Independence campaigners told to leave Holyrood

The band of independence supporters have been told to leave. Picture: Jon Savage
The band of independence supporters have been told to leave. Picture: Jon Savage
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INDEPENDENCE campaigners who set up a camp just a stone’s throw from the Scottish Parliament have been told they must pack up and leave in two days.

The activists - who previously vowed not to budge until Scotland becomes independent - were served a notice to leave by sheriff officers this afternoon.

The document says failure to vacate the site by 5pm on Thursday may result in court proceedings.

Set up by a group of 12 Yes supporters at the end of November, the camp’s occupants said they were inspired by a vigil at Calton Hill which lasted five years before the Scottish electorate voted for devolution in 1997.

They said they had failed to “swallow” last year’s referendum result and are protesting in a bid to keep up the momentum for independence.

Members of the camp today insisted they were going nowhere.