The Generalitat has approved a project that will see immigrants can be certified that they have a basic grasp of Catalan as well as an understanding of Catalan culture (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The initative is part of the new Ley de Acogida—Welcome Law—and the main aim of the certificate is seemingly to ease the way of recent arrivals into the labour market. However, the terms of the law will be gradually introduced over the next six years up to 2015, by which time all Catalan towns should have the same process of 'welcome' for immigrants.
Following reports yesterday that three men had each lost an eye as a result of rubber bullets fired during the confrontations between police and members of the public during the celebration of Barça's Champions League and Copa del Rey victories, it has now been claimed that the head of the press section for the Barcelona Guàrdia Urbana was also hit by a rubber bullet (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Sergeant Jordi Vilaseló is said to have been hit in the leg by the Mossos d'Esquadra around 2am last Thursday morning during actions taken by the Catalan police against crowds who had started throwing items at them, ambulance crews and firemen.
Opening on Sunday, the next edition of the Venice Biennial will include work by three different Catalan artists, the first time that there has been official participation by Catalunya (article in Catalan, Avui). Sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull, the Catalan section is actually appearing in a pavillion with other representatives from non-states, including Wales and the Spanish autonomous region of Murcia, as the main pavillion is reserved for recognised countries. The work of the three Catalans has the single title of 'The unconfessable community' and they look at the concept of the collective and question the notion of authorship.