Generation Yes: Largest youth and student movement in Scotland launches
Representatives of 'Generation Yes' - Scotland's largest movement of pupils, students and young voters from the length and breadth of the country - gathered in Glasgow city centre at mid-day on Saturday to announce the birth of their fledgling group.
They leafleted Buchanan Street, targeting young shoppers before moving across the river to join with Yes Govan for a mass canvass.
Toni Giugliano, sectoral groups adviser at Yes Scotland, said: 'With less than six months to go, we're launching the most dynamic and vibrant group of our campaign. "Generation Yes" will be the largest youth movement Scotland has ever seen.
'Young people have grown up with Holyrood - that's what they're used to - and they know that the Scottish Parliament will always make the best decisions for Scotland.
'Independence is what we all want in life. That's why young people will grasp the opportunity to take charge of their country, as they would do with their own lives and their own future.
'Young people have the opportunity to reject Westminster's inequality, illegal wars and nuclear weapons, and become the generation that creates a fairer country.'
Angus Millar, 20, a student of International Relations at St Andrews University, and a Yes campaigner, said: 'The biggest gains of a Yes vote will be felt by my generation, and it’s the teens and twenty-somethings who have the biggest stake in building a better Scotland with independence.
'Today sees the launch of "Generation Yes", a Scotland-wide movement bringing together young people who see their future being best served in an independent nation.
'A Yes is for our future – an opportunity to realise this country’s potential and ensure we have the best possible prospects, individually and as a nation.
'Our current path simply is not working for Scotland’s young people. Indeed, a simple look at history tells us that a Westminster government never has.'
Saffron Dickson, 16, a school pupil from Glasgow’s Southside, said: 'September’s referendum is a hugely exciting opportunity for young people in Scotland – it’s our chance to be the generation that takes our future into our own hands and stands up to inequality and unfairness in our society.
'With independence we can make sure that every child and young person in Scotland has a better start in life and better prospects for the future.
'A Yes vote means the power to create more opportunities here in Scotland and make this country a better place to live. To young people in Scotland and older generations too, our message is simple – vote Yes for our future.'
Joe Higgins, 17, a school pupil from Edinburgh said: 'With 16 and 17 year olds having a vote, it’s absolutely vital that Scotland’s young people get involved in the referendum debate. The decision Scotland makes will have the biggest bearing on our futures, and our generation has the most to gain from a Yes vote.
'We want to reach young people all over Scotland, and we’ll be holding events around the country to get people involved and explain the fantastic opportunity that we have to build a fairer, more successful country with independence.'
Prominent civil society activist and social entrepreneur Rajiv Joshi, who formerly chaired the Scottish Youth Parliament and has been as a leading campaigner for ‘votes at 16’, announced his support today for the Yes campaign.
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By Fearghas Kelly
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