In July, at least 8,000 supporters of an independent Wales marched through the streets of Caernarfon. The number of demonstrators had doubled since an #IndyWales march in Cardiff in May.
Welsh independence is a “viable alternative”
We had marchers from Rhondda, Cynon and the Gwent Valleys and the Caerphilly area. And I spoke to one man at the march who was going to set up a branch in Blackwood…
With the anti-democratic mess that is currently happening in Westminster, it is more important than ever for Wales to make its voice heard, and for the people of Wales to realise that there is a viable alternative: independence.
If we want real democracy, we have to create it
The movement for independence is gaining popularity in the face of the baldly undemocratic developments in the British parliament. Undod (which is Welsh for ‘Unity’) sent out a tweet about the current attempts to suspend parliament by Boris Johnson:
We should oppose what Boris Johnson did – not in order to defend democracy in Westminster, but as part of acknowledging that there is no real democracy in Westminster. If we want real democracy we have to create it, here in Wales and everywhere else.
Undod is a “democratic, non-hierarchical, republican movement” calling for a radical independence for Wales. Undod told The Canary that it organised a ‘radical bloc’ at Saturday’s march in Merthyr.
Mainstreaming the movement for independence
The mainstreaming of the idea of Welsh independence can be seen by the fact that on Sunday 8 September the BBC reported comments made by former-Labour Party MP Gwynoro Jones that discussions about Wales’ future should be had, just like in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“The time has to be now”
I grew up in these valleys and ever since I was a teenager I knew that one day Wales would be an independent nation. But the events of recent years, months and even weeks have lead to this growing, rumbling, crescendo of realisation that that time has to be now.
Featured image via Undod, used with permission
- Listen to the speeches from the march
We need your help ...
The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads.
Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion.
We have been fighting against an establishment that is trying to shut us down. And like most independent media, we don’t have the deep pockets of investors to call on to bail us out.
Can you help by chipping in a few pounds each month?