‘It’s great to see something happening again, something which shows support for independence,’ said some visitors to the Pensioners for independence street stall at Ayr’s Wallace Tower on Saturday.
The stall was just one of more than 110 activities taking place all over the country during Believe in Scotland’s Day of Action for independence, which signalled a return to active campaigning by the Yes movement after social distancing restrictions called a halt 18 months ago.
All over Scotland during the Day of Action Yes activists set up stalls, sold home baking, flew saltires up mountains, distributed 150,000 leaflets, gave away copies of our Open Minds on Independence supplement
The Ayr activists had a powerful message for pensioners, distributing Believe in Scotland leaflets explaining that the UK pension is the worst in the developed world and calling for the Scottish government to increase it to £200 a week in an independent Scotland.
All over Scotland during the Day of action Yes activists set up stalls, sold home baking, flew saltires up mountains, distributed 150,000 leaflets, gave away copies of an Open Minds on Independence supplement produced by Believe in Scotland in conjunction with the National newspaper…
Yes for EU flew Saltires and European flags and placed a giant yes sign at the Scottish parliament. Other groups flew Saltires from bridges. Yes Bikers took the message on an amazing 400-mile round trip throughout Scotland. Women for Independence members took part too.
It was a fantastic opportunity for all parts of the Yes movement to unite in campaigning now that a second independence referendum has been confirmed by the Scottish government before the end of 2023.
The Day of Action was an internet sensation too. Hundreds of pictures were posted on social media, all using the hashtag #BelieveInScotland, which was trending in twitter throughout the day
At least 112 yes groups took part in the big day, with more than more than 1,000 activists participating.
The Day of Action was an internet sensation too. Hundreds of pictures were posted on social media, all using the hashtag #BelieveInScotland, which was trending in twitter throughout the day. Supporters also took part by posting on social media why they believed in Scotland.
Altogether it was an amazing response to the Believe in Scotland Day of Action for Independence which marked the start of an Autumn of Action for Indy.
A series of initiatives will focus on opening minds to the idea that independence is normal. The autumn activities will aim to convert those not yet convinced that independence is the best option for Scotland’s future.
Believe in Scotland founder Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said that the Yes movement needed a shot in the arm after lockdown and it was time to get together after months of Zoom meetings and call an end to recent in-fighting.
He said: “We needed to focus on being independent ambassadors – to get out of the Yes bubble and engage the undecided, and we took the first step back into the light.
‘The Day of Action was just the first part of a much larger campaign to reinvigorate the movement and swell the ranks of Yes supporters. The second independence referendum will be upon us before we know it and it’s vital that we are prepared to mount a positive, compelling case over the months ahead.
‘Believe in Scotland has a huge role to play in preparing and promoting that case. Look out for information on more exciting events in the weeks to come.
‘In the meantime we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the Day of Action and helped to make it even more successful than we expected. It’s great to know we have the movement behind us.'