An estimated 20,000 people have taken to the streets of Glasgow to demonstrate for Scotland’s independence from Britain, organisers say.
Nicola Sturgeon, the head of Scotland’s devolved government and of the Scottish National Party, was also present at the rally, taking part in an independence event for the first time in five years.
“An independent Scotland is closer than it has ever been,” Ms Sturgeon wrote in a statement released hours before the start of Saturday’s rally.
“It really is within touching distance.”
On Friday (local time), Ms Sturgeon said she would request a new referendum on independence from London before the end of December.
“This election is Scotland’s chance to escape Brexit and to put our future in our own hands,” Ms Sturgeon said.
She called on voters to cast their ballots for the SNP and thereby strengthen Scotland’s position.
In Scotland’s first independence referendum in 2014, 55 percent voted against a split from Britain.