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Thousands rally for Scotland’s independence from Britain in Glasgow

Thousands rally for Scotland’s independence from Britain in Glasgow

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Glasgow, the United Kingdom’s third largest city, to rally for Scotland’s independence from Britain.

The rally started late Saturday morning in Glasgow’s west end at Kelvingrove Park, before making its way through the city center to Glasgow Green.

Activist group All Under One Banner that had organized the protest estimated some 17,000 people have taken part in the march and made the event the “biggest ever” independence protest Glasgow has ever seen.

After UK Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap general election in April, the group announced the rally for independence.

“If you believe in an independent Scotland then you have to attend and together we will show the elite Westminster establishment,” it wrote on its Facebook page.

“Then we will go to the Voting Booths and Vote SNP [The Scottish National Party] on June the 8th,” it added.

The protest is underway less than a week before voters go to the polls for general election.

May, who took office last July, called for snap general election to be held on 8 June, arguing that the country needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following last year’s referendum which opted to leave the European Union.

The UK held the referendum—known as Brexit— on June 23, 2016, in which 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU. Scottish voters, however, overwhelmingly voted to remain a part of the bloc by 62 percent to 38 percent.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a formal request for a second independence referendum back in May, but the prime minister said that “now is not the time” for a second “divisive” referendum.

The last time Scots voted on independence was in 20104, when 55.30 percent voted to stay while 44.70 percent voted to leave.