The Gorsedd, Brotherhood of Druids Bards and Ovates of  Brittany call for a demonstration  24th October at Carhaix

 

–       In pursuit of a process for the  reunification of Brittany

 

–       For a genuine statute for the languages of Brittany

 

–       So that the exclusive jurisdiction of the Regional Council in the matter of making official the languages of Brittany may be recognised, in the name of a people’s right to self-determination. The guidance of the Council of State is illegitimate as it is in total contradiction with international law. This Jacobin authority is in the end no more than a Swiss cuckoo serenading the privileges and fantasies of a caste of technocrats in their ivory tower.  It is alarming for Democracy that the elected officials of the people can only do the one thing : to retire permanently behind rules from people that they have themselves designed.

 

Gorsedd Digor 2015

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.

Here in San Kaduan, in this beautiful place in Brasparts community, we’ll celebrate this year our annual ceremony. We haven’t been here since a long time for an open Gorsedd, but this gorgeous place was waiting for us. It’s now tidy thanks to our arouezhvarzh Youenne Amice who coped about that and mobilized people to work together.

Thanks to you my dear friend and congratulations for organizing a fest noz uniting our open Gorsedd with the popular culture of our country.

I wish to thank Brittany region and President Massiot for helping and enabling us to answer an invitation by the Welsh People in Patagonia in next November. For the first time a member of the Breton Gorsedd will attend a Gorsedd on the soil of South America.

« Where the sun comes past, the Breton comes past, all the more reason the Druid ! »

We salute the landslide victory of our Scottish brothers who won 56 seats out of 59 in their country. Beware of them, London !

At the end of the year, we’ll have elections in the Region. Of course the Gorsedd won’t give instructions to vote for anybody. We wish to salute nevertheless the striving of the various parties belonging to the Breton movement for uniting their forces in favour of Brittany.

We’re afraid the obscure forces of the political power might use some extremist fanatics to bring this harmony into disrepute. Stirring up the fire to frighten the people is not only the job of terrorists but also of the State. Beware, let’s open wide our ears, our eyes and our minds, let’s watch out !

The newly voted law (aka intelligence bill or French Patriot Act) granting the state sweeping surveillance powers is supposed to protect our security but the Prime Minister is given exorbitant powers without any democratic control ! You don’t need to be Merlin the Wizard, (who certainly was one of our forebears!) to predict that State will be able to point out the terrorists, or to play shabby tricks on the ones he’ll have chosen before ! It’s an old habit to flush somebody out to make him play the part of the scapegoat !

Beware, folks : we’re living in a world full of disturbances. I am not sure that State is the new saviour of this world ! But democracy is ! Let’s strengthen it !

The Gorsedd will write to the various democratic lists of candidates for the next elections to ask them :

  • what is their stand on the reunification of Brittany ?

  • what action for the Breton languages, and will they appoint a vice president in charge of this problem as at the moment ?

  • what is their stand on a devolution of the competence in languages for we don’t admit any longer the dictatorship of the State Council or the Constitutional Council proclaiming every time the illegality of our languages and culture ?

We’ll publish their answers on our website and we will communicate them to newspapers.

The Gorsedd wishes that the next election campaign will have dignity and be a democratic fervour. Candidates have to be lead by their conceiving of Brittany’s and Breton people’s interest.

We summon everyone in Brittany to put a lot into the debate and to vote en masse.

Long live to Brittany, to our languages and to our Celtic sister countries !

 

We are delighted to be here with our Brothers from Cornwall and Wales. I wish to thank also Gorsedh Berdh Kernow for the warmhearted welcome to the Breton exiles during the war. Under the patronage of « The Friends of Brittany » with Mr George Hunter Doble as a Chairperson, Gwas Gwendron, widows and orphans of Bretons killed by Germans were also come to their aid. Fraternity between our both countries as well was splendidly celebrated on the 5 th of September 1942 at Penzance by the Breton Cornish Committee with Mr Scobel-Armstrong as a Chairman. We also know the tremendous work of Gwas Gwendron on Cornish language and culture and his staunch friendship with Brittany and Bretons. Many thanks in the name of Breton people to the Cornish people and to the Gorsedd of the Bards of Cornwall.

 

This year we’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of Brittany Liberation from the Nazi yoke.
I would like to thank here the Welsh Gorsedd for helping the Breton prisoners after WW2. The Welsh Gorsedd felt that Taldir, and others like him, had been unjustly imprisoned and it made representations to the Welsh Members of Parliament, the French Embassy and the French Minister of Justice. Under the leadership of the Eisteddfod Council and of the Archdruid Crwys, the Reverend William Williams, a deputation of eight could visit the Bretons in jail. In their report that « acted like a stone when it falls into a frog pond » (as written by Taldir), they expressed the opinion that some of the Bretons had been wrongly charged and should be given an amnesty and they recommended that the Breton Gorsedd should be revived. We also know that Saint Nazaire town hospital was offered a surgical ambulance by Cardiff town. Many thanks to the Gorsedd and to the Welsh people ! Diolch yn fawr i’r Orsedd ac i bobl Cymru !

I wish to thank also Gorsedh Berdh Kernow for the warmhearted welcome to the Breton exiles during the war. Under the patronage of « The Friends of Brittany » with Mr George Hunter Doble as a Chairperson, Gwas Gwendron, widows and orphans of Bretons killed by Germans were also come to their aid. Fraternity between our both countries as well was splendidly celebrated on the 5 th of September 1942 at Penzance by the Breton Cornish Committee with Mr Scobel-Armstrong as a Chairman. We also know the tremendous work of Gwas Gwendron on Cornish language and culture and his staunch friendship with Brittany and Bretons. Many thanks in the name of Breton people to the Cornish people and to Gorsedh Berdh Kernow ! Meur ras dhe’n bobel ha dhe’n Orsedh Berdh Kernow !

I wish to salute with respect and emotion the twenty members or so of the Breton Gorsedd who fought for Liberty and Democracy and especially among them, those who gave their lives :
Fanch Stephan, Alc’hweder Kreisker, shot in Brest on the 6th of July 1944, Adrien Delavigne, who died on the 19th of January 1945 in concentration camp at Mauthausen, Pierre Ropert, sent first to Dora, then to Bergen-Belsen, burnt alive by SS in a barn at Gardelegen, Louis Aubert who died in concentration camp at Neuengamme in may 1945, Loeiz an Dall, Rouzig ar Menhir, customs duties collector, relegated from Landerneau by Vichy government and compelled to stay under surveillance at Rostrenen because of his sympathies to Great Britain. He eventually died of distress on February the 2d 1944.

Speech of the Grand Bard Maureen Fuller to the Breton Gorsedd

Gorsedh Breten Vyghan 2014

I am very happy to be here today in the Breton Circle with Breton Bards and our Celtic friends from Wales. On behalf of the bards of Gorsedh Kernow, I bring best wishes to the bards of Brittany and Wales.
It is good to hear that you are marking the anniversary of the Liberation of Brittany in 1944. Throughout the Second World War, Breton men and women came to Kernow with Jean Louis Le Bretton, a member of the French Resistance on his small boat to Newlyn and after the war, he received a medal for his work. Another Breton fished out of Newquay for the entire war. And after they heard the call from General de Gaulle in London, many Bretons decided to join him, and as fishermen, they went aboard their boats and came to Newlyn and Falmouth. It was good that the Bretons wanted to come to Cornwall and we helped them.
And now to present times. On the 24th of April, the English government announced that Kernow was to be recognised as a nation. Cornish people were very happy but we know that Kernow has always been a nation. It was stating the obvious. At the same time, we are very sad that Brittany is not recognised as a nation also, especially as the Bretons were here before the Franks. This is frightful. There are some petitions to the French Government, asking that Brittany be recognised as a nation and the language to be recognise as well. I have urged the Cornish Bards to sign the petition, to show we are all together in this, standing side by side with you in this matter. Even the Cornish Bards in Australia and the people in their associations have signed the petition as well.
I wish you good luck with this.
Long live Brittany! Long live Kernow! Until we meet again.

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

I wish to salute first Mrs Lena Louarn, vice president of Brittany Region Council, in charge of the Breton languages. We are very happy to welcome today a real activist and an elected representative really promoting the matter of her charge. I’d like also to salute our sister Mona Bras who is, everyone knows that, a very active member of the Region Council. I’d like to thank both of you for this honour from the Highest Council Authorities.

I also wish to mention and to salute a colleague of yours who is not here with us today, I mean Mr. Jean Michel Le Boulanger, vice president of the Council for the excellent reply to Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault who intends to drown Brittany into a pot of pork rillettes made at Le Mans in order to produce a fake, chemical and tasteless region I would name « region Bordeau-Chesnel » (a very well-known mark of industrial rillettes). I would remind him of the words of their famous ad : « We don’t have the same values ! »

Because we are in a year of celebration, I also wish to remind him of the reasons why Nantes was incorporated into the area of Angers because of the existence of a commanding post with the Wehrmacht and because this was easier for repression ! Very strange reasons that have nothing to do with the values of the French Republic !

We have a few questions for M. Ayrault :

– Whose permission will Bretons have to ask to defend their languages and culture in the odds and ends region that you want to shove to us ?
– Which flag will be seen flying on our city halls near the French and European flags ?
– Which flag on the registration plates of our cars ?
– What about the Point Bzh project for our email addresses, a project aided by the Brittany Region ?
– Who will be in charge of the sea affairs and of sailors ?

Brittany will not even have the right of being a region but a subordinate under-region only. Jean Marc Ayrault eventually resuscitates the so called Marches of Brittany in the Middle Ages. Up-to-date ideas, aren’t they ?
Do dare to say it to our face, Mr Ayrault, in unison with the choir of your fellow creatures in the tradition of the Carolingian Emperors, your very like : « We are afraid of the Bretons, they are not really French, they are bound for leaving France. We are afraid of the Red Bonnets who refuse the roads to be taxed in Brittany».

Do fear and suspicion feed your fantasy world indeed ? It doesn’t really look good. This is an attitude little befitting a former Prime Minister !

Truth has it that Jean Marc Ayrault is in search of chairs to park the bottoms of local little squires like Mr Auxiette if this one would be deprived of his job. It’s not certain that the other surrounding regions would need him if the map of regions was being cut up once again. Saving Private Auxiette ! Asinus asinum fricat !

The Breton Gorsedd calls for the respect of people’s will, the latest opinion poll shows that 55 % of Bretons are in favour of Brittany with 5 departments, only 6 % in favour of uniting with the Pays de Loire, 8 % in April , their number is decreasing !

The Gorsedd is asking for the amendment Da Silva to be cancelled : it gives the same weight to the vote of the region left by a department as to the vote of the department itself and to the vote of the welcoming region. It’s necessary to get a majority of three fifths of the votes in the three councils that are concerned, almost impossible to carry out. Anyway, an amendment that precludes any possibility of an evolution.

Against all those ploys, the Gorsedd demands that people’s opinion in Loire Atlantique and in the other departments of Brittany be canvassed in a referendum.

Is the left frightened of the people ?

He will however continue to get his voice heard !