do you ever just get the overwhelming urge to cry because you think you’re not going to go far in life because you’re not as smart or as talented as the people around you
girlpowerimmortalized said: Hey sorry I was wondering if you could tell me what's going on in Scotland, just wanna be informed, I've seen a lot of posts but I'm not entirely sure what's happening, sorry
on Thursday we had a referendum on whether or not we were to go independent from the uk and their crooked Westminster rulings.
The result was 55% no (stay in the uk) and 45% yes (leave the uk) . The no voters won the referendum but some of them still went along with the orange order to George Square in Glasgow fully knowing there was a yes rally going on there as the yes campaign had been peacefully gathering there for a few days.
The no voters started causing trouble,
burning Scottish flags,
surrounding young women and physically harming them because they had Scottish flags (https://t.co/azaQBRmPS2) ,
they attacked one woman who was pushing a child in a pram because she had a yes sign flag on the pram. (https://38.media.tumblr.com/83763106687e97fd15e52a8b61a438a5/tumblr_nc61yuEJU41tkulg7o1_1280.png)
they started giving Nazi salutes (https://twitter.com/jonfaec/status/513073434902138880/photo/1 ).
That somehow progressed into these people going around attacking anyone who was non-white or supported independence. chasing the yes voters out of the square with fireworks and flares,( http://samwisegamgee.co.vu/post/97920983330/rhetoricandtreason-ugly-and-terrifying-scenes) (https://33.media.tumblr.com/0f478776fc6bc6a65617aaead93f622b/tumblr_nc61yuEJU41tkulg7o2_1280.png)
they set fire to the herald building which is the only newspaper to openly support independence (http://samwisegamgee.co.vu/post/97921067065/clears-kawaii-booty-according-to-sources-no)
, rumours of a 17 year being stabbed and its been deemed unsafe to go out in Glasgow wearing any yes shirts/badges/flags and to take down any yes signs from your house for your own safety, we have been forced to be silent about our opinion in the biggest and most important political event in our country in years because it could affect our safety.
theres a livestream of the square it might have calmed down by now but i’m pretty sure you can go back and watch some of it ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86lrybeUXIg
also our first minister and leader of the yes campaign has resigned
and theres an orange walk later today which is a totally bad idea because their presence will probably cause this unionist aggression to get worse.
The bbc and other mainstream media sources haven’t been covering the riots at all . They basically got us to stay in Britain then abandoned us when we needed them not even 24 hours later. People are being hurt and lives could be in danger and theres a british media blackout, the only coverage ive seen is on the twitter feed of a local radio station and social media platforms. The bbc have chosen to ignore a fight of racism, fascism, and straight up abuse. and I don’t think any of us is going to forget that any time soon.
To answer your question of whats going on? we honestly don’t know, the no party have already won the vote so why are they causing riots? nobody has a fucking clue .
some of those links for the sources have footage of people being blatantly attacked so please be cautious if you are triggered in any way by violence.
(I hope you don’t mind me publishing this because a few people have asked me about it and I think this would help some people understand)
ellisbender said: Sorry for being an idiot but I am kind of confused as to the whole situation in Scotland. I no that they just voted to remain part of the UK but what is going on now?? And who is doing all of the spray painting??? Once again sorry for being dumb.
Honestly, don’t worry, even people in the UK don’t know what’s happening because we have shocking media censorship over here.
Okay, so for the last two years, Alex Salmond (now former first minister of Scotland) and the SNP and all the grassroots Yes campaigns, have been campaigning for the Independence of Scotland from the Union of Britain. Now this isn’t the first time this has happened, we had a referendum in the 70s, and it was swinging heavily towards a Yes vote for independence, but Margaret Thatcher and her cronies got their claws in and put in (now) illegal measures to ensure that didn’t happen. We got basic devolution powers later, which allowed us to form our own government with EXTREMELY limited powers. The Yes campaign did a brilliant job, but because the media in the UK is entirely right-wing biased, the fear mongering got to people and Independence was rejected 45-55. And while it’s not what I wanted, that is a very promising result, meaning people are getting more informed.
This is were it gets weird.
So the No (or pro-union) campaign won the referendum, but because the vote was counted by area they “lost” the vote in certain areas. One of these areas was Glasgow in which a majority voted to leave the Union. Glasgow has a long history of violence, but it has done VERY well recently in remaining peaceful, and the Yes campaign has never once acted violently in their campaigning so it seemed like the result of this referendum should be reacted to peacefully.
In George Square (largely regarded as the unofficial HQ for the Yes campaign) which is right next door to the single busiest shopping street in Glasgow, a few Yes campaigners were out there today protesting/campaigning peacefully.
The NO campaign has been constantly associated with notoriously violent groups. The Orange Order (A protestant extremist organisation, at their first rally they through a glass bottle at a twelve year old girl and have shoved and punched Yes voters) and the Rangers Football Club fans (incredibly religious and violent group).
During the peaceful Yes Protest in George Square, hundreds of Unionists carrying Union Jacks and singing “God Save the Queen” and Rangers football club songs marched towards them, shoving and harassing passing innocent Yes voters. The majority of them are middle aged men, and have been seen spitting at women wearing Yes badges and calling them Scum. The police arrived to form a barrier, which antagonized the Unionist, and they charged at the Yes protesters.
Usually I’m not the biggest fan of the police, but right now they are doing a top-notch job of at least not allowing this to break into a massacre. I have heard reports of Yes voters being stabbed, beaten up and attacked with hammers. Yes voters are being told not to wear their badges and to take their posters down to avoid harrassment and vandalism.
Here’s some eyewitness stuff
This is what Britain is.
I’m going to post this publicly, please reblog. To anyone in Glasgow tonight, please stay safe.
But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our accounts, we’re asking for it. If we’re not wearing anti-rape nail polish, we’re asking for it. If we don’t take self-defence classes, we’re asking for it. If we get drunk, we’re asking for it. If our skirts are too short, we’re asking for it. If we pass out at a party, we’re asking for it. If we are not hyper-vigilant every single fucking second of every single fucking day, we are asking for it. Even when we are hyper-vigilant, we’re still asking for it. The fact that we exist is asking for it.
This is what rape culture looks like.
This is what misogyny looks like."