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Thousands march for independence in Merthyr Tydfil in third event of the year

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales/Dean Thomas-Welch

Thousands are marching through Merthyr Tydfil in Wales' third demonstration for Welsh independence.

It comes after similar marches in Cardiff and Caernarfon earlier this year.

The first march in Cardiff in May attracted crowds of over 3,000, while the event in Caernarfon saw 10,000 - double the town's population.

ITV Wales Correspondent, Dean Thomas-Welch estimated more than 3,000 people joined the march in Merthyr on Saturday afternoon.

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Organisers, All Under One Banner Cymru (AUOBC) said it's important that Wales ''voice is heard.''

The marches in Cardiff and Caernarfon have been excellent. They’ve drawn in large numbers of people, have created a buzz on social media and on TV and in print, and have really helped further the cause of independence for our country. It is more important than ever for Wales to make its voice heard, and for the people of Wales to realise that there is a viable alternative: independence.

– Llywelyn ap Gwilym, AUOB Cymru
Credit: ITV Cymru Wales/Dean Thomas-Welch

Sports and arts personalities, such as Neville Southall and Kizzy Crawford, will join campaigners at Penderyn Square where the rally ends.

Former Wales rugby captain and commentator Eddie Butler said he had been ''waiting for this moment.''

I’ve been waiting for this moment, this awakening, for a long time… I am fully on board and the Merthyr March has been indelibly inked in the diary for weeks.

– Eddie Butler
Credit: ITV Cymru Wales/Dean Thomas-Welch

AUOBCymru is a Welsh grassroots movement calling for independence for Wales. It is supported by a number of groups who share the aim of securing an independent Wales, and is not aligned with or affiliated with any political party.