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Cymdeithas yr Iaith to hold rally to mark 60th anniversary of famous 'Tynged yr Iaith' lecture

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Cymdeithas yr Iaith has announced that it will hold a rally on the 60th anniversary of Saunders Lewis' 'Tynged yr Iaith' lecture, which prompted the founding of the movement.

On the February 19 Heledd Gwyndaf, one of the former chairmen of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, will start the rally on Trefechan bridge, where the movement's first protest was held in 1963. Campaigners will then march to the Welsh Government offices where speeches will be made by Mabli Siriol, chairman of Cymdeithas yr Iaith; Bryn Fôn; Mared Edwards, President of UMCA, and Gwenno Morris— who is looking for a home in the Llandysul area.

Cymdeithas yr Iaith has welcomed the measures to tackle holiday homes in the agreement between the Labor Party and Plaid Cymru, but stresses that the problem is wider than holiday homes and that a Property Act is needed that will provide a home for everyone.

Measures in the agreement between the two parties include a pilot scheme that will test measures to reduce the number of second homes in Dwyfor and a consultation on submitting a planning application to change the use of a class of use from a home to a holiday home.

Rally organiser, Osian Jones, said: "It has recently become apparent that the pressure of the people of Wales for justice in the housing market and for measures to secure the right to live locally has had a significant impact on government. They have announced steps to introduce new planning rules and possible new taxes to prevent excessive loss of our housing stock to the second home market and AirBnB.

"At the start of a year of celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, it is an opportunity to remind ourselves that campaigning is paying off today as much today as it ever has, so we need to keep pushing. We continue to press to ensure that government does not compromise, but prioritises communities over capitalism. And let's still press for a commitment to pass a complete Property Act to finally secure justice and continuity for our communities by considering housing as social assets to provide homes, not as commercial, for-profit assets.

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