The date for the £ 18 million pound eviction of Dale Farm, a former scrapyard which is now home to 90 families, has been revealed to be Monday 19th September. The date was leaked to the local newspaper by a council source.
Dale farm residents are calling on supporters to come to Dale Farm to help them stop the eviction. They are also calling for legal observers and human rights monitors to come down to act as witnesses. Dale Farm is only a half hour by train from London Liverpool Street Station. https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/contact
The council has threatened to close roads around Dale Farm in advance of the eviction, so it is recommended that people come as many days before the eviction as possible. Also, there is plenty of work needed to prepare in advance. Sleeping space in homes are available, but please bring a tent if you can as we expect bed space to be limited to those in need. People are welcome at Dale Farm any time. See https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/activity for details.
Please forward this callout widely, and promote our facebook event http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120449081388705 through social networking sites.
We also highly recommend people sign up for text alerts https://smsalerts.tachanka.org/dalefarm/ and our email bulletin http://lists.ucrony.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/dalefarm-solidarity as we can’t trust the council to not send bailiffs in before the given date.
On 19th September Basildon Council and the coalition government who are financing this will face a moral challenge to explain to thousands of people and the world’s assembled media why they are choosing to make over 100 children homeless and remove them from their schools. The UN has called on the government to suspend the “immature and unwise” eviction, saying it would “disproportionately affect the lives of the Gypsy and Traveller families, particularly women, children and older people”. The eviction has been condemned by a broad coalition of groups, including Amnesty International, trade-unionists, and anti-racism groups.
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