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Watch: all the speeches as over 10,000 people join the March for Independence in Bangor

23 Sep 2023 2 minute read
Marchers in Bangor

Organisers have estimated that more than 10,000 people have attended the March for Independence in Bangor today (23 September).

The march was the sixth, organised by YesCymru and AUOB Cymru and at it’s conclusion a rally was held in the shadow of Bangor Cathedral.

The rally, which was also live-streamed across Wales was addressed by Plaid Cymru leader Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, who was joined by actress Sera Cracroft, the singer Bryn Fôn, Joseph Gnabgo from Cymdeithas yr Iaith.

Special videos of support were also screened from Michelle O’Neill, Vice President of Sinn Féin and the First Minister Designate in the north of Ireland, and Dolors Feliu, President of the ANC (Assembla National Catalana).

In his speech Rhun ap Iorwerth MS said: “Once, the idea of independence was ridiculed, but now it is a prominent part of our national political discourse. I am convinced that only the people of Wales can build a fairer nation, and spur us to be much more ambitious in order to secure the future of our children and grandchildren.

“While the forces of Westminster are trying their best to stop us, they cannot stop a nation that is on a journey towards its rightful place in the world. And we all need to talk and discuss the potential of independence with our friends and colleagues who show curiosity. Convincing them that independence is the only way to ensure success for this part of the earth that is so dear to us all.”

Actress Sera Cracroft added: “The March for Independence was an unforgettable event. The Dragon is a symbol of our fiery spirit and our unwavering commitment to an independent Wales. We are all determined that Wales is given the right to shape its own path towards independence and create a better country for all.”

The previous marches in Caernarfon, Merthyr Tydfil, Wrexham, Cardiff, and most recently Swansea, have attracted crowds of up to 10,000, highlighting the growing interest in the campaign for independence.


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Phil Egan
Phil Egan
5 months ago

Diolch.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago

Any pro nuclear politicians voicing their opinions there today ?

hdavies15
hdavies15
5 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Beth ? Que ? I didn’t know there were any politicians suggesting we nuke our way to independence. I’m not sure I could support that although selective assassination of Anglo Brit top brass might need to be an option. Never realised you were such a hardliner MM. I think I need to go for a lie down in a darkened room.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Ha Ha hd do you think the powers that be will give up Cymru if Wylfa and Traws go on stream again…That is cloud cuckoo land to my mind…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Warning hd has a sense of humour, rare as hens teeth on here…

OneForAll
OneForAll
5 months ago

The same Welsh people brainwashed by the right to vote for brexit, have now been brainwashed to vote tory because of the new speed limit in built up areas
As a Welsh person I sometimes see how thick Welsh people actually are

Richard
Richard
5 months ago
Reply to  OneForAll

The peoples of Wales what ever background and opinion should be respected my friend.

Silenced!
Silenced!
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Well that’s evidently untrue. The people of Wales are at each others throats over everything. Same as everywhere else

BigE
BigE
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Large numbers of people of Wales have gradually begun to think like Tories, me first. Being a Tory is the easiest thing in the World. Always vote in sel-interest.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
5 months ago

I was there. Great march. Loved singing with Dafydd Iwan!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

Great to see those crowds in Bangor supporting Welsh independence. To have a highly educated prosperous all-inclusive Wales will never be allowed under unionist rule. The Westminster cabal prefer an ignorant divided impoverished Wales isolated on the western fringe of Britain, where poverty is weaponized and our natural resources utilized for England’s benefit not ours. And if we don’t have faith in our own ability as a native people & country will never break free the chains that have held us back for so long.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas
5 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

It’s all very well fighting and winning a war. What will we do to win the peace? Sadly I feel that, like Brexit, any benefits of independence won’t be for the ordinary people. Look at history; Cardiff was happy to flood villages in mid Wales for water. I suspect it made no difference to those who lost their communities that the act was carried out by their own countrymen; if anything it’s worse. Our then future capital city showed callous disregard to our own people (maybe if it hadn’t, and not exploited mid Wales, it would never have been able… Read more »

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CapM
CapM
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Thomas

“Look at history; Cardiff was happy to flood villages in mid Wales for water.”
What/who is “Cardiff” and what did it/they do/didn’t do ?

hdavies15
hdavies15
5 months ago
Reply to  CapM

He refers to those reservoirs in the Bannau which feed Cardiff. Also symptomatic of the growing sense that Cardiff is doing relatively better than rest of Wales, enjoys being “provincial capital” and well and truly tied into the Anglo Brit supremacy model.

Gareth
Gareth
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Thomas

What are you on about, ” Cardiff was happy to flood villages “. Only the puppet ” Welsh office” was in Cardiff, controlled by Westminster. Didnt Welsh MP’s vote against those acts.

Last edited 5 months ago by Gareth
Hywel
Hywel
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Thomas

Not true Richard, The Tryweryn flooding was opposed by 125 local authorities and 27 of 36 Welsh MPs voted against the second reading of the bill with none voting for it. At the time, Wales had no Welsh office (introduced in 1964) or any devolution.

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
5 months ago

Every march seems to attract 10,000 people- doesnt appear that the cause is gaining support? The 10,000 hardend supporters will not get independence any time soon

Silenced!
Silenced!
4 months ago

You and I have VERY different views politically. But I agree. It is probably mostly the same 10,000 in the north and the same 10,000 in the south. I raised why I thought this was in the comments, in the hope that Gwern might see it and consider it (since it is, without a doubt one of the five main reasons for the failure of the movement to grow, since 2021). But the moderator deleted it. No point posting it again because the moderator will delete it again. It’s a shame because silencing differing, creative viewpoints to protect rigid, dogmatic,… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Silenced!

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