Thousands take part in independence march through Glasgow city streets
Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a march through Glasgow in support of Scottish independence.
By Bill Heaney
The All Under One Banner march left Kelvingrove Park on Sunday afternoon and made its way through the city centre before ending with a rally at Glasgow Green.
Hundreds joined in with the colourful crowds of marchers waving Saltires as the event passed along the city streets.
The March For Independence is one of a series of events taking place across Scotland between May and October.
Police Scotland said that about 30,000-35,000 people had attended the rally at Glasgow Green, although the organisers believe more than 100,000 people were in attendance.
Event organiser Neil Mackay said the march was not a “political party march”.
He added: “Obviously independence has got political ramifications, but it’s a moral cause, that is not a political cause.
“This is a moral cause and so this movement, this march, is open to everybody who desires an independent Scotland, whether they are Scottish or they are not Scottish.
“There’s people here from across the world who have travelled, and obviously from across the UK.”
The Save Loch Lomond campaign was well represented and their banners were prominent as the march wound its way through the city.
All Under One Banner describes itself as a “pro-independence organisation whose core aim is to march at regular intervals until Scotland is free” and says it is open to “everyone who desires to live in an independent nation”.
A number of speakers and musical acts took part in the rally on a stage in the park, alongside a selection of pro-independence community stalls.
The event saw a series of traffic management measures put in place around the M8, with the closure of the westbound carriageway from the junction 15 on-slip at Townhead and a lane closure in place through to junction 18 off-slip at Charing Cross.
Save Loch Lomond campaigner Alannah Maurer said they wanted to send a big thank you to everyone who supported them on the day – and thanks for the welcome at the Glasgow march and rally.
“We are a mixed team not all of us are ‘Yessers’ and the atmosphere was electric.
“There were 100,000+ folk shouting out ‘Save Loch Lomond’ …Glasgow your voice was heard.
“We took our new banner on the march and we were stopped by public and press for photos and info.
“Whatever political background you come from we thank you all it’s only by working together we can do this.”