Solidarity with Scotland: Our legitimate right to support an independent Scotland


A guest post by Pilar Fernandez.


solidaritySolidarity is the empathy between people and nations, it is the tenderness between them; it starts at home. A solidarity movement frequently starts as a response to very unfair and abusive behaviour from the establishment against ordinary people. You can feel the injustice and you want to answer it by showing your support and sympathy for your brothers and sisters.

That is the reason for this international campaign Solidarity with Scotland.

The UK Government is using all its power to attack this democratic process by allowing people from other countries to interfere in this debate. The UK Government is using the Devolution Unit office like a reception for messages against Scottish independence.

We are asking people to send messages of support to the Devolution Unit, because we think that we have the right to protect and support a democratic, fair and peaceful debate. Because we believe that it should be balanced and respectful to this debate and allow the people of Scotland to decide for themselves. From the beginning of this process, people from the Conservative parties in Europe have been interfering by creating a hostile atmosphere against the possibility of independence for Scotland.

We are trying to contact Scots living abroad and friends of Scotland, and we are encouraging them to get involved in this campaign. We, Galicians, have been suffering emigration for at least a century and we know very well how difficult it is living abroad when something very special happens back home. We are an ancient fishing nation, like Scotland. We have been connected to each other for years and years.

In Galiza the lives of more than 20,000 people in the fishing industry alone are directly affected by Scotland’s membership of the EU where an independent Scotland would remain, unlike the uncertainty caused by staying in the UK who appear to want to leave.

We can understand very well the importance of being part of your home country, because, even when you have lived for years abroad, you never cut the links with your culture, your family, your friends… there is always the idea of returning as soon as possible, and sometimes it’s very difficult to get back home soon.

We are asking people to send us pictures with the letters that they have sent to the Embassies or pictures with messages of support for Scottish Independence, because we know very well how important is for all of you to know that you have international support. Because we know very well how important is for all of you to know that your Nation won’t be isolated from the world if you decide to vote YES for a better future, for hope, for improvement, for a better society.

All pictures are published in Facebook, Twitter and on our web site.

There are however some people who are bothered by our support. We don’t care, let’s just ignore them. All the friends of Scotland have the legitimate right to support our friends and relatives in this process. With this campaign we are responding to illegal, unfair and undemocratic behaviour from Westminster and its “Better Together” team.

Westminster has its International Project Fear team: Barroso, Rajoy, Van Rompuy have all intervened and now Carl Bildt and even Obama it appears. Some people should ask themselves why the right wing and the far right wing are so interested in supporting a NO vote against Scottish independence.

But we have the power of ordinary people voluntarily participating in this campaign. It’s been amazing and it’s getting even better every day.

We have the awareness of what austerity policies mean (clone policies everywhere). We know that Scottish independence is not a hope just for Scots but for all of us.

We don’t know if this campaign will be successful, but we are enjoying running it very much, because we know Scotland and the people of Scotland deserve the best of intentions and full respect.

We would like to see Scotland free, independent and continue to be part of the EU, and we’ll be here for you, supporting an independent Scotland, our Celtic cousins from the North, with pride. Go for it, Scotland. You are not alone, we are here for you! Yes Scots You CAN!

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You can read more from Pilar on her blog (published bilingually in Galician and English) at The bridge between Galiza and Scotland / A ponte entre Galiza e Escocia

32 comments on “Solidarity with Scotland: Our legitimate right to support an independent Scotland

  1. Reblogged this on Wake Up Before It's Too Late and commented:
    Simply amazing support from outside the UK for the #IndyRef – very humbling to know we’ve got so many people willing and encouraging us to succeed with a #Yes vote in September. We’ve just got to believe in ourselves…heartwarming letter explaining Solidarity With Scotland – please take 2 minutes to read it & share.

  2. mary vasey says:

    Thank you Pilar it is good to know we have such lovely, warm-hearted friends.

  3. Jon says:

    Oops! The link to is broken (expect it is just missing the http thing before it).

    Thanks for the post.

  4. Little more needs to be said….
    We have family and friends in Spanish grounds.
    All taking heed of what’s going on here.
    Everyone outside of ‘BT’ knows!!!

  5. JGedd says:

    This support is truly welcome. I was beginning to feel we had the forces of darkness ranged against us and it does feel lonely. I suppose that’s only to be expected because these neoliberal politicians are ganging up on ordinary people everywhere They want us to feel helpless and consent to be ruled.

    But with friends like these, we have real people behind us, not self-serving politicians. I feel heartened by this. Thank you Pilar, we need you and your encouragement.

    • I’m glad it wasn’t just me then. Whilst it hasn’t reached the physical stage as yet, from the point of my own personal perception, what we have experienced today is genuine psychological oppression.

  6. Sooz says:

    Thank you so much for this, Pilar. It was a joy and a privilege to meet you the other day, and your message here is so very welcome. It’s good to hear you reinforcing our belief that we have much support across the world despite the negative media spin and UK government attempts to sabotage our democratic right to self-determination. Si, se puede! XX

  7. Thank you, Pilar. After a day of seemingly endless hostile bombardment it is reassuring to know we have friends out there.

  8. jonGZ says:

    Graciñas, Pilar: que ben o explicaches, meu! Con sentidiño..

    Pilar also contributes articles about the referendum to one of the last remaining Galician language newspapers here( ) and helps to debunk the stuff that appears in the Spanish MSM: the kind of stuff that we know about already from Stu and Paul and others.

    I think that there is a vast natural energy resource still waiting to be tapped into in the referendum debate; there’s a huge amount of human energy around the planet (expats, descendants, admirers, Nations without a State, etc) wishing and hoping that Scotland will say Yes, but nobody seems to be connecting the cables to bring that news to Scottish living rooms. I read the replies above and the message i get is “oof, thanks, it’s good to know we’re not the only ones”.

    Pilar is one person, with a great initiative and a great idea, and you guys can recognise that straight away, but she’s still just one single person: connecting the international cables as best she can.

    My question is: how do you tap into those wells of wellbeing that exist around the world – the international support is there, from all sorts of bodies – how to bring it home to raise the moral of the troops on the ground?


    (pd: Pilar.. non son o ‘jon’ de arriba 😊)

    • Moitas grazas John, xa me decatara que non eras o de arriba ;D
      You are right, John, we need maximum collaboration; please tell all your relatives and friends by abroad about this campaign, and encourage them to get involved in this Campaign. Together we can achieve at least neutralize all the poison of the International Project Team Fear. Thanks everyone for your messages! Viva Escocia Libre! (E Galiza tamén!)

  9. macart763 says:

    Thank you Pilar.

    A very much appreciated contribution.

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  11. Capella says:

    Thanks Pilar for bringing a brilliant ray of Galician sunshine into the campaign.

  12. macart763 says:

    There’s something about feeling alone and in a bad place, surrounded by ill feeling and beset by problems both real and imaginary. Everything you do goes wrong and everything else you try fails because you expect it to. Everything you say becomes grudged, bad tempered and defensive. The very food you eat tastes like ash. You literally feel the will to live, to resist, leaving you. Its the loneliest place in the world.

    There’s always a corner though, somewhere inside that is fighting, that’s still holding out a hand toward the world. Believe me when I say, there’s nothing quite like feeling another hand grasp yours in response and another voice letting you know you’re not alone. That you can keep going, with help from true friends and fellow feeling.

    With the internet and modern communication we’ve discovered a lot of new friends. That it wisnae jist us thinking, this can’t be right? Talking to each other, encouraging, laughing even. Even better when neighbours, new friends and overseas cousins join in. You pretty much discover you were never alone in the first place.

    • Devereux says:

      Thank you Pilar and macart763. Hope has no borders.

    • Helena Brown says:

      Hear Hear, just has a moan with my friend in Pennsylvania this morning about Obama, more to do with it being not what he actually said but how it was spun. I have friends, through having the Pug, all over the world and I will be using it this weekend to inform them and asking if they could write to the British Embassy asking that they stop interfering. I consider that as a British Tax Payer, I should have some say in whether my taxes be used to undermine my democracy. I suppose as a British Subject of her Majesty I have hee haw.

      • macart763 says:

        As it turns out I reckon the Pres has just done us a couple of favours. Firstly his big ‘intervention’ didn’t sound as fulsome as I’m sure Cameron would have liked and ended on a ‘its for the Scots to decide note”. Secondly its a bit bit of a QED moment for the people of Scotland. Do we really feel like having the opinions of others dictate our choices? Do we really feel the need to have others say to us ‘this far and no further’? This is what it looks like in action. How does it feel to be told sit down and dae whit yer telt?

        Because make no mistake this is what Cameron is doing. He’s calling in all the favours on this. He’s had the foreign office biting everyone’s lug out there, encouraging them to butt in to our democratic business. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but frankly I’m a thrawn old bastard and I don’t take kindly to folk telling me how I should choose to live. Most especially not entitled, arrogant establishment elites and certainly not right wing halfwits who reckon we’re on the verge of Balkanising the UK.

        Just like Gideon’s sermon on the pound, I reckon this is going to backfire.

  13. Abulhaq says:

    We are not alone, we feel that, we know that. The US president speaks only for the “system”. We should not be part of a worldview that has seen so much destruction in the name of “democracy”. In the Middle East the word is now so devalued that those who talk of it are ridiculed. It now simply means corruption, misery and death. We must choose our friends with care. The US is a clone of the British imperium. We should not be surprised by Obama’s preferences.

  14. diabloandco says:

    A wee weight lifted , thank you!

  15. faolie says:

    Thank you Pilar. Foreign grassroots support! Worth 1000 ‘statesmen’.

    Look at how the map of Europe has changed over the last 30 years. Who knows what new nations will colour the map of Europe over the next 30. I hope that ours and yours will at least.

  16. Blizzard says:

    The biggest threat to the established order is not that we get independence, it is that we create a democracy of the people. The US and UK have always undermined, directly or indirectly, people voting for democratic states with the interests of the people at heart. Read any of Noam Chomsky’s books for countless examples from history (pace WGD, his linguistics writings excepted).

    Keep on talking to people and campaigning. The aim is not to convert people, but to open their mind to ideas and evidence.

  17. smiling vulture says:

    Better Together are using main stream media,plenty of pals (p.o.p)

    YES is having to use Internet,public meetings.

    I thought Obama answer yesterday was spontaneous,low an behold,hours later I find it was a number 10,press release.

    Scotland you hear the negativity,day in,day out,like some brain washing machine.

    BT are making it personal(Salmond has a personality disorder of about 15 dictators)

    I fear NO,because I’ve learnt the truth in this campaign and it wasn’t from the BBC

  18. Helena Brown says:

    Thank you so much Pilar, I have visited your site and think what you are doing for us is truly wonderful. I only wish that those who lack the confidence brought about by too long in the UK could see what people are doing on their behalf. The chance of a better Scotland and boy do we not need it.

  19. Moitas grazas Pilar .Cheers!!

  20. yerkitbreeks says:

    Solidarity – thank goodness we have our very own Lech Walesa leading us.

  21. James D says:

    You can listen to Pilar talking about the campaign here –

  22. Many expats bemoaned the fact they didn’t have a vote. Well, this is a way for them to make their voices heard and to influence the campaign. This is the type of door knocking and canvassing they can do. Knocking on the doors of the devolution unit and the foreign office, and embassies abroad, with the views of expats and others who support a Yes vote. Brilliant.

  23. […] A guest post by Pilar Fernandez. Solidarity is the empathy between people and nations, it is the tenderness between them; it starts at home. A solidarity movement frequently starts as…  […]

  24. […] tactics, posted a wonderful letter from Galiza (Galicia) – a community in North West Spain – in support of the campaign for Scottish Independence.  Not just supporting our independent right to decide, but providing some empathy, some humanity […]

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