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First ever march for Welsh Independence to take place Saturday

07 May 2019 3 minute read
Welsh flags at the Senedd on St David’s Day. Picture by the National Assembly. (CC BY 2.0)

The first-ever march for an independent Wales will take place this Saturday, 11 May.

The march organized by AUOBCymru (All Under One Banner), will start at 1.30pm at Cardiff City Hall.

The organisers hope to match some of the success of AUOBScotland, which organised a march in Glasgow in which tens of thousands took part over the weekend.

The speakers at the Cardiff march will include:

  • Adam Price, the leader of Plaid Cymru
  • Ben Gwalchmai of Labour 4 Indy Wales
  • Siôn Jobbins of YesCymru
  • Sandy Clubb of Undod
  • The poet Ali Goolyad

Llywelyn ap Gwilym, a spokesperson for AUOBCymru said that the debate around Wales’ constitutional future has intensified since the vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

“Several groups which believe that Wales and its people would have a better future as an independent nation outside the UK, including YesCymru and Undod, have strived to engage the broader public and bring the debate into the mainstream,” he said.

“There is an increasing realisation that independence is normal.”

“Others, such as AWokEN and Welsh Football Fans for Independence, have looked to engage on the topic with particular interest groups.

“All Under One Banner Cymru seeks to bring all of these groups together under one banner to show their support for an independent Wales via a series of mass public processions, starting in Cardiff on 11 May.”

AUOBCymru said that anyone who wants to see an independent Wales is welcome to join the march.

Those interested are encouraged to bring flags, banners, drums and instruments, and to meet early at City Hall.

The march will then proceed along Queen Street and the Hayes, before finishing in front of the Central Library.

Siôn Jobbins, YesCymru Chair, said that he would like to see as many as possible marching for Welsh independence.

“There’s no point complaining that no-one listens to us in Wales if we sit at home and do nothing!” he said.

AUOBCymru is a Welsh grassroots movement taking inspiration from the All Under One Banner movement in Scotland.

It is supported by a number of groups who share the aim of securing an independent Wales, and is not aligned with or affiliated to any political party.

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