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Fight to defend Dale Farm steps up

Issue No. 2247

Travellers and other campaigners are stepping up their fight to defend people living at Dale Farm.

Dale Farm is the biggest Traveller site in Britain. People have lived there since the 1970s, and own the land.

Yet Basildon District Council last month voted to evict the Travellers.

It’s a vindictive attack that could set a dangerous precedent for other Travellers.

The treatment of Dale Farm residents is so shocking that even officials from the United Nations (UN) visited the site to highlight their case last week.

Maria Faraone, a UN spokesperson, said, “The decisions that come from here will have ramifications across Europe.”

Joe Boyce, from the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain, said, “This is the biggest eviction in British history. This is social cleansing.”

He points out that Basildon Council has found £18 million to throw the 90 families off the land—even though it is making big cuts to public services.

The council has not yet issued a 28-day notice of eviction to residents.

Activists have established Camp Constant to defend the site from bailiffs and police.

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Tue 12 Apr 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2247
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