Dale Farm eviction protest grows
Campaigners from across Europe have united to protest against the eviction of families at England’s largest traveller site.
The travellers have been given until Wednesday to leave the Dale Farm site in Essex, with Basildon Council threatening to cut off water and electricity supplies.
Up to 150 people, including activists from Sweden, Italy, Belgium and France, have set up a protest camp over the weekend which has been running human rights training sessions.
The Catholic bishop of Brentwood and the Anglican bishop of Chelmsford were due to visit the community this morning [Tuesday]. Actress Vanessa Redgrave will hold a press conference at the site this evening.
Ms Redgrave, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, said: ‘The UK signed and ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child. I am certain that the eviction of the Dale Farm traveller families is illegal under international, mandatory, human rights conventions.
‘I am appalled that such an eviction can be upheld by our government.’
Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said: ‘We are continuing to talk to representatives at the Dale Farm site, and the way is open for a peaceful resolution if the travellers comply with the 28 day notice.
‘The clearance operation has always been a reluctant last resort for Basildon Council, and there is still time to avoid it.’