ALL Under One Banner (AUOB) came out fighting yesterday despite the chief organiser of their march and rally for independence in Glasgow, Manny Singh, being reported by Police Scotland to the Procurator Fiscal over the timing of Saturday’s event.

AUOB confirmed that Singh will fight his prosecution “all the way” and yesterday they lodged their application for next year’s march and rally in Glasgow for Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Singh, 39, was the named organiser for Saturday’s march and rally which saw an estimated 100,000 people participate from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green.

Now he has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for an alleged offence under Section 65 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

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He had been told by Glasgow City Council to start the march at 11am instead of the 1.30pm start he had intimated to the council many months previously.

The council has refused to comment on the issue saying it is inappropriate to comment on an ongoing police matter, but questions are being asked by activists as to why two SNP and one Scottish Greens council on the Public Processions Committee insisted on the early start after Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said there might be “significant disruption” caused by the later start.

There was also some confusion because the council’s website later showed the march starting at 11.30am.

In the event there were no arrests of marchers or organised counter demonstrators. There were two arrests for public order offences, and The National understands that one involved an individual trying to tear down pro-independence signs.

A petition was started in support of Singh but the hosts, the 38 Degrees organisation, took it down because it concerned a police investigation, though not before 3000 people had signed it to ask that charges against Singh be dropped.

Singh issued a statement about the case on Monday night and it is being shared widely on social media, with 3700 likes and 1500 shares as of yesterday afternoon.

READ: All Under One Banner’s full statement after being reported by police

He told The National: “I am getting a lot of support from all over Scotland and beyond. I am more determined than ever to fight this all the way.

“People can see the sense of what I said about not changing the timing because so many people had made travel plans.

“The matter is with the Procurator Fiscal and, I suspect, the Crown Office.

“In my defence I will be citing the European Convention of Human Rights which says that freedom of assembly is an inalienable right.

“I am sure these laws don’t comply with the convention because they were put in place at the time of Margaret Thatcher probably in order to stop workers protesting at closure of pits and factories.

“This is not just about me, it’s an attack on the Yes movement.”