A new generation is pushing for freedom

A new generation is pushing for freedom

Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) is hoping for a majority in the May 6 regional elections to demand a second independence referendum from Boris Johnson as an ultimatum. Brexit has given the SNP a lot of young voters, but unlike former champions, the new generation of nationalists no longer want to bang their heads against the wall.

Supporters of Scottish independence in action in the summer of 2020. If the Scottish National Party (SNP) wins the regional election, they expect a second independence referendum.

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It’s a daring move that would make Ian Hamilton one of the greatest heroes of the Scottish independence movement in December 1950: the student drives from Glasgow to London in a small car with three companions, the young nationalists having an adventure in their luggage. plan is. at Westminster Abbey in London, stone of scion Preserved – a piece of 152 kg on which Scottish kings were once crowned. In 1296, however, the English king Edward I brought the stone to London and integrated it into the coronation chair, since then the British king sat on the stone as he ascended the throne: what from the British point of view was a symbol of the union of the two kingdoms, to Scottish nationalists. Considered as a sign of harassment. But now Hamilton and his comrades have managed to break into Westminster Abbey in the early hours of Christmas Day, ram a stone into a car and take it to Scotland. “There was joy all over the country,” Hamilton, now 96, recalls over the phone. “I never would have imagined that our action would cause such a huge reaction.”

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