"A ruling class [which] has opened a Pandora's box of racist rhetoric around migrants and allowed a space to open up in groups and individuals influenced by fascist ideology. Far-right political violence is becoming increasingly commonplace. The fascist riot earlier this year in Dover and the assassination of pro-migrant Labour MP, Jo Cox, are symptoms of this drift."
A number of speakers addressed the crowd, in what was a celebration of multiculturalism in Scotland. Included in the group were couples who never would have met were it not for their ability to travel visa-free within Europe, immigrants who have embraced Scotland as their home, and defenders of workers' rights.
Similar protests also took place in Glasgow's George Square, featuring speakers from the Scottish Green party, RISE and the National Union of Students.
Citizens of the UK voted to leave the EU by a margin of 1.9%, in a nationwide referendum held on Thursday, March 23, 2016.