Around 20 people attended a Travellers’ site at Harlow in Essex last Saturday to show solidarity with the residents.
Protesters took a large banner to the site saying Travellers are welcome. They chanted, “Say it loud, say it clear, travellers are welcome here.”
Members of Harlow Unite Against Fascism (UAF) were accompanied by Harlow Trades Council representatives and Labour councillor Waida Foreman.
Travellers recently set up home on the grounds of a school that closed in 2011.
There have been a number of complaints about them over the last month.
Local Tory MP Robert Halfon has described the situation as “shocking and intolerable” and argued for a “zero tolerance” approach to illegal Traveller sites.
But activists said the complaints were more about racism and ignorance.
Paul Topley from Harlow UAF told Socialist Worker, “I don’t know what they want them to do.
“They won’t let them use the bins then they complain about the rubbish on the sites.
“They kick them off land they own then they complain when they set up illegal sites.
“This is about us showing the Travellers that the people complaining about them and abusing them don’t speak for us.”