The March for Independence

The March for Independence

Tens of thousands of pro-independence supporters marched from Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, through the city centre to rally at Glasgow Green.

Photo Credit: Natalie Bello

Police Scotland estimated that 34,000 walkers marched to show their support for an independent Scotland.

The march left Kelvingrove Park at 11:30 am on Saturday 5 May and ended with music, speeches, food vendors, and informational stands surrounding the park.

The march was organised by All Under One Banner,  is a pro-independence organisation whose core aim is to march at regular intervals until Scotland becomes an independent nation.

Supporter, David Meyer, who was passing out flyers for a petition to stop councils funding war crime said that he was marching because: “each person has the right to self-preservation”.

In September 2014, Scotland decided to remain in the United Kingdom, with 55.3% voting No according to UK Government. Since that time, the United Kingdom’s future has changed drastically with their imminent exit from the European Union.

Photo Credit: Natalie Bello

Not every Scottish citizen believes independence would benefit Scotland. Pamela Nash, Scotland in Union chief executive commented on the march and Scottish independence.

“While we strongly oppose a second referendum, we recognise the commitment of those who disagree with us and respect their views. It seems the vast majority of those who attended the march made their case in a friendly way.

“As everyone knows, a majority of Scots voted in favour of staying strong in the United Kingdom and poll after poll has confirmed there is no appetite for a second referendum. It remains in our interests, economically and socially, to remain part of something bigger and we will continue to speak up for those who believe we should continue to work in partnership with our friends and neighbours across the UK”.

Take a look at the rally that gathered Glasgow Green

Brexit negotiations are constantly occurring and members in the Scottish parliament have to continuously debate with Westminster to ensure that Scotland is not left with a poor deal once Brexit is final. Just recently, the Scottish Parliament won cross-party support to introduce an emergency bill to sidestep Westminster by taking direct control over the repatriation of significant EU legislation into Scottish law. However, Westminster is expected to legally challenge this bill in the Supreme Court if the Scottish Parliament votes for its own emergency powers over Brexit, reported the Guardian.

Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for a second independence referendum in March but has temporarily delayed the vote until autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019. However, she said it was still “likely” a referendum would be held by 2021, as noted in the BBC.

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One independence supporter at the march, who wished to remain anonymous, explained what an independent Scotland would mean for her: “freedom from Westminster, freedom from Theresa May, freedom for Scotland, and freedom for my daughter who wants to go to University soon”.

Scottish independence is not only supported by Scots but people from all different countries. One organisation that had a booth at the rally was EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland. Since Brexit, many EU nationals living in the UK have become fearful of their future, and if they will have to leave a country that has become their home. It is estimated that 181,000 EU nationals are living in Scotland, according to the Scottish Parliament. One French national who has lived in Scotland for years explained her feelings about Scottish independence: “I would love if Scotland went independent and stayed in the EU”.

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