Dale Farm Eviction
September 4, 2011 by staff
Dale Farm Eviction, As I marched crude scaffolding on the biggest roadblock in the UK, the site of the traveling thing is abundantly clear: the morning after the night before, and hangovers are peaking.
Friday was party time: the United Nations, against a ruling by the UK High Court has thrown its weight behind the view that 86 families, 300 people, should not be evicted from their homes at Dale Farm, Essex. The euphoria was a press conference where representatives of passengers spoke of their suffering and the destabilizing effects of an eviction would have on the elderly and children.
Yesterday brought more negative headlines, and with travelers for fear that once again under the stick of the media, I am not welcome.
“Things are a little tense today,” says Jake Fulton, an activist with 24 years of age, accompanying me throughout the site. “Many people are not happy with some of the news articles and yesterday was emotionally exhausting.” As if to illustrate the point is a photographer promptly and unceremoniously turfed off the site to try to take a picture of the activists.
Jake, a member of Solidarity Farm Dale, who has been visiting for a year, but has lived in a permanent site for a week, tells me that they have no family and activists want to be interviewed. “I’ll just write what your readers want to hear,” says Steve, who is 60 years. He moved to Dale Farm after being evicted from a site in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, in 2007. “We showed them the pictures that this place was a junkyard before we moved here, do not say that print is green belt land and say that people used to walk their dogs here and play in the grass but there was no grass. it was all oil and cars. ”
Steve’s comments summarized the core of the problem of travelers, while the controversies of the conflict are complex and well known; each party has been involved in a skirmish of the counter-charges, which is opposed as they are published. Travelers took the land legitimately but then put the houses in about 50 patches without permission. Basildon Council, whose vision is supported by a majority of local residents, said that travelers have breached planning regulations and that for years has provided the community with alternative accommodation. Travelers from the mobile site will change your lifestyle and means to their community.
The cost of eviction will only be £ 18 million, says Steve, the money “would be better spent on hospitals and schools.”
Inevitably, the focus is on micro issues: travelers to noisy neighbors to destroy the environment, and the price of housing. Travelers wonder why the media largely chose to ignore the fact that a local resident brandished a firearm at the beginning of this week.
But far from this, another conversation started. Buried behind the headlines in the media there is now a debate about the nature of Travellers – and how to deal with what some perceive as a problem, and others as a right.
There is a growing feeling that the site has focused minds and energies of residents, activists, advice, and for the first time the government nationally and internationally.
A demonstration planned for Saturday, when protesters will gather at the Wickford station and head to Dale Farm, Cray Hill, is considered the largest ever for the Traveller community.
Jake, who recently graduated from a university in London, after studying politics and sociology, said: “This is the first time a traveling community activists invited to live with them, travelers have a hierarchical structure and clan, and we’ve been talking to all. We are building a movement here from the beginning – there are a number of activists here from all walks of life includes a number of issues: the rights of travelers, migrants, children they do not want to overuse, but it’s an interesting dynamic. ”
Statements by the United Nations have taken the debate to another level, but regardless, the immediate future of the place and the impending eviction headlines.
“Police say there will be about 2,000 activists and are usually right about these things,” he says. Nobody wants to guess what will happen when the bailiffs and the police arrive. “I honestly do not know. People have been here for 10 years and there are a lot of feelings and emotions.”
At the time we finish our conversation, some residents have warmed to me. I shepherded Jean Sheridan, a mother of four children, a four-year-old triplets and two years.
“I honestly have no idea what will happen, we’ll be on the road again,” she says, like living triplets running around it. Most of the community will struggle to move their families because they do not have enough cars, he says. As we speak, Jake tells me that two of the women of the community is due to give birth next week and one, who gave birth two days ago, is in the hospital. “The midwife refused to come to the field,” he says.
The practical problems of everyday life take precedence over the amorphous threat, thinking of imminent eviction. For most people living there, ideological debates and media expert opinions are relatively meaningless.
The future looks bleak, potentially unpleasant, and even as hangovers fade, the people of Dale Farm and its growing army of activists face the prospect of a long headache.
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