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Optimistic rallies for Yes campaign held across Scotland

Issue No. 2420

Yes campaigners in Glasgow were boosted by socialists from England and Wales last weekend to push the case for independence.

They joined activists from the Radical Independence Campaign, Yes Scotland and Scots Asians for Independence.

It came at the end of a momentous week for the Yes campaign as a poll put it ahead on 51 percent for the first time. 

Hundreds of people from working class communities turned out for the Hope Over Fear tour by socialist politician Tommy Sheridan.

Dundee has rarely seen a political event as optimistic as the 500 people crammed into the Marryat Hall to hear him. He spoke alongside other socialists, including the Socialist Workers Party’s Angela McCormick. 

The platform repeated their speeches outside to more than 150 people who had been unable to get in.

Some 220 people packed into Aberdeen’s Copthorne Hotel, while over 100 people held an impromptu outdoor overflow meeting in a nearby housing estate. 

In Coatbridge’s Sikeside Community Centre every chair in the building, including the janitor’s, was utilised for the 300-strong crowd. 

In Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, another 400 turned out. Around 200 packed out a pub in Alloa, and another 250 met in the Celtic Supporters Club in Glasgow at the same time as a Celtic match.

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