Tory-run Basildon District Council is pushing through the eviction of Travellers at the Dale Farm site.
The £8 million the council plans to spend on the eviction is a third of its annual budget.
Support for the attack on Travellers comes from the top.
Speaking in parliament last week in response to a question about the site, prime minister David Cameron said, “I know he speaks for many people about the sense of unfairness that one law applies to everybody else and, on too many occasions, another law applies to Travellers.”
Travellers have lived at Dale Farm since the 1970s and they own the land. They have vowed to resist the eviction.
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