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More than 100,000 join pro-Scottish independence march, organisers say

Nicola Sturgeon gave her support to those in the rally by saying ‘independence is coming’.

Scottish independence supporters march through Edinburgh during an All Under One Banner march (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Scottish independence supporters march through Edinburgh during an All Under One Banner march (Andrew Milligan/PA)

By Conor Riordan, PA Scotland

More than 100,000 people are estimated to have attended a pro-Scottish independence march through the streets of Edinburgh.

Groups and organisations who support separation from the UK joined the All Under One Banner (AUOB) procession on Saturday.

Organisers estimated that more than 100,000 people took part in the event.

Gary Kelly, of AUOB, said: “It’s buzzing – the rain may be on but the people are not deterred.

“Our appetite for independence is still alive.”

Gemma MacFadyen has backed Scottish independence since she was a child.

The 34-year-old from Edinburgh said: “I’m here to support the cause for independence.

“To be honest, after the last referendum I was a bit deflated and disenfranchised and I was not going to be taking part anymore.

“But recently after a trip to the west coast of Scotland I’ve been re-inspired – so I’m here today.

“I’ve not really been caught up in the whole Brexit debate, I’m not bothered about that.

“But I am for another independence referendum, as soon as possible – it should’ve been ages ago.”

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The procession began at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Bands, bikers, dogs, people in fancy dress and countless Saltire flags were all part of the rally towards the Meadows.

Chants of “What do we want? Independence” could also be heard roaring up the Royal Mile.

Harry Baird, 19, wanted to join what he believed would be the biggest rally in the country’s history.

The apprentice marine engineer from Orkney said: “There’s a lot more than I thought I would see, to be honest.

“(I want) more radical and instant Scottish independence.

“Any change from what it is now would be worth it.”

The march began at Holyrood Park at 1pm and began proceeding up the Royal Mile from there.

AUOB’s rally through Edinburgh in October last year was estimated by organisers to have attracted more than 100,000 people, although authorities put the attendance figure to around 20,000.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon did not join the event but said she was there “in spirit”.

She tweeted: “Good luck to everyone marching for independence in Edinburgh later. I’m not able to be there in person today, but I will be with you in spirit. Have a great day. And be in no doubt – independence is coming. #indyref”

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