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Dale Farm Eviction Day Live Blog: Illegal Tasers, Burning Caravans And The Neighbours Rejoice

by | 19th, October 2011

DALE Farm: The camp is coming down. Bailiffs have been clearing travellers from the site.

The Violence:

Two protestors ahve been tasered by police.

A caravan has been set on fire.

Electricity has been cut off.

Rocks and liquids are tossed at police. The Basildon Echo says protestors are urinating on police.

The Chant:

“F*** the police, no justice, no peace.”

The Travellers:

A woman tells Sky News:

All I’ve been prepared to do is put my body in the way of harm. The fact that these baliffs have been paid so much to rip apart families and take them from their home here is disgusting. The justice system has massively failed these people.”

The Council :

Tony Ball, the leader of Basildon council says:

The time for talking is over. We have given the travellers’ every chance to leave peacefully and they have not taken it. Now our job is to clear the site in a safe and humane manner. It is quite clear to me that the majority of the public want us to do that. My biggest fear is that somebody – be it a bailiff, a police officer, a traveller or a supporter – gets hurt. I would call on those inside Dale Farm to behave sensibly and responsibly.

Is her for real? He adds not long after:

The pre-meditated and organised scenes of violence that we have already seen with protesters throwing rocks and bricks, threatening police with iron bars and setting fire to a caravan are shocking. These are utterly disgraceful scenes and demonstrate the fact some so-called supporters were always intent on violence. Nonetheless we are going to press on with this operation with our partners in a safe, dignified and humane way and will uphold the law.

Mary Sheridan (traveller):

“The only premeditated violence has come from the police- they knew exactly what they were doing when they started beating and tazering people. This is not how a community should be treated by its own Council. It’s illegal for us to travel, but illegal for us to settle down here. We’re getting hit by the police but we’ve got nowhere else to go.”

The Rosy-Fingered Dawn

As daylight was just beginning to break over Dale Farm a line riot police appeared on the road leading to the front gate their shields illumunated by headlights from a row of vans behind.A siren from behind the barricades was sounded as a polce tactical adviser came to talk to the activist telling them they were there to protect them. A shout of fascist came from behind the gate. – Richard Alleyne, Daily Telegraph

The Police:

A spokesman says:

“Officers have this morning entered the Dale Farm site following intelligence which informed the commanders that anyone entering the site was likely to come up against violence and a serious breach of the peace would occur. Intelligence received indicated protesters had stockpiled various items with the intent of using these against bailiffs and police. The first officers on the site were attacked with missiles being thrown, including rocks and liquids. These officers were fully equipped to deal with this situation.”

The Tasers:

Christian Papaleontiou of the Home Office’s policing directorate told the Commons home affairs select committee that Tasers should not be used “as a crowd control

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