"Why should they choose to govern social security in such a way that people with disability and blindness have to come to the Scottish Parliament complaining about being reduced to penury?
"We choose a different way to protect the people of Scotland and we want the right to choose whether our people should be sent into illegal wars and we want the right to choose to remove weapons of mass destruction from the shores of Scotland."
Many people attending the rally said they would not have supported independence a year ago but had changed their minds.
June Sutherland, 64, from Broxburn in West Lothian, said: "The reason for me changing my mind is the UK Government.
"They're shutting down all the air bases. Once they started hitting our soldiers and our airmen, that was enough for me."