Thousands rallied in Glasgow on Saturday calling for Scotland to become an independent country, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon telling the crowds that their goal was “within touching distance”. The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader was the headline speaker at the event in George Square, the first time she has addressed an independence rally since the 2014 referendum campaign, with a crucial general election looming next month. “Make no mistake, the general election we face now on December 12 is the most important election for Scotland in our lifetimes,” she told the crowds. “The future of our country is on the line. Scotland voted against independence in a 2014 referendum by 55 percent.