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Pro-Independence Rallies Are Still Happening In Scotland

"The Westmonster government treats Scotland as a province – it's time to change that," said one activist.

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If you were hanging around in George Square in Glasgow on Wednesday, you might have been surprised to see a pro-independence rally spring up suddenly.

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Tommy Sheridan, Scottish socialist and convicted perjurer, was there to convince fellow socialists to "lend your vote to the SNP" to keep the momentum up for Scottish independence after last September's referendum.

Tommy Sheridan (right) and pro-independence singer Kevin Gore.
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Tommy Sheridan (right) and pro-independence singer Kevin Gore.

Sheridan was also promoting a larger rally taking place in Glasgow on Saturday, organised by the Hope Over Fear campaign, which will happen in "Freedom Square" – otherwise known as George Square – from 11am.

There was music. Some songs got the small crowd going, such as Kevin Gore's "Come Join the 45".

Some didn't, such as this slightly awkward solo rendition of "Highland Cathedral".

Then Sheridan announced that "Stevie will get his pipes out".

Someone turned up with an absolutely enormous Scottish flag and it felt like September all over again.

Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly said that this election isn't about independence, but it seems that some Yes voters, like Sheridan, disagree.

This is James Scott, the leader of the "Scottish Resistance", who got shat on by a bird as he was being interviewed by BuzzFeed News.

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After accusing the bird of being a "No-voting seagull", he said he hopes May's election will restart the independence movement.

"The Westmonster government treats Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as provinces, and it's time to make that change," said Scott, wiping bird mess of his shirt.

"Despite what the media say, we know we'll be so much better off independent, and we demand independence. The Scottish Resistance exists to support any organisation which supports independence, and at this election we back the SNP."

After the event, Sheridan called BuzzFeed News "brother", and explained why he was holding his nose and voting for the SNP rather than a socialist party at this election.

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"We recognise that in this election, what Yes supporters need to do is maintain the unity of the Yes community," said Sheridan. "A vote for the anti-austerity, anti-Trident, anti-establishment SNP is the vote we all need to support on May 7."

Sheridan disagrees with the SNP on economics, but says Scotland needs to "change the political landscape" in the UK at this election and take another stepping stone towards independence.

"I'm confident that the SNP with get 40 seats, although even 30 would do me," said the socialist. "That would show that Scotland still believes in independence, and will go forward to vote for independence."

Saturday's Hope Over Fear rally will be attended by dozens of singers and speakers, including Sheridan.

"We'll have thousands here on Saturday," said Sheridan. "I can't wait."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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