Dale Farm

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I visited Dale Farm travellers’ site last Monday. The atmosphere was a strange cross between apprehension, acceptance of the worst, and dread. The site was very quiet, although the twenty or so activists and supporters living at Camp Constant were conducting meetings, strengthening their defences and signing up for night watch. I ended up being welcomed into a caravan and awaiting a fortune teller who had misplaced her crystal ball.

What a contrast to the day of the planned eviction. Hundreds of media representatives await action outside the barricade. The atmosphere is tense. False alarms and panicked swarms of activists are frequent. No one can sit still.

Activists ensure the bailiffs difficulty getting through the site, placing themselves under vans that block their passage.

An activist tries to strengthen the perimeter

Barricades are made from anything the activists can find.

The waiting game

Victory (for now).

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