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Halt Ethnic Cleansing at Dale Farm, Essex, Englandby Open-Publishing - Monday 1 August 2011
Dale Farm in Essex, England, is thought to be Europe’s largest gypsy/Irish traveller site, and on 31 August is facing the violent eviction of its 1000 residents.
The site was legally bought eleven years ago, but the local council refused to give planning permission for a permanent traveller site. The council have been harassing the travellers on the site for the past ten years to try to evict them.
Everyone from the United Nations to the Catholic church has supported the travellers, urging the Conservative Basildon Council to find alternative land for them. The local MP, John Baron, told one of the residents “I don’t care about human rights,” and has been in the forefront of the Conservative campaign for their removal.
Constant & Co, a ‘specialist gypsy and traveller eviction firm’ are to evict the residents, and the action is likely to take weeks, costing anything up to £20 million (nearly €25million). The site houses many elderly, sick, frail and young people who are especially vulnerable, and have no legal place to go to.
Dale Farm stands in solidarity with the evicted Roma of France, and the burned camps of Italy. Please help in any way you can to stop the eviction and ethnic cleansing of travellers.