No independence marches in 2020 as final planned event in Swansea postponed

YesCymru independence march in Merthyr Tydfil. Lluniau gan / Pictures by Lluniau Lleucu

YesCymru have postponed the final independence march that was due to take place in Swansea in September, saying that it is clear that no mass gatherings will take place for the foreseeable future.

They said that it was an easy decision under the circumstances but made with “a heavy heart”, and that the priority at the moment was that everyone stayed home and safe.

All Under One Baner Cymru, who organise the events, had previously cancelled marches in Wrexham on 18 April and Tredegar on 6 June.

 

‘Weaknesses’

“We fully believe that the response from both the UK Government and Welsh Government has made independence more important now than ever,” a spokesperson for Yes Cymru said.

“Westminster will never prioritise the needs of of Wales; and the devolution settlement has been shown to be built on sand.”

Tricia Roberts, the chair of YesCymru Swansea, told Golwg 360 that they would host a virtual march online instead.

“This pandemic has shown many weaknesses in our society, and especially Wales’ place in the United Kingdom. The whole of Wales can see this,” she said.

“The resilience and community support during the pandemic and lockdown has been incredible.

“Stay safe, stay healthy and stay indoors – for a better future!”

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Helen Lewis

Why stay indoors? It’s unhealthy and unnecessary.. We all need vitamin D!

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As a member of YesCymru, I think this is feeble. What’s the issue here? If we think that online is better than trekking to meetings, yes, I do Court Hearings like this. More efficient. If we give up on public demonstrations for the foreseeable future we are losing something, however. As we reassess the risk dpwnwards, holding a march in Tredegar on June 6 doesn’t seem impossible. At all. In reality. Keep the option open YesCymru. If you want to attend and stand 2m from the next person, do it! This is how you make marches/crowds look more impressive anyway!

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If you want to attend and stand 2m from the next person, do it! This is how you make marches/crowds look more impressive anyway!

That’s what North Korea and China do. Everyone marching in step. Not sure that’s quite the look your aiming for!! 😀

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Why not ? Just cut out the goose stepping and gaudy ceremonial uniforms, too much like Changing of the Guard outside Betty’s house.