Thousands march in Edinburgh in support of Scottish independence

A Journal of People report

Thousands of people have attended a pro-Scottish independence march through the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday as organizers insist momentum is growing in the face of a possible no-deal Brexit.

Groups and organizations that support separation from the UK joined the All Under One Banner (AUOB) procession on Saturday in the final event of the year, following marches in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Perth over the summer.

The AUOB hoped to get at least 100,000 people to take part in the rally. However, their final tally suggested that they smashed that target, finding that over 200,000 people took part. Police Scotland said it was unable to estimate the number of participants.

The march began at Holyrood Park and was expected to end in the Meadows, causing a series of road closures in the city centre.

Bands, bikers, dogs, people in fancy dress and countless Saltire flags were all part of the rally with demonstrators chanting “What do we want? Independence.”

The people waved flags and sang songs as they marched through Edinburgh.

A broad range of groups and organizations that support Scotland leaving the United Kingdom attended the AUOB demonstration, which kicked off at 1pm local time.

Countless Scottish flags, as well as numerous kilts, bagpipes, pets, children and people in fancy dress, could be seen in the seemingly unending stream of marchers. The crowd sang songs and chanted pro-independence slogans as they walked from Holyrood Park up Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon did not take part in the march but tweeted that she was with the marchers “in spirit”. “Have a great day. And be in no doubt – independence is coming”, she added.

Scottish voters rejected independence in a 2014 referendum. However, that came before the UK voted to exit the European Union. Scotland voted overwhelmingly against Brexit and many feel that it warrants a rerun of the independence vote.

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