Cardiff march shows tide is turning on Welsh independence views, Price says – The National

Cardiff march shows \tide is turning\ on Welsh independence views, Price says - The National

Thousands march in Cardiff calling for Welsh independence

Some protesters said they had been lifelong supporters of independence, while others said they were converted by Brexit and austerity. A recent poll for ITV Wales showed that 12% of people support self-government.

As the march ended with a rendition of the Welsh national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, Adam Price, leader of nationalist party Plaid Cymru, said that Welsh problems could be more easily solved if decisions were taken within the nation.

March organiser Llywelyn ap Gwilym told ITV Wales the independence movement is better organised than in the past but acknowledged the public mood for it was not growing quickly.

For many years, our desire to see an independent Wales has seemed distant. But the tide is turning, the marches are growing, and the voices are louder, he said.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest The march through the centre of Cardiff. Photograph: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock Decades of Westminster neglect have resulted in poverty and under-investment. A third of our children are living in relative poverty and you only have to look at the Brexit chaos to see that Westminster is not fit to govern or represent Wales.

Some on the rally have been lifelong supporters of independence others said they have been converted by Brexit.

Read more Llywelyn ap Gwilym, a spokesperson for organiser All Under One Banner Cymru, told WalesOnline: The debate around Waless constitutional future has intensified since the vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

Organisers, who hoped for a turn out of a thousand people, say there will be further events in the future.

Several groups believe that Wales and its people would have a better future as an independent nation outside the UK … There is an increasing realisation that independence is normal.

Organisers, All Under One Banner Cymru, say it's the first march in Welsh history for independence.

“It’s impossible to tell how many people were here today but we estimated 2,000 people to the police and council and I think we were comfortably there but I don’t think the number matters.

“We had a really good turn out and more importantly it was a great turn out in terms of everyone bringing their flags, everyone singing and having a great time.

“I spoke to our police liaison officer and he commented how nice an atmosphere it was and it really was so we’re all pretty happy.”

“For many years, our desire to see an independent Wales has seemed distant. But the tide is turning, the marches are growing, and the voices are louder.

“Decades of Westminster neglect have resulted in poverty and under-investment. A third of our children are living in relative poverty and you only have to look at the Brexit chaos to see that Westminster is not fit to govern or represent Wales.

“People are waking up to the idea that independence is normal and that the solution to our problems in Wales is to take our future into our own hands.

“Grassroots organisations like of Yes Cymru, Undod, AUOB and Welsh Football Fans for Independence, the repainting of Cofiwch Dryweryn and the sold-out, thousand strong Yes is More gig shows there is a new-found confidence in Wales’ future as an independent country.

“Imagine what an outward, fairer, progressive and welcoming country, with all the democratic and economic levers it needs and where anyone who wants to be Welsh can call Wales their home, could contribute to the world.

“Today, I will be proud to march alongside my fellow citizens from all across Wales to proudly declare that Wales’ brightest possible future is as an independent nation at the heart of Europe.”

The event has been organised by All Under One Banner Cymru and is being described as the “first ever” march for independence

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