In­ter­na­tional march backs in­de­pen­dence

The Herald - - POLITICS -

A GROUP of pro-Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ac­tivists based in the Nether­lands are to stage the first in­ter­na­tional march for the cause.

Scot­tish speak­ers and mu­si­cians have been in­vited to the event, which aims to mo­bilise ex­pat Scots as well as lo­cal cit­i­zens.

The event is sched­uled for April 22.

Or­gan­iser Rai­mon Di­jk­stra, of Nether­lands For Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence Group, said: “I have been in­ter­ested in Scot­land and its his­tory my en­tire life.

“About seven or eight years ago, I vis­ited for the first time with my dad. And the in­ter­est turned into a love for the great­est coun­try on earth.

“Then I started be­ing ac­tive on­line in cre­at­ing pro-in­de­pen­dence art­work right be­fore the 2014 ref­er­en­dum.

Mr Di­jskstra, 43, who is aim­ing for a 1,000 strong turnout, added: “After the re­sult, I felt gut­ted and felt the need to do some­thing more. And hav­ing been po­lit­i­cally ac­tive here in the Nether­lands, I joined the SNP and have been a mem­ber ever since.”

“There will be a fair num­ber of Scots com­ing over,”

High-pro­file Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ac­tivists James Scott, of the Scot­tish Re­sis­tance, SNP and CND mem­ber Gwen Sin­clair, SNP mem­ber Gregg Brain and mu­si­cians Kevin Gore, Bobby Ni­chol­son and Amanda Brown have been in­vited.

Mean­while, a group call­ing it­self Ger­mans For Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence Group is aim­ing to mo­bilise Ger­man­based sup­port­ers for the event.

Colin MacPher­son, a mem­ber of the group, said: “Our mem­bers come from all walks of life, Scots and Ger­mans liv­ing in Ger­many, Scots and Ger­mans liv­ing in Scot­land.

“Like other groups in the Yes move­ment we are cur­rently re­or­gan­is­ing our­selves in or­der to be ready to do what­ever we can to help Scot­land on its road to In­de­pen­dence.”

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