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Dale Farm: Camp Constant launched to stop Traveller eviction

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2267

Supporters of Travellers’ rights have begun a camp at Dale Farm, in Essex, in a bid to stop a planned council eviction.

Camp Constant seeks to prevent residents at the site from being pushed off land that they legally own.

Dale Farm houses around 250 people, including many children and elderly people with health problems.

But Tory-run Basildon council says that they have to go—and has handed them notice saying that the eviction can begin from Thursday of this week.

Many fear they will be forced into substandard housing instead of being able to live in caravans and trailers as they do now.

No provision has been made for the community to remain living together.

But the Travellers are not alone. Over 100 supporters came to the launch of the support camp. Jenny is one of them. She is helping to organise transport to the site.

She told Socialist Worker, “Just because you’re not the one under threat it doesn’t mean standing on the sidelines until it’s your battle.

“We’re staying here to stop the eviction. People have been doing workshops on direct action and training to be legal observers.”

The council have mounted a disgusting attack on the people at Dale Farm and have begun a multi‑million pound police and private security operation to forcibly evict them.

It is vital that everyone who wants to see justice done shows the council and the government that the Travellers are not alone.

On Wednesday this week a delegation will be going to the High Court to make a last attempt to avert the eviction.

If this fails it will take mass action to stop the eviction going ahead.

A national demonstration has been organised by the Save Dale Farm campaign for Saturday 10 September.

It is backed by Unite Against Fascism and No Borders, who are booking coaches to bring people to the protest.

For more information about the eviction and to join this urgent campaign go to

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Tue 30 Aug 2011, 17:11 BST
Issue No. 2267
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