As UN Human rights Day approaches this week Dale Farm is still intact and NUJ lawyers have today submitted a letter to the IPCC about the treatment I faced from policemen who stopped me under s44 of the Terrorism Act at the wedding, who took my camera and said I could have been doing “Hostile Reconnaissance”
I have been covering the lives and struggles of travellers in the UK since 1996 and more recently the problems for Roma gypsies across Europe. See the destruction of Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and the conditions in the camps around Rome
This week I was invited back to Dale Farm to document a double wedding, son and daughter of Peal (pictured) see the web gallery here
Irishtraveller Mary-Anne McCarthy outside her home. Dale Farm residents, the largest traveller community in the UK are facing eviction from the Cray’s Hill site in Essex. They demand the council re-home them to another location within the district.
See images from today’s protest outside Basildon Council herewhere they delivered a Legal Memorandum to Basildon District Council setting out in terms of international law their rights to be re-settled as minority ethnic-community at another location.
“The Government has told Basildon it must provide land for us,” said Mary-Ann McCarthy, who presented the memorandum. “But we fear they will evict us by forced before this happens.”
An image from Dale Farm. Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan celebrate their wedding day. This was the third of four weddings held in quick succession by families at Dale Farm anxious to solemnize marriages before the New Year when Court of Appeal judges ruled that Basildon council can put into action its much delayed eviction operation.
The second image was from riot police on horseback trampling protesters outside the Israeli Embassy. National Palestine Demonstration, Stop Gaza Massacre. London. in January.
Thanks to the organisers and Chris for the photos.
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Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan from Dale Farm celebrate their wedding day.
This was the third of four weddings held in quick succession by families at Dale Farm anxious to solemnize marriages before the New Year when Court of Appeal judges may rule that Basildon council can put into action its much delayed eviction operation.