- By Zakia Muharemov
One year on from the fateful Scottish referendum on independence where 45% of the population lost their fight for freedom and the mood is heavier than ever.
Thousands of pro-independence activists gathered on George Square in the Scottish city of Glasgow carrying Scottish flags and “Yes” banners on Saturday. “End London rule,” said one of the banners.
Protesters waved a mixture of Scottish and Palestinian flags with banners calling for a “common cause, freedom from foreign rule”.
Organisers of the demonstration wanted to “make a clear statement that our journey to full independence for our nation continues,” the Daily Record reported.
“It’s now not a question of if we become independent, it’s when we become independent,” rally organizer and Solidarity co-convener Tommy Sheridan proclaimed.
“I think the mandate for the next referendum should be sought next year at the Scottish Parliament elections,” he added, the next referendum should be organized “when the time is right, when Nicola Sturgeon says so, and when I think that there’s a good chance that we will win it,” Robert Boyd, 47, another activist told the Daily Record.
They may have been defeated in last year’s independence referendum, but they haven’t fallen silent. In the lead up to the independence referendum in Scotland in September 2014, tens of thousands of activists attended ‘YES’ rallies – and those people have not dissolved into thin air. One year on they are making a statement by setting up a rally in Scotland’s largest city to draw attention to their cause. It is estimated that the YES campaign supporters are now the clear majority as many feel that Westminster failed to deliver their promises, which many at the time saw as a last minute desperate bribe to retain control over Scotland.
“If you continue to ignore Scotland’s voice, if you continue to disrespect the choice the people across this country made in May (general elections in the UK), more and more people will conclude that Westminster simply cannot deliver for Scotland.”
The latest polls across Scotland found that 90% felt that Westminster had not delivered what they promised.