Roma and travellers across Europe mark 2 August as a day to recall the persecution of gypsies in Europe under the Nazis. On the night of August 2 and 3, l944, several thousand were massacred in the gypsy camp at Auschwitz.
As this day draws nearer gypsies and travellers in Basildon Essex are fighting persecution once again. To protest against the planned eviction from Dale Farm they will hold on 1 August a rally and demonstration outside the Planning Appeals Enquiry at Basildon Centre, St Martin’s Square, Basildon. It starts at 11am.
The district council has voted to spend nearly £3 million on the destruction of homes at Dale Farm. Dale Farm residents see this as an act of brutal ethnic cleansing.
The countil, together with Tory MP John Baron, want Dale Farm residents “cleared” from greenbelt land, though much of Dale Farm was previously a scap-yard licensed by the council. They even oppose the families moving to a brownfield site at Pitsea, proposed by the Government.
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