Hope Over Fear
The ‘This Time It’s Yes’ rally at George Square
Independence organisation, Hope Over Fear, have held their annual rally in Glasgow.
The ‘This Time It’s Yes’ rally at George Square organised by Hope Over Fear, was compered by Tommy Sheridan.
The rally attracted an estimated crowd of around 600 and folk were well entertained by speakers and musicians of all ages.
Speakers at the event included Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil, MSP Alex Neil, Peter A Bell and Craig Murray.
Tommy Sheridan told the rally that he wanted the First Minister to use her mandate for a second independence referendum.
“In 2016 the Scottish Parliament elections were held and the SNP were quite clear, they sought a mandate for Indyref2 and they won it,” he said.
“The Scottish Parliament voted to hold Indyref2 in September 2018 or March 2019.”
He added: “We can go in March next year. Please Nicola, sound the bell. Fire the starting pistol.
“Please Nicola Sturgeon, you’ve done a good job so far, put yourself at the head of this campaign ... and on the 7th of October in Glasgow’s SECC please stand up and ignite the passion across Scotland by announcing loud and clear we’re going to use the mandate.”
Angus MacNeil said: "These rallies are important because we have to be ready.
"Brexit is providing the mandate for our referendum and we have to deliver on that mandate.
"We can't run away from a referendum and we can't run away from the mandate.
"It is going to happen and it's going to happen fairly soon - probably in the next year or so."
Alex Neil said: “The time has come for us to go out and evangelise how much better life would be if we make our parliament an independent parliament.
“I pledge myself, and I hope everyone here pledges themselves, to do everything we need to do in the next month and the next few years, to get Indyref2 and to win Indyref2.”
Independence campaign group Saor Alba organised the march to the event, the group’s George Kempik said: “I have children and grandchildren, and for me this is about them. I’ve been fighting for independence since the original referendum for devolution in Scotland in 1979 and nothing I’ve seen since then has changed my mind.
“The rallies are just a reminder to everybody. They’ve got to keep happening.”