Scottish independence: Thousands march through Edinburgh

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Independence supporters gathered in Edinburgh ahead of the march

Thousands of people are marching through Edinburgh in support of Scottish independence.

It begins in Holyrood Park and ends with a rally in The Meadows.

Joanna Cherry, the SNP MP who led the legal fight against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament, is among those who will address the rally.

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted to say she would be at the march “in spirit” but not in person. “Be in no doubt – independence is coming,” she added.

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Organisers All Under One Banner said they expected more than 100,000 people to take part.

They said about 100,000 were at a similar event in the capital last year but an official estimate by City of Edinburgh Council put crowd numbers at 20,000.

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All Under One Banner is a movement bringing together supporters of Scottish independence.

Since forming in 2014, it has held events in towns and cities across the country.

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City centre roads in Edinburgh are closed to accommodate the event.

Supporters were scheduled to leave Holyrood Park at about 13:00 before taking a route of about 1.8 miles (3km) to The Meadows.

They are following Queens Drive, Horse Wynd, Canongate, High Street, Lawnmarket, George IV bridge, Forrest Road and Middle Meadow Walk.

It is likely to be a colourful and noisy march, with organisers urging participants to take flags, banners, pipes and drums on their journeys.

A number of high-profile supporters of Scottish independence have been lined up to speak at the rally.

As well as Ms Cherry, they include comedian Janey Godley, broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli, and ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan.

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A group of pipers are among those who are joining the march

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