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Thousands march in Caernarfon calling for an independent Wales

Thousands of people have marched in Caernarfon calling for an independent Wales.

The organisers, All Under One Banner Cymru (AUOB Cymru), said the gathering showed momentum “for the people of Wales to take control of their futures”.

It follows a similar rally organised by AUOB Cymru in Cardiff in May, which organisers said was the first march in Welsh history for independence.

Organisers said the gathering showed the momentum for the people of Wales 'to take control of their future'

March organiser Siôn Jobbins said today’s event was “another mass movement for an independent Wales”.

“We’ve seen thousands of people come here from all parts of Wales, not just the north, and they obviously see that Wales can do a better job by itself and be independent of Westminster”.

March organiser Siôn Jobbins

The crowds heard from a range of speakers, including Scottish comedian and political activist Hardeep Singh Kohli.

“It is time for Wales, like Scotland, to become a nation restored”, he said.

“From Flint Castle to Chepstow in the south, it is time for the land of song to once again sing their own song.”

A recent poll for ITV Wales showed 12% of people supported the idea of an independent Wales.

First Minister Mark Drakeford recently indicated that the Welsh Government would consider supporting Welsh independence, were Scotland to leave the UK.

While giving evidence to the External Affairs Committee, the First Minister was asked whether his support for the union was “unconditional” to which he said he did not envisage any circumstances where it would be in Wales’ interests to leave the UK.

But when pressed by Plaid Cymru AM Delyth Jewell, he said “any sensible political party or government would have to reassess Wales’ place”.

“If you believe the UK is a voluntary association of four nations you have to face the possibility that some component parts of the United Kingdom may no longer choose to be part of it.

“If that were to be the case in future then of course, any sensible political party or government would have to reassess Wales’ place in the components that were there in the future.

“So in that sense it can’t possibly be unconditional because there are other moving parts here of which we are not in control.”

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