Monday, 23 June 2014

A POLL conducted by Scotland's leading Asian radio station has shown firm support for independence, with the Yes camp ahead by 20%. 
The online survey conducted by Awaz FM showed 57% of listeners backed the idea of Scotland an independent country, while 37% said no. 
However, the gap has narrowed since the radio station last conducted a poll on the subject, in February. At that time, the Yes vote was 64% while support for No was 32%. 
With the narrowing in the polls, both sides of the campaign are actively engaging with Scotland's various ethnic communities, ranging from the established Asian and Chinese groups to more recent arrivals from Eastern Europe and Africa. 
Last week the Muslim Womens' Association of Edinburgh held a debate in the city's Central Mosque. Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar represented Yes. 
Recently an Africans for an Independent Scotland group was launched, as well as a Nigerians for Yes. 
According to anecdotal evidence, some Asians have told activists they are favouring independence in order to "get one back on Britain", for its colonial rule of India and subsequent partition of the country in 1947.
Source: The Herald

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