Edinburgh's 'Million Mask March' flies distinctly Scottish colours

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Amongst other Guy Fawkes Night partying, the now-regular march to the Scottish Parliament by Anonymous saw significantly higher attendance, Wednesday, at this year's event. With Catalan flags and pro-Independence Saltires flying, activist numbers had clearly been swelled by the referendum result.

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Banner — later used to lead the march — laid out on the Castle Esplanade before setting off.
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Police waiting, on the adjacent Johnston Terrace, prior to the march setting off.
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Saltires by moonlight, as the growd gathers on the Castle Esplanade.
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Anonymous Scotland banner surrounded by group of protesters.
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Pro-Independence supporters mingling with masked members of Anonymous.
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As the march prepares to set off, the banner is raised and the crowd asked to assemble behind it.
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Crowd heading off Esplanade, with the Outlook Tower Camera obscura to top-right of frame.
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Police Scotland watch as the crowd progresses down Edinburgh's High Street.
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Walking down Castle Hill on the Royal Mile.
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Edinburgh Castle as backdrop to the crowd leaving the Esplanade.
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Further down Edinburgh's High Street, with the banner passing the High Court.
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The crowd progressing down Edinburgh's High Street towards the Scottish Parliament
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Passing the top of Cockburn Street on the Royal Mile.
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Passing the top of Cockburn Street on the Royal Mile.
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The crowd progressing down Edinburgh's High Street towards the Scottish Parliament.
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A Police van leads the procession down the bottom-half of the High Street.
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March walking down The Canongate.
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Passing Edinburgh's New Street, which leads down to the City of Edinburgh Council's Waverley Court HQ.
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Marchers walking down Edinburgh's High Street towards Scottish Parliament.
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The March progresses through the city's Canongate area.
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Regardless of chanting, which included taunts over the lack of BBC presence, marchers were in good spirits.
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The crowd outside the Scottish Parliament was a wide mix of ages.
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Not all who took part wore Guy Fawkes masks.
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Most of the crowd were well wrapped-up to guard against the night air chill.
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Pro-Catalan independence flag flying as part of the protest at the Scottish Parliament.
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Police Scotland were conspicuous amongst the crowd, although not present in large numbers.
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Pro-Catalan independence flag flying as part of the protest at the Scottish Parliament.
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Some protesters self-identified as part of the 45% of the Scottish electorate who voted Yes to Independence.
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Pro-Independence sentiment was highly-visible amongst protesters at the Scottish Parliament.
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Some banners were particularly direct with their message.
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Several humorous Independence-related tropes were on display.
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Some banners were particularly direct with their message.
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Several humorous Independence-related tropes were on display, although the protest was good-natured throughout.
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Free paper masks were being handed out to those not prepared to buy mass-manufactured ones.
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Protesters waiting for the event's speakers whilst PA problems were sorted out.
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Guy McV at the protest outside the Scottish Parliament.
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Crowd walking across grassy area between Parliament and Queen's Drive.
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Protesters waiting for the event's speakers.
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Kilted protester with Saltire mask.
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Protesters waiting for the event's speakers.
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Kilted protester with Saltire mask.
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Banner with Scottish Parliament partially visible in the background.
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Much of the crowd treated the gathering at the Parliament like a party.
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Attendee filming the event, with Parliament building in the background.
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Wrapped up against the cold, outside the Scottish Parliament.
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Many draped themselves in Scotland's flag, the Saltire.
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Staring through a paper mask into the camera.
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Not all present were overly-concerned with the cold weather.
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Protesters outside the Scottish Parliament after marching from Edinburgh Castle
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Speakers address the assembled crowd after some technical difficulties with the PA system.
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A documentary-maker films the protest speakers.
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A few of the collected donations intended for a local food bank.
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Many treated the protest more like a party.
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Protested, with beard jutting out below Guy Fawkes mask.
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The crowd listening to speakers at the Parliament.
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