A group of Wales fans have organised a march for Welsh independence before today’s game against Denmark.
They will get together at the Moon on Womanby Street, Cardiff at 4pm and march to Cardiff City Stadium at 6.30pm.
Andrew Benjamin from Welsh Football Fans for Independence said that supporting independence for the football team and the country went hand in hand.
“The idea is to bring fans together that support Independence for our nation and try to encourage more supporters to get involved in the broader campaign for Independence,” he said.
“All fans are welcome to get involved. This is a very new group and all ideas are encouraged.
“Our support is always passionate and patriotic, without any of the usual media reinforced divisions like north/south, east/west, English speaker/Welsh speaker, we are all as one and would like to help make this more visible on match days.
“We aim to help try and organise fans to display Yes Cymru flags, banners, stickers etc at matches both home and away.
“The mainstream media doesn’t take much interest in the Independence movement, it hardly takes any interest in Wales at all! Now is the time to get active and get the message out by marching, leafletting, using social media, attending meetings and arranging them if needs be, showing your support for Independence at matches, doing anything you possibly can.”
Wales will play Denmark tonight with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Wales are boosted by the return of forward Gareth Bale, who missed last month’s win in the Republic of Ireland because of injury.
Andrew Benjamin said that he hoped that enthusiasm aroiund the Welsh football team would translate into enthusiasm for independence.
The response so far, before the Spain and Ireland games, had been “exceptional,” he said.
“Over the last few months it seems that derogatory comments and outright attacks on Wales, the Welsh, our language and national identity have increased and become more acceptable,” he said.
“In recent weeks we’ve had newspaper columnists mocking us, online news outlets goading us for clicks, radio stations and presenters pushing us for more calls and inept egotistical politicians riding roughshod over the wishes of many tens of thousands of Welsh people’s interests. Not to mention powers being taken/given away from us in the Bay.
“The only way we can begin to put an end to this is to start having more confidence in ourselves as a nation and taking control of our country.”