Basildon council’s eviction of 400 Travellers living at Dale Farm is due to start—but they are defiant.
“Travellers are solid, no one is leaving,” Margaret told Socialist Worker.
Big poster pictures of the children who live here are on display. There are barricades set up throughout the site.
Some Travellers have put signs on their caravans to try and stop the bailiffs smashing them up. One says, “The owner in hospital, will move in 2 or 3 days.”
“It’s heart breaking, everyone is looking at their homes and bursting into tears,” said Mary. She added, “I can’t drive and don’t have a car so I don’t know what I’ll do if the bailiffs come.”
The media has been stating that all women and children have left the site. In fact there are many families with children still here. The children are playing with their toys or riding their bikes as the adults discuss what to do.
Earlier today Basildon council leader Tony Ball, who has masterminded the eviction, tried to talk to the press at the gate. Women on the site shouted him down to great cheers from other Travellers.
The stand off continues.
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