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(en) UK, Freedom, Sunday March 28 - "Scottish Bulletin"

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Date Tue, 30 Mar 2004 09:48:41 +0200 (CEST)


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Scotland is a large country. Large in not merely in terms of size, or in
how widely people are distributed in sometimes remote areas, but also
large in the range of cultural norms and linguistic territory covered. This
is a country with a million and a half Scots speakers, most of whom
remain blissfully unaware that they speak something other than mere
slang, it is a country with a Highland and Island diaspora who often
have great difficulties in accessing services and have less opportunities
than those elsewhere. As such, Scottish politics tend to be very different
from 'British' (often approximated to mean English) politics.

Scotland can also lay claim to some of the poorest areas in Europe with
seven schemes forming some of the poorest endroits in the EU.

The politics particularly of the West of Scotland will also come across as
radically different from elsewhere in the UK: sectarianism and
anti-Catholic bias still very much a palpable thing here. On Glasgow's
Argyle Street shops pay protection to the UVF and working class areas
are divided between Catholic and protestant.

Law in Scotland can be very different from elsewhere in the UK -
squatting is completely illegal for example - and religion plays a much
greater role in public life. The 'political focus' since the inception of the
Scottish parliament is also very much more focussed on Holyrood than
on Westminster and Scotland has its own national media and
intellectual discourse.

It is also salient to mention that while in Scotland there is not so strong
an anarchist current within the left there are now six socialist MSPs and
seven greens. There is also the simple fact that the SNP remains the
official opposition: this is patently a very different scenario to that in the
rest of the UK. It may also come as a surprise to the anarchist
movement in England and further afield in the UK but to be a
nationalist in Scotland is seen more as progressive than as chauvinistic
as Scotland emerges from hundreds of years of colonialism. This is a
bulwark of the policies of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Greens,
and many of those who see themselves as anarchists would be less than
averse to the notion of secession, at least for cultural reasons.

Project reports

Faslane Peace Camp: Activists from the Camp have entered the Faslane
naval base, which houses submarines with nuclear weapons, on several
occasions this year. The intruders remained undetected on one occasion
for a period of two hours and subsequently escaped arrest for a further
three. There have also been two accountable actions at Coulport naval
base (where warheads are stored) when two peace campers reached the
boom by Vanguard subs before being arrested. Faslane is always
looking for more visitors and residents. Contact the camp on 01436 820
901 or faslanepeacecamp@hotmail, or by post at Faslane Peace camp,
Shandon, Helensburgh, G84 8NT

ACE: the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh is always looking for more
members or people to help out or get involved. If you're interested,
contact them at ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh, EH7
5HA. Tel: 0131 557 6242. Ace is open Tuesdays 1-4pm & Sundays
2-5pm.

Glasgow Autonomous Project :The GAP group has been working for
some time, and has arranged various events in the past few months
including the successful anarchist dayschool and various benefits.
Members hope to have the centre open by mid April and running
througout May to coincide with the month of action called by
progressive groups across the UK. The centre will provide a locus of
attention and organising for various events, seminars, talks, organising,
a film festival and will also operate as a drop-in centre. To date events
have been arranged in aspects of technical empowerment, refugee
issues, militarism, permaculture, self-defence, healthcare, Gaelic
language, Scots language and much more. To find out more or to get
involved in the project contact GAP on 07762261379, or via email on
autonomy@nocog.org. Members are keen to stress that what can be
achieved is dependent on how much money they can raise, and at
present the focus of their activity is involved in benefits and awareness
raising.
Stay tuned for more details on the GAP website:
http://www.nocog.org/~autonomy/

News

Asylum seekers in Glasgow on death fast: Three Kurdish men, refused
asylum in the UK, have been without food for 18 days. Supporters say
they are close to death. Faroq Haidari, Farnboz Gravindi and Mokhtar
Haidari are getting weaker by the hour.

Around 200 people attended a hastily organised solidarity demonstration
on Tuesday evening, outside the city chambers (council offices). In a
statement read out to protestors, the men say they would rather die than
return to Iraq.

More details are available on Indymedia Scotland
(http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/scotland/2004/03/286396.html)

To get involved in anarchist solidarity with the deathfasters stay up to
date on the latest news and contact
council_for_liberation@hotmail.com

Frock On

The Cailleach Collective have again organised a successful Frock On
feminist art and cultural event
and are keen for more new involvement in the continuing project. For
more information their website at www.frockon.org

- Nick D
Glasgow Autonomous Project

For information on collectives active north of the border, check out
www.enrager.net/britain/scotland
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