European Interest

Pro-independence march in Scotland draws thousands

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The Edinburgh Agreement: First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in a press conference on the historic accord that paved the way for the referendum on an independent Scotland, Edinburgh, October, 2012.

The streets of Glasgow flooded with protestors on May 5. As many as 35,000 people demonstrated for Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom – four years after a referendum failed to secure the result. Organisers called for an independent nation.

The pressure is now mounting on the governing Scottish National Party (SNP) to stage a second referendum.

As reported by Euronews online, a vote on whether Scotland should separate from the United Kingdom, in which 84.6% of the electorate took part, was previously held in 2014. But the No camp (55.3%) won, prompting Yes campaigner and the then-First Minister Alex Salmond to resign, making way for his SNP deputy Nicola Sturgeon to replace him.

Yet a Brexit vote in 2016 has since reignited the independence debate in Scotland after 62% of the nation’s electorate voted to stay in the EU, more than any other country in the UK.

In a separate report, The Guardian noted that the demonstration is one of a series being held across Scotland by All Under One Banner. The pro-independence organisation aims to march at regular intervals “until Scotland is free”.

“Glasgow city centre will be brought to a standstill as our independence march traverses through en route to George Square,” one member of the organisation said on a fundraising page before the event.

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