UK: Dale Farm residents resist controversial eviction by Basildon Council

These pictures were taken on 20 September at Dale Farm in Basildon, Essex, UK, which is home to 90 Traveller, Romani and Gypsy families. The land, a former scrapyard, is owned by the families and is the UK's largest Traveller settlement. Part of Dale Farm was granted permission for residential use by Basildon Council. However the portion of the land where around 400 people now face eviction has repeatedly been denied planning permission for residential use and deemed ‘unauthorised' by the local authorities.

The residents refuse to leave their homes and, supported by a large protest movement, are determined to stay and fight for their rights.
These pictures show how they are planning to oppose an army of bailiffs who are stationed at a yard adjacent to Dale Farm.

For more information see http://www.minorityrights.org/10987/minorities-in-the-news/mrg-calls-for-immediate-halt-to-imminent-forced-evictions-of-irish-traveller-families-at-uks-dale-farm.html

All photo credits Marcin Derkacz, MRG Legal Cases Intern

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Helicopters circle the site regularly
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Bailiffs are prepared for the eviction to last weeks and have set up camp adjacent to Dale Farm
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Barbed wire separates the two camps
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Media crews have flocked to the site, which has received nationwide coverage
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Residents have fortified the gates to the farm and covered them in photographs of children in readiness for the eviction
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The other side of the fortifications
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A small Catholic shrine by the gates
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More fortifications
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Fortifications within the farm
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Residents have complained that the eviction threatens vulnerable members of the community such as the sick and the elderly
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Tony Ball is the leader of Basildon Council and obviously unpopular amongst the residents
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Children face upheavals in schooling and access to health services if evicted
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A message of defiance painted on the community wall
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Date: 21/09/2011

Countries:

United Kingdom

Categories:

Culture and Tradition
Statelessness
Land Rights

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