Dale Farm Travellers lose eviction battle in high court
Calling out to all activists and legal observers – we need you to come to Dale Farm to support the families facing homelessness
Please forward to groups and supporters!
After weeks of wrangling in the High Court over various rulings on the legality of the eviction operation, today the residents of Dale Farm were refused the right to a judicial review of the eviction. This means that Basildon Council is able to legally evict the community. There is no longer an injunction to stop the eviction, but Basildon Council have said in court that they will not evict until Monday at the earliest.
The residents plan to lodge an appeal on Friday, and will find out on that day whether their request for an appeal is granted. If the appeal is not granted, Basildon Council could begin the eviction. If the appeal is granted, then legal proceedings could continue for anything from a day to several. If the appeal is heard on Monday, but rejected, the eviction can begin at any point from then.
Of course we are hoping that the appeal will be heard and decided in the Dale Farm community’s favour- but experience shows that judges, the legal system and planning regulations are weighed against Travellers. This is why the Dale Farm community are asking you to come down to Dale Farm this weekend to be ready to resist an eviction on Monday. (If you can, come down before the weekend, as there is loads to be done on site, and the more people are here, the safer the
We know that this isn’t this first call out you have read from Dale Farm. We have had a lot of close calls, and the fact that the eviction hasn’t started yet is a testament to the power of protest. However, we are genuinely heading towards the end of the legal process, and it is really important that people are prepared to come down to resist the eviction and stand with the Dale Farm community at a time when they are at the receiving end of state violence and need our solidarity on a personal and political level.
If you can’t make it you can support in another way, we are in desperate need of funds. Please donate http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/donate/!
Activists are supporting the Travellers in defending their homes and community. There’s many different ways of getting involved – we need medics, legal observers, site defenders, cooks, etc.. More people are needed on all fronts.
Please sign up for txt alerts (https://smsalerts.tachanka.org/dalefarm/) in case urgent information needs to get relayed or follow us on twitter (@letdalefarmlive) for
updates. You can send information to the legal hotline 07928669515
Getting to the site
Dale Farm is about 30-40 minutes from London by train, you can find directions here. (http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/contact/)
From Wickford Station (30 minutes journey from London), it’s a 15 minute cycle/45 minute walk from the station.
Please see map (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26043573/DALE%20FARM%20MAP.png)
for more info on access to the site. As of Thursday 13th October, there are no restrictions on entering Dale Farm.
Things to bring:
- warm clothes
- water bottle
- sleeping bag and roll mat
- notepads, pencils
- cameras for taking photo evidence
- clean phone
Things not to bring:
- offensive weapons
- Things you would not like the police to take off you
A vegan kitchen is running. We will be asking for donations to cover our costs, but it may be an early target of the Bailiffs, so please bring extra food.
Sleeping space is available in caravans and residents’ homes but we encourage you to bring a tent, and you are welcome to sleep over anytime. Please bring a sleeping bag if you can, and a roll mat is highly recommended especially since most of the tent space is on hard ground.
Write on your arm before you get here:
Dale Farm Legal Hotline: 07928 669 515
Birds Solicitors: 07966 234 994
Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors: 07659 111 192
Camp Constant site phone: 07583621312
The welcome pack is available here
http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/get-involved/. The welcome packs contain information on Dale Farm and the political context of the current eviction, Camp Constant and what to bring, Traveller history, and legal advice for activists.
People coming organised as affinity groups are very welcome.
Please promote our facebook group
(http://www.facebook.com/groups/124229427082/) through social networking sites, and call up friends and groups to get a minibus down to Dale Farm.
See you here!