Scottish protesters demand independence after the Scottish National Party wins local elections

Scottish protesters march for independence after Nicola Sturgeon says she will start renewing the ‘very positive state’ of Scotland to go it alone

  • Scottish protesters have taken to the streets of Glasgow to renew calls for a second independence referendum
  • The new push comes after Nicola Sturgeon gets SNP more councilors in Scottish local authorities
  • Banners centered on the themes of disapproval of London rule, NHS protection and salines

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Hundreds of pro-independence Scots took to the streets of Glasgow today – after Nicola Sturgeon vowed to use local election results to renew pressure for a second referendum.

The rally, organized by the All Under One Banner, began in Kelvingrove Park around 12.15 p.m. Saturday.

Scottish independence supporters march in Glasgow during the All Under One Banner

Hundreds attended the rally, which was sparked by a new referendum campaign by Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish National Party.

Hundreds attended the rally, which was sparked by a new referendum campaign by Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party.

Protecting the Scottish NHS from ‘Tory sellouts’ was a major topic of banners seen at Glasgow rally today

The rally, organized by the All Under One Banner, began in Kelvingrove Park around 12.15 p.m. on Saturday.

The rally, organized by the All Under One Banner, began in Kelvingrove Park around 12.15 p.m. on Saturday.

AUOB issued a statement of intent prior to the event: 'On Saturday, we march for independence and rally in George Square.

AUOB issued a statement of intent prior to the event: ‘On Saturday, we march for independence and rally in George Square.

Anti-Conservative sentiment was rife in the crowd that marched after Sturgeon said she wanted to put forward a new “positive case” for independence.

The procession route led the participants from the West End to downtown

The procession route led the participants from the West End to downtown

AUOB issued a statement of intent prior to the event: ‘On Saturday, we march for independence and rally in George Square.

Make sure to attend this patriotic demonstration that will enable the further parliamentary movement, to express our challenge to Westminster governance and to demand action in the Scottish Parliament.

‘Be there.’

The banners featured heavy themes of independence being a fortress to protect NHS Scotland and anti-Conservative slogans alongside traditional navigators.

The procession route led those participating from the West End to downtown via Kelvinway, Gibson Street, Eldon Street, Woodlands Road, Suchihall Street, Pete Street, West George Street, Blythswood Square, West George Street, Nelson Mandela Place, West George Street in George Square , according to the Glasgow Times.

The route through Kelvinway, Gibson Street, Eldon Street, Woodlands Road, Sauchiehall Street, Pitt Street, West George Street, Blythswood Square, West George Street, Nelson Mandela Place, West George Street to George Square

The route through Kelvinway, Gibson Street, Eldon Street, Woodlands Road, Sauchiehall Street, Pitt Street, West George Street, Blythswood Square, West George Street, Nelson Mandela Place, West George Street to George Square

Some banners featured a mixture of Scottish salt and the European Union flag

Some banners featured a mixture of Scottish salt and the European Union flag

The flags planted indicate an independent Scotland's desire to seek membership in the European Union

The flags planted indicate an independent Scotland’s desire to seek membership in the European Union

Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants a second independence referendum before the end of 2023

Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants a second independence referendum before the end of 2023

Besides the protesters, there were the traditional Scottish bagpipes who gave the march an incredible sound.

Besides the protesters, there were the traditional Scottish bagpipes who gave the march an incredible sound.

Nicola Sturgeon said her government would soon begin to renew the “very positive case” of Scottish independence, insisting that recent election results showed there was a “growing sense that the UK in its current situation was not serving the needs of Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland”.

The SNP increased its share of seats in local elections on 5 May, taking an additional 22 seats in local authorities across Scotland.

This was coupled with consistent statements from Nicola Sturgeon who says she wants to hold an independence referendum before the end of 2023.

The Scottish first minister spoke after Sinn Fein won the most seats, 27 out of 90, in last week’s Stormont election.

This gives Sinn Fein the right to have one of his representatives hold the position of First Minister there – the first time a non-federal politician has held the highest office in Northern Ireland.

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