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Dale Farm protesters target Pickles

Eric Pickles MP. Credit: PA

Protesters tried to storm a Government department to mark the first anniversary of the clearance of Europe's largest traveller site.

About 100 people still angered by the eviction of travellers from Dale Farm in Crays Hill, Essex, a year ago staged a demonstration outside the Department for Communities and Local Government offices in central London.

Some demonstrators attempted to gain entry into the building to "evict" the department's secretary Eric Pickles but were restrained on the ground by police.

Eight demonstrators scaled scaffolding outside the building with a banner reading: "Fight for sites."


Dale Farm: Traveller and Councillor speak out

Travellers are protesting about plans to make it easier to move them on on the anniversary of their eviction from Dale Farm in Essex.

A year after he reported on the violent scenes as police cleared the site, our reporter Paul Brand has been back to Dale Farm for an exclusive interview with the traveller Patrick Egan who owns a large part of it.

He says far from turning the land into greenbelt, Basildon Council has transformed it into a toxic wasteland. Paul Brand also spoke to Cllr Tony Ball, Leader of Basildon Council, to get his point of view.

UK Jewish Socialist Group taking part in demo

The UK Jewish Socialist Group has agreed to take part in the demo, organised by the Traveller Solidarity Network, on October 19.

At its conference on Sunday, the Jewish Socialist Group, some of whose members took part in eviction resistance, backed a fresh campaign to find homes for families now living on the roadside next to the legal site in Crays Hill.


Dale Farm travellers protest on eviction anniversary

A sign hanging at Dale Farm in Essex (March, 2011) Credit: REUTERS

Travellers marking a year since their eviction from Dale Farm are planning to demonstrate outside the offices of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

They say there aren't enough sites for travellers and are unhappy with planned legislation which would strengthen councils' power to evict them.

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