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Scottish independence marches cancelled due to lockdown restrictions

A march through Glasgow in support of Scottish independence has been cancelled due to lockdown restrictions, organisers have revealed.

All Under One Banner (AUOB) – a non-party volunteer group known for organising pro-independence events across the country – said today it had pulled the plug on its showpiece march on May 1.

Previous independence marches in Glasgow have attracted tens of thousands of supporters, with a rally in January 2020 said to have been attended by more than 50,000.

Smaller marches due to take place in Kirkcaldy and Arbroath in the spring have also been cancelled.

It comes as both Scottish Labour and the Conservatives hit-out at council bosses in Glasgow after it was reported an independence march would take place on May 8.

But AUOB said in a statement today it had decided the marches planned for spring could not safely take place.

“It is with regret that we have made this decision for we know that everyone is keen to take to the streets again,” it said.

“We are all desperate to get out and about to take action and eager to reconnect and be amongst people after what feels like an aeon of isolation.

“However what matters most is that mass gatherings take place when they are safe to do so – safe not just for the participants who make the marches happen, but safe for the population of Scotland at large – whether they support independence or not, and so this is the correct course of action to take.”

AUOB said it hoped a mass march planned to take place in Edinburgh in October would still go ahead.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said a notification to hold a march in May was submitted before the current lockdown restrictions came into force.

They added: “Having discussed it with the organiser, we understand they no longer expect to use the date and the notification will be withdrawn.”

AUOB has no official connection to the SNP but several senior party members have attended marches in the past.

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