Dale Farm EvictionTagged as: dale_farm eviction social_struggles solidarity
Early wednesday morning riot police and bailiffs stormed the Dale Farm community in a dawn raid. Police violated the court order and used sledgehammers to smash through the walls of a fully legal plot on the site in order to force entry. Human rights observers reported several injuries of residents and supporters from police action as they forced their way onto site. Police used tasers on those protesting the eviction [video]. By 5pm the gate defence scaffold tower had been cleared, but several people remained locked-on to gates, fences, barrels and vehicles. There were around 23 arrests.
Update Thursday 20th: At around 6.30am the eviction team resumed trying to cut 5-6 people from the remaining lockons. Police and bailiffs continue to occupy Dale Farm and restrict many residents’ access to their homes, many of which are frightened by the scenes of police violence yesterday. The total number of arrests by morning was 34. Mary Sheridan, a resident, said “This isn’t an eviction, it’s a massacre. We’re only still here because we have nowhere else to go, and now we are under siege by the police.” After another 5 arrests, Dale farm residents and activist supporters symbolically walked out together, arm in arm shortly before 5pm.
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Started at 7am on Wednesday 19th October: