Independence events pass "without incident" as supporters mark the third anniversary of 2014 referendum

Events were held across Scotland to mark the third anniversary of the 2014 referendum

PRO-INDEPENDENCE supporters held events across Scotland to coincide with the anniversary of the 2014 referendum.

A march, organised by All Under Oner Banner Saor Alba (AUOBSA), took place through the streets of Glasgow city centre that joined with a rally hosted by Hope Over Fear (HOF) at the city’s George Square on Saturday. 

On Sunday, the Yes Bikers for Scottish Independence (YBSI), who also attended the event in Glasgow on Saturday, roared thought Edinburgh during a convoy that ended outside the Scottish Parliament.

AUOBSA had originally been asked to disperse at Glasgow Green by Glasgow City Council (GCC) who told CommonSpace they had concerns about the number of people due to attend both events. 

“Whilst on the route of the Procession, as we travelled down Union street, we informed the police of our decision to breach the council’s biased decree.” All Under One Banner Saor Alba

A post on the group’s Facebook page stated they decided to join the HOF rally after their procession. 

The post read: “Whilst on the route of the Procession, as we travelled down Union street, we informed the police of our decision to breach the council’s biased decree, to which the police placed their van in the middle of Argyle Street in a feigned attempt to stop us. 

“Then peacefully yet assertively we halted the procession with many participants sitting down on the road in protest. 

“It was at this point the police made a judgement call and moved their vehicle out of the way to allow us to process towards Freedom (George) square.”

People of all ages were in attendance at the events that came together mid afternoon.

On Friday, GCC told CommonSpace that HOF had sought, and been granted, permission to hold the rally to mark the third anniversary of the historic referendum.

The YBSI gave supporters high-fives as they paraded around George Square on Saturday.

Reports suggest “thousands” of people conversed on George Square to enjoy speeches from guest speakers and music as organisers tried to capture the spirit the Yes movement had in 2014.

In addition, they also hoped to “unite” quarrying factions of the Yes movement to come together for the ultimate goal. 

“There was no arrests and no apparent issues.” Police Scotland

Reports in the media showed unionist supporters being targeted for waving a Union flag at independence supporters after videos circulated on social media.

They showed the man being heckled before having his flag taken from the mast he was holding as he walked away from the area.

Police Scotland told us no complaints had been made and the events passed “without incident.” 

A police spokesperson said: “There was no arrests and no apparent issues.”

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Comments

MauriceBishop

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:10

quotes from Nicola Sturgeon:

"constitutional referenda are once-in-a-generation events"
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/24/nicola-sturgeon-scotland...

"We won't stop believing in independence if that's what you're asking me. Would there be another referendum in our lifetimes? We've always said its a once-in-a-generation thing."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWfomb99QKw

“These kind of referendums are once in a generation, but if you’ll forgive me, I’ll concentrate on campaigning for this one.”
http://scotspolitics.com/interviews/nicola-sturgeon

peterabell

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:27

The right of self-determination is wholly vested in the people of Scotland, to be exercised entirely at their discretion. This democratic right, guaranteed by the Charter of the United nations, cannot be limited or constrained by any politician.

British nationalist fanatics despise democracy. That power should be in the hands of people rather than the ruling elites of the British state is something these bigots find both repugnant and incomprehensible.

MauriceBishop

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:40

Who despises democracy more: the people who accept the outcome of a legally-binding referendum, or those who don't?

"The power" is ALREADY in the hands of the people. That is why Angus Robertson and Alex Salmond will be puttering around their garden or on the golf course today, having found themselves, like a score of other independence obsessives, unemployed.

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Peter Dow

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:33

Well that's not what the Express is reporting.

"Scotland pro-independence rally attack two men with a Union flag"
"THERE were ugly scenes at a pro-independence rally in Glasgow today when two men with a Union Flag were attacked in the street.

By ALLISON CAMERON
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sat, Sep 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 20:25, Sat, Sep 16, 2017"
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Peter Dow

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:35

It's wrong to attack anyone just for carrying a Union Flag.

It's not the Union flag which is denying Scotland our independence or our FREEDOM as a nation.

What actually denies us Scots our freedom is the state - bad policing by Police Scotland, bad prosecution decisions from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and bad judgements of judges in the Queen's courts in Scotland.

It is the UK state in Scotland which denies Scots our freedom and that UK state in Scotland is governed by the SNP government whose First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, sings "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of the UK.

It is Sturgeon who wields the UK state's iron fist in Scotland and it is Sturgeon who now is the UK's "Butcher" in Scotland.

So the Butcher's Apron that the Butcher Sturgeon wears is
the Saltire, not the Union Flag.

peeli

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:19

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Felipa

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:52

I am so happy there were no bad incidents during this. I was writing a research paper essay when this was happening and all I could think was did something bad happen or not.

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