The Traveller Solidarity Network (TSN) welcomes today’s news that a supporter of the families at Dale Farm who was present at the forced eviction has been cleared of any wrongdoing by Southend Magistrates’ Court.
The supporter had been arrrested and taken to court on the basis that she had concealed her identity. We fully support the defense’s lawyer Raj Chada’s accusation that Essex police officers have orchestrated a “campaign of intimidation” against those who stood up for the rights of Dale Farm families.
A member of the Traveller Solidarity Network, Paul Lethbridge, commented that ‘in the coming weeks this “campaign of intimidation” will intensify with many more court dates for supporters coming up based on trumped-up charges. All of the network stand together in saying that we are proud of what we have done and continue to do in standing up the rights of Travellers. The heavy-handed response of the government and the police will not prevent us from continuing our work.’