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1000’s march in Cardiff calling for Welsh independence | Wales

1000’s of individuals have marched by means of Cardiff as a part of a rally for Welsh independence.

Campaigners on the occasion carried massive flags and banners and paraded by means of the town centre led by a samba band. It was organised by All Underneath One Banner Cymru (AUOB) and Sure Cymru. It was the second pro-independence rally to happen in Wales this 12 months, after a march attracted about 8,000 supporters in Wrexham in July.

The AUOB and Sure Cymru are campaigning for independence from the UK, as they consider Westminster doesn’t function with one of the best pursuits of the Welsh folks in thoughts.

Regardless of rail strikes throughout the UK, organisers estimated about 10,000 folks made it to the march – on the entrance of which was a banner saying “Annibyniaeth”, which means independence in Welsh.

Protesters at the city centre march in Cardiff
Protesters on the metropolis centre march in Cardiff on Saturday. {Photograph}: Matthew Horwood/Getty Photographs

After the march, which started at noon and travelled in a one and a half mile loop by means of Cardiff metropolis centre, there have been speeches and performances from various high-profile Welsh figures together with Julian Lewis Jones, who performs Boremund Baratheon within the Sport of Thrones prequel Home of the Dragon, actor and novelist Ffion Dafis, singer Eädyth Crawford and Irish comic Tadhg Hickey, in addition to the Plaid Cymru chief, Dafydd Wigley.

A current YouGov ballot on behalf of ITV Wales and Cardiff College discovered that whereas 14% stated they didn’t understand how they might vote in a referendum, and 52% stated they might vote towards independence, assist for the proposition was at its highest ever.

Harriet Protheroe-Soltani from AUOB Cymru stated: “Given the UK authorities’s current tax cuts for the wealthy and continuous erosion of employees’ rights it’s necessary, now greater than ever, that individuals come alongside and display that we don’t belief Westminster to take care of the pursuits of Wales.”

Campaigners on Queen Street, Cardiff
Campaigners on Queen Avenue, Cardiff on Saturday. {Photograph}: Matthew Horwood/Getty Photographs

The top of YesCymru, Gwern Gwynfil, stated he wished the march to be a “loud and festivity”.

The rally adopted a request from the leaders of the devolved nations for an pressing assembly with the chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, to debate reversing the “damaging results” of the UK authorities’s mini-budget. It was held the identical day as hundreds of individuals attended an occasion on Irish unification in Dublin.

The Eire’s Future occasion, held on the 3arena in Dublin, attracted a number of thousand individuals who heard from politicians, members of civic society and Irish celebrities and businesspeople who mentioned plans for a united Eire.

The leaders of Sinn Féin and the SDLP, and senior figures from all the principal political events within the Republic of Eire, had been in attendance because the deputy prime minister, Leo Varadkar, gave a speech by which he proclaimed assist for a united Eire however added {that a} “dream imposed by power isn’t any dream in any respect”.

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