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Gallery: Photos show European support for Scotland's independence after court ruling

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.

Italy

The National: Supporters of independence at the Colosseum in Rome. Photograph courtesy of Sarah De Sanctis, Europe for Scotland's Italian ambassadorSupporters of independence at the Colosseum in Rome. Photograph courtesy of Sarah De Sanctis, Europe for Scotland's Italian ambassador (Image: Sarah De Sanctis)

The National:  Giada Mazzetti of Italians for Independence in Crema, Italy. Giada Mazzetti of Italians for Independence in Crema, Italy. (Image: Europe for Scotland)

Ireland

The National: Supporters from Ireland, Brazil, Turkey and the USA at the Dail, Dublin. Photograph: Andrew AndersonSupporters from Ireland, Brazil, Turkey and the USA at the Dail, Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Anderson (Image: Andrew Anderson)

Germany

The National: Supporters gather in Berlin, Germany. Felix Hoffmann read out Europe for Scotland's declaration in German.Supporters gather in Berlin, Germany. Felix Hoffmann read out Europe for Scotland's declaration in German. (Image: Europe for Scotland)

France

The National: A group of supporters in Chateauneuf sur Loire, in north-central France.A group of supporters in Chateauneuf sur Loire, in north-central France. (Image: Europe for Scotland)

The National: Supporters in Paris met at a pub fittingly called the Auld AllianceSupporters in Paris met at a pub fittingly called the Auld Alliance (Image: Europe for Scotland)

Spain

The National: John in Burgos in Castilla y Leon, SpainJohn in Burgos in Castilla y Leon, Spain (Image: Europe for Scotland)

Finland

The National: Solidarity from Hervantajärvi, Finland, on a dark afternoonSolidarity from Hervantajärvi, Finland, on a dark afternoon (Image: Europe for Scotland)

Belgium

The National: Supporters at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in BrusselsSupporters at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels (Image: Europe for Scotland)

Denmark

Finally, we have a video message from Anders, filmed outside the Danish parliament. "We say to the Scots, we stand with you."

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