerezhioù a fell dezho stummañ o implijidi. An ensavadurioù stummañ an oadourien a vefe skoazellet war un dro.

Trede goulenn

Daoust hag en ne zlefe ket ar Rannvro kaout ar gwir o pellaat ur gwir-all a benn ofisielaat yezhoù Breizh ?

Evit-se e rankfe ar Rannvro kaout ur budjed brasoc’h (hini kêr Roazhon an hini eo d’an ampoent) da vezañ efedus. Dre vont war-zu Breizh dizalc’h e krogo ar Stad da souzañ ha da leuskel un nebeud gwenneien eus hon tailhoù ha gounidoù dimp moarvat. Trawalc’h eo kaout ul listennad dizalc’hourien evit treiñ an holl strolladoù politikel gall e kostezennoù emrenerien endev ! Anat deoc’h koulskoude, n’hallimp lakaat ur gwir bolitikerezh yezh e pleustr nemet pa vo ur gwir vodad Breizh e penn hor bro dinask.

A galon ganeoc’h evit Breizh ha gourc’hemennoù evit spered hor bro a hadit abaoe degadoù a vloavezhioù.

Bertrand Deléon, Trawalc’h Breizh Dizalc’h.