GATHERINGS took place across Europe on Wednesday as European supporters of Scottish independence sent a message of solidarity following the Supreme Court’s ruling.
In countries including France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Finland and Denmark, those who back Scotland’s right to choose took to the streets with Saltires and signs.
Europe for Scotland had planned the rallies to coincide with the Supreme Court’s announcement. When the result revealed that Scotland does not have the legislative power to hold indyref2 without Westminster’s consent, the campaigners sent a message of support to the country.
“The fight is not over but rest assured: Scotland is not alone in it,” they said.
As 15 rallies were staged across Scotland, with the First Minister speaking to the crowds gathered outside the Scottish Parliament, our European neighbours were standing in solidarity.
Below are a selection of photographs from across Europe taken at Wednesday’s rallies.
Supporters of independence at the Colosseum in Rome. Photograph courtesy of Sarah De Sanctis, Europe for Scotland's Italian ambassador (Image: Sarah De Sanctis)
Giada Mazzetti of Italians for Independence in Crema, Italy. (Image: Europe for Scotland)
Supporters from Ireland, Brazil, Turkey and the USA at the Dail, Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Anderson (Image: Andrew Anderson)
Supporters gather in Berlin, Germany. Felix Hoffmann read out Europe for Scotland's declaration in German. (Image: Europe for Scotland)
A group of supporters in Chateauneuf sur Loire, in north-central France. (Image: Europe for Scotland)
Supporters in Paris met at a pub fittingly called the Auld Alliance (Image: Europe for Scotland)
John in Burgos in Castilla y Leon, Spain (Image: Europe for Scotland)
Solidarity from Hervantajärvi, Finland, on a dark afternoon (Image: Europe for Scotland)
Supporters at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels (Image: Europe for Scotland)
Finally, we have a video message from Anders, filmed outside the Danish parliament. "We say to the Scots, we stand with you."