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A Huge Pro-Independence Rally Has Been Held In Glasgow

The issue hasn't gone away and the general election is being used as a proxy for another independence referendum.

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Thousands of pro-independence Scots attended a rally in Glasgow on Saturday, arranged to show that support for independence hasn't withered away since September's referendum.

The event started with a procession through the streets of Glasgow from Glasgow Green to George Square in the city centre – although pro-independence Scots now call it "Freedom Square".

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They arrived and the event got underway.

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The bikers circled the rally with flags and banners.

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The event was organised by Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan, who is imploring fellow socialists and all Scots to "lend your vote" to the SNP in this general election.

Pro-independence songs like Caledonia and Kevin Gore's "We Are The 45" were sung to a rapturous reception.

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Lots of nationalistic merchandise like these saltire clackers were on offer.

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The crowd was strongly pro-independence and pro-SNP, with the names of Scottish Labour politicians like Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown being roundly booed whenever mentioned.

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One SNP councillor went even further by asking people to sign a "declaration of independence" which he hopes one day to present to the Scottish government.

This is amazing. People at #hopeoverfear are queuing up to sign a unilateral declaration of independence.

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

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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