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Independence march attracts 5,000 in Edinburgh say organisers

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Thousands of campaigners for Scottish independence marched through Edinburgh on Saturday. 

The march was organised by All Under One Banner (AUOB) who said that around around “5000 independence supporters” had participated in the demonstration in Scotland’s capital. 

 

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It set off from the Royal Commonwealth Pool after midday and ended in a rally at the Scottish Parliament. 

Pipes, drums, banners and flags were all part of the display with the ‘Yes Bikers’ also supporting the march. 

 

All Under One Banner said: “We are proud to announce that around 5000 independence supporters have participated in today’s All Under One Banner demonstration in Scotland’s Capital City.

“Defend the right to peaceful protest, the fight for independence is on!”

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently restated her aim to hold another vote before the end of 2023, Covid permitting. 

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She told MSPs she has ordered civil servants to restart work on an independence prospectus.

However, Boris Johnson has refused to grant Holyrood the power to hold a legally watertight vote, saying the focus should be on recovery from the pandemic.

 

Ms Sturgeon has said that if the PM continues to block Indyref2, the SNP-Green majority at Holyrood will pass a Referendum Bill regardless.

Scotland voted to remain as part of the UK in 2014 following an independence vote with a 55% backing to stay in the Union.

 

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