Watch: The stunning words in favour of Welsh independence
Thousands of people from all over Wales attended the March for Independence in Wrexham yesterday.
As well as marching around the centre of Wrexham, those who attended listened to speakers in Llwyn Isaf, and were entertained by musicians at various venues.
Dafydd Iwan, who in his usual style roused the crowd with a passionate rendition of Yma o Hyd said: “A new spirit is spreading throughout Wales, and the feeling is growing that we can do better for the people of Wales if we do it ourselves.
“That is the true meaning of Independence, not a separation, but joining all the other nations who govern themselves. Wales is beginning to believe in itself, and nothing can hold back a nation which has self-belief.”
This was the fourth march in a series of Marches for Independence, and the first since the easing of Covid restrictions. The previous three marches were held in 2019 in Cardiff, Caernarfon and Merthyr.
One of those speaking at the event was Wrexham-based poet, author and activist Evrah Rose.
After the march in Wrexham she issued a beautifully rousing poem called ‘I Believe In Wales’.
If you didn’t support Welsh independence before watching this, well, you just might after.
I BELIEVE IN WALES
I’m so tired of the negativity towards our national pride and traditions.
It’s bitter and resentful.
If we defend ourselves – ‘Welsh Nat’ is used as an insult…
I’ll be honest, las – I don’t find it offensive.
Can someone tell me – when has our language or, heritage ever been on the wider agenda?
What about our education – green spaces and health care? They’re never mentioned.
Where’s the adequacy in our transport – what is there that actually connects us?
Our roads and railways lead outwardly – taking our resources with it – our economic potential.
Yet – we can’t question this because they say we’re ‘ungrateful’ – ‘too expectant’.
And they laugh at our place names – the way we structure a sentence.
They smirk when we ask for support – along with their un-honrouable members. They belittle our struggles – what message is it – they’re trying to send us?
They take too much – return too little and act like – bank and lender.
We pay millions into their system – the deficits are theirs – but… When they wrongly claim we’re leaching off the state – who stands into defend us? Who in Westminster – actually represents us?
It’s an Anglo echo chamber – from election to election.
They couldn’t care how the cost of living impacts our families – neighbours – our elders.
It is – senseless.
The disregard they hold for Wales.
They don’t cry for Aberfan – Tryweryn or Gresford. They bury our history – denying how they – annexed us.
How the Welsh Knot was used to oppress us – because our language should never be spoken – nor written – on sign or letters.
They ignore our needs – make light and humour of our – Senedd. Only act in a crisis if it’s in – their – best interests.
They see no need to acknowledge – or, respect us.
So… Isn’t it about time we built foundations from the hate that they – send us?
We have the power to grow – to heal and – to mend us. So – why are we still at the bottom?? Why are we still – so accepting??
The only way we will flourish fully – without gaslight or aggression. Is to put our energies into eachother – our infrastructures – with development as our – objective.
Without fear and neglect – but always – with reflection.
Use those slurs they cast as fuel to our prosperity – progression. Don’t forget what we’ve overcome – the centuries of never ending taunts – theft and tensions.
Yet – despite that – we have an unbreakable strength and value – each one of us – possess it.
On that alone – just imagine what we could achieve with…
We could create a future that is both lucrative and reflective – of us as a diverse people – self belief – is the only essential.
Be inspired by the many faces of this country – they’re our ticket – how we’ll become…
Because – in this heart of mine – I know – we have everything we need to – achieve this.
And when I’m asked;
‘What do you believe in?’
I pause – but only for a brief second.
Looking down at the feet that carry me – and the hands – that earn my keep – my pension.
I slowly raise my head – lifting my eyes to meet theirs – without an ounce of doubt or – apprehension.
And with that raw passion my soul inherited – the many whispered lessons – from those who once walked this gorgeous land from which – I hail.
Peaks and Vales.
My answer remains the same – without fail.
I proudly. Unapologetically say.
I Believe In Wales.
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