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Moving toward recognition

A growing group in Scotland seeks to end hundreds of years of colonial oversight.

In situations of perceived oppression or exploitation, the natural reaction of people suffering these conditions is a desire for freedom and independence. This occurs in many places around the world, but not often so close to home.

Scottish national identity has always been very strong and differing in many ways from the general direction of UK politics.

From their beginnings the two nations had clashed in many battles from the Middle Ages until the early 1700s, when the Act of Union officially merged England and Scotland.

The movement for home rule in Scotland, free of English control, was first taken up in 1853 and soon received backing from both Liberals and Conservatives due to charges that Ireland received more aid from the British government than those on their own island.

Eventually, a separate Scottish Parliament was set up within British government to grant the area a limited kind of home rule while still keeping Scotland under the watchful eye of the UK.

Support for total independence in Scotland has dropped somewhat since the appointment of the Scottish parliament, but this has not stopped between 32 and 38 percent of the population from still showing strong support of the independence movement.

Now, with a new proposal of independence approaching, Scottish citizens are gearing up to once again fight for their right to be recognized as a sovereign nation.

The Radical Independence Conference will call on all progressive people and organizations to support and attend a conference with the objective of founding an extra-Parliamentary, pro-independence campaign for Scotland as a run-up to the 2014 public referendum on Scottish independence.

The campaign’s vision for an independent Scotland is described as: green and environmentally sustainable, internationally-minded and opposed to war, open to social alternatives to austerity and privatization, a modern republic for real democracy and committed to equality, opposing discrimination in all forms.

The conference was originally launched after a statement calling for a gathering of progressive leaders in Scotland, signed by famous figures including author Iain Banks, Campbell Martin of the Scottish Socialist Party and Mhari McAlpine, blogger and activist, was released earlier this year.

Anyone who holds radical beliefs, including socialists, environmentalists, trade unionists, youth, anti-poverty groups and other cultural figures that support the aims of the movement are invited to attend.

The conference will take place November 24 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland’s city center.

For more information, visit http://indyconference.wordpress.com/ or http://radicalindependence.org/.

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