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AUOB March, 11.01.2020

On a wet and windy January 11th, the AUOB (All Under One Banner) ‘Emergency March for Independence’ went ahead, despite the dire weather. A rally in Glasgow Green, planned for the end of the march, had to be cancelled, but the march itself was a resounding success. Despite road, rail, and ferry cancellations and closures, more than 80,000 men, women, and children descended upon Glasgow to begin the march at Kelvingrove Park at 11.30 am.

The route through the city to Glasgow Green was approximately 3 miles, and the march stopped frequently to accommodate traffic. The huge crowd remained cheerful, with pipe bands, drummers, and independent marchers supplying music to keep the whole feeling of the day upbeat and joyous.

As per usual, a small gathering of unionist anti-independence supporters did their best to disrupt the harmony of the day. These poor souls, shouting abuse at the peaceful marchers, incurred the heaviest police presence of the whole march. As usual, the marchers treated them with the contempt they deserve – and completely ignored them!

Yes Perth City transported two 49-seater coaches to the event, and many other Perth and Kinross folk made their way under their own steam. Almond & Earn SNP was well represented by members, and the whole day was a huge success notwithstanding the fact that everyone was absolutely soaked to the skin by the end!

A splendid way to start the year, in which we hope that the First Minister’s request is granted for an Article 30 to give permission for a second Independence Referendum to take place.

 

Carol Mair

Membership Secretary and Women’s Officer