Over 1,000 people are expected to attend pro-independence march in wake of Brexit and Trident votes
ORGANISERS of a pro-independence march in Glasgow this weekend have said that attendees can expect a “surprise event” when they gather in George Square.
The march, called by All Under One Banner, will take place on Saturday, with demonstrators to gather at the Botanic Gardens in the city’s west end at 10am on Saturday 30 July before marching down to George Square.
Organiser John McHarg was tight-lipped about the details, but told CommonSpace: “We have a little surprise for the march.” He also confirmed that the event would feature the pro-independence Yes Bikers group. “We’re expecting around 80 to 100 bikers there. We have our own version of the Viking thunder clap that’s going to be happening, to pay respect to the people of Iceland and how they dealt with the corrupt bankers.”
At least 1,500 people are expected to attend. John McHarg added they decided to up the ante given current circumstances: “The application [for this] was put in a while ago, but within the context of Brexit and Trident we thought we’d try to make this as big as possible, to raise our voice.”
“The application [for this] was put in a while ago, but within the context of Brexit and Trident we thought we’d try to make this as big as possible, to raise our voice.” Organiser John McHarg
McHarg wanted to reasurre people that the march would be safe and accessible for all. “We have a well-organised stewarding committee. Disabled people are encouraged to join at easy access points.”
He added that the march will not conclude with a conventional rally as such, but that they intend to have a series of smaller presentations from anti-Trident campaigners.
“We want to focus on the Trident issue. There will be two speakers from Scottish CND and Paul Kavanagh, otherwise known as Wee Ginger Dug. He’ll be there with his dog,” he said.
John McHarg said Yes2 merchandise would be available to marchers: “We trademarked the Yes2 logo so we could provide merchandise for free for anyone and everyone, to protect the Yes2 name from being used to make a profit. We have a stall where we’ll be distributing merchandise.”
He said there would be “undoubtedly” be a pro-EU presence at the march, adding that other groups within the Yes movement have been invited, including Women for Independence and the Radical Independence Campaign.
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