In October 2011, Basildon Council violently evicted 83 families from land they owned (at Dale Farm) because they did not have planning permission.
Roma, Traveller, and socialist activists demonstrated outside the Czech and Slovakian embassies in Kensington on Tuesday 13 November against the policy of “special schools” for Roma children in these countries.
On 20 September, around 50 supporters of the Traveller Solidarity Network gathered in Toynbee Hall in East London to launch a new campaign, Fight For Sites.
A new traveller solidarity network has been set up to support families who are being evicted from their homes despite the huge questions raised by the Dale Farm eviction last month.
Police and bailiffs finally succeeded in breaking the resistance of traveller families and their supporters and, on Wednesday 19 October, began clearing plots at the Dale Farm campsite.
Travellers at the largest “illegal” encampment in Europe lost their last battle in the courts on 17 October and now face eviction.
One of two legal cases brought against Basildon Council to stop the eviction at Dale Farm travellers site has forced some concessions.
Residents at Dale Farm travellers’ site have been granted a further temporary injunction (until Thursday 29 September) by the High Court, stopping Basildon Council from proceeding with their eviction.
The families facing eviction at the Dale Farm travellers’ site near Basildon in Essex have been granted a legal injunction (until Friday 22 September) preventing the council from entering the site to clear away caravans and the built structures — the homes of over 50 families.
Hundreds of people marched on 10 September to show their support for the travellers of Dale Farm, who are facing the prospect of imminent, violent eviction by Basildon Council.