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  • Thousands of Welshmen marched for their independence on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

    Thousands of Welshmen marched for their independence on Saturday, May 11, 2019. | Photo: Twitter: @AUOBCymru

Published 11 May 2019

"It's about getting people out on the streets, off social media and making the discussion about independence part of the mainstream," said protest organizers.

For the first time in the country’s history, protesters in Wales are fighting for their independence with thousands of demonstrators pushing to leave the U.K. and the complications of Brexit behind.

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“For many years, our desire to see an independent Wales has seemed distant. But the tide is turning, the marches are growing, and the voices are louder,” said Nationalist party leader, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

“Decades of Westminster neglect have resulted in poverty and under-investment. A third of our children are living in relative poverty and you only have to look at the Brexit chaos to see that Westminster is not fit to govern or represent Wales,” the Plaid Cymru party leader said.

According to Llywelyn ap Gwilym, an organizer behind All Under One Banner Cymru, “The debate around Wales’s constitutional future has intensified since the vote for the U.K. to leave the European Union.

“Several groups believe that Wales and its people would have a better future as an independent nation outside the U.K.  ... There is an increasing realization that independence is normal,” he said, WalesOnline reports.

"It's about getting people out on the streets, off social media and making the discussion about independence part of the mainstream," the activist told BBC.

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