Video: Dark forces gather to flatten half UK's biggest gypsy site

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Apr 17 15:55:59 BST 2011

Dale farm blog with link to twitter - fb etc.

Basildon Torys' Ethnic Cleansing - Dale Farm 
Battle Looms - Laura Emmett, Russia Today

Eviction battle looms at UK’s biggest gypsy site

Edited: 16 April, 2011, 15:01
Eviction battle looms at UK’s Dale Farm – the 
country’s largest traveler site (image from

A Tory local council in Britain is preparing to 
evict more than a thousand people from the 
country's largest traveler site, which has been 
running for four decades, a move which some critics liken to ethnic cleansing.

The operation to get them out may come at immense 
cost for Britain, and not only financially.

It is an age-old story – traveler communities 
being moved on, because they are not welcome 
where they settle. One of the biggest evictions 
in British history is being planned for Dale 
Farm, which is why the move is being likened to ethnic cleansing.

“I’ve got four kids living on Dale Farm,” 
traveler Michelle says. “It’s our home, it’s our 
lives. Where else are we going to go?”

Travelers have been living at Dale Farm since the 
1970s. The settlement started off small, but then 
newcomers bought land around it and built homes without legal permission.

In the local town, feelings run high. Many people 
told RT the travelers are messy and noisy, 
driving the crime rate up and property values 
down. Most refused to talk on camera, saying they 
feared violent retribution. Those who did were guarded in their answers.

“I think that everybody should pay their whack in 
the way of rates and taxes, and I don’t believe 
they do,” a local man explained to RT.

“If people live around them, their house prices go down,” a woman said.

“They should be treated the same [way] as 
everybody else
 I understand their plight but 
they shouldn’t be there, and [their settlement] 
shouldn’t have grown as big as it has,” another man agreed.

But others say the land the travelers built on 
was a scrap yard, not green belt, and the 
travelers are being persecuted because of their different way of life.

“I’m all for protection of the green belt. I do 
not think that that particular bit constitutes 
pristine meadow in any way,” a campaigner Ann 
Kobayashi argues. “I agree that there are always 
people in every community who, you know, mess 
things up. But this is common in every single 
community within the country. It is not unique to 
travelers and gypsies. And in fact, Dale Farm is 
a peaceful place compared to many housing estates in Basildon.”

Whatever the truth, Basildon council voted 
overwhelmingly to get the travelers out, and a 
court order backs them up. But it will not come 
cheap, with litigation and bailiffs and what 
could be a two-month-long continuous operation.

“If some of the threats that have been made by 
travelers, that they will fight, go through, and 
from other organizations, who are not travelers, 
who will come down just to have a punch up with 
the authorities, then the costs will really soar. 
It could cost up to £8 million,” town councillor Tony Ball said.

That figure rises to £18 million including the 
police operation – a staggering US$29 million. It 
is a particularly huge sum in austerity Britain, 
where cuts are being made to council funding all over the country.

The cost of the eviction has not deterred the 
council though, and nor have threats of violence 
from the travelers. Battle lines are being drawn 
at Dale Farm. The thousand-strong community 
swears it will fight, literally if necessary, 
because they have got nowhere else to go. And 
Basildon council will match that force with bags 
of cash – and the conviction that the law is on their side.
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