Scottish demonstrators marched in Edinburgh on Saturday October 5th, to call for their country’s independence in view of a possible British exit from the European Union at the end of the month, AFP reported.
The demonstrators started their march at Holyrood Park in the heart of the city, many carrying Scottish flags, some wearing kilts and many playing traditional Scottish bagpipes.
The Scottish Nationalist (SNP) lawmaker and lawyer Joanna Cherry, who orchestrated a successful legal challenge to British PM Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament, participated in the rally.
Cherry was behind a law obliging Johnson to ask the EU for more time to exit the union with a deal.
March organisers said that they hoped to have 100,000 people attending the rally.
Scotland voted against independence in a 2014 referendum. However, observers say that a possible British exit from the EU means that Scotland should have another independence referendum as 62% of Scottish citizens voted to remain in the EU.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that an exit from the EU would devastate the economy.
Sturgeon, who wants a second independence referendum in 2021, did not attend the march, but tweeted a message of support.
Some independence activists joined the rally, while a few pro-Union protesters carrying Union Jack flags staged a small counterdemonstration.