A protest camp has been set up in support of the UK's largest travellers' site, ahead of an eviction deadline.
Supporters from as far as Sweden, Holland and Italy hope Camp Constant will resist bailiffs at Dale Farm, near Basildon.
The travellers own the Cray's Hill site, but half of its pitches are illegal and do not have permission.
Basildon Borough Council gave notice to 86 families to leave by midnight on Wednesday.
On Thursday, travellers' representatives delivered a 1,600-signature petition opposing the eviction to 10 Downing Street.