Taking Action ... Various protesters vs Basildon Council, Conservative Party

Protestors Dale Farm Solidarity, Unicef ambassadors, Amnesty International, United Nations Committee on Forced Evictions and The Gypsy Council

Target Basildon Council, Conservative Party

Location Dale Farm, Essex

Date 27-31 August

The lowdown

Campaigners from across Europe united to protest against the eviction of families at England's largest traveller site. Activists provided travellers with legal advice and eviction-resistance training. Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave visited the site and pledged her support.

Why the protest?

Basildon Council has served the travellers with an eviction notice giving 86 families until the end of August to leave the site. Protesters called this eviction a breach of human rights and rallied in support of the travellers.

How did Basildon Council respond?

Council leader Tony Ball said: 'We are continuing to talk to representatives at the Dale Farm site, and the way is open for a peaceful resolution if the travellers comply with the notice. The clearance operation has always been a reluctant last resort for Basildon Council.'

How did the media cover it?

Redgrave's involvement has been widely covered in national media including the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. The protest was reported online on BBC, national press, trade and local campaigning websites.

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