Two songs from The Homeless Oratorio with The Choir With No Name and a string quartet from the London Symphony Orchestra live and plugged in at Saint Paul’s Church Covent Garden
Two arrested at Dale Farm Protest outside Basildon Council Offices
Supporters and residents from Dale Farm have staged a protest at Basildon Council buildings today.
Two protesters scaled the front of the building and put up a banner calling on Council Leader Tony Ball to resign. The protestors remained out of reach of police for nearly an hour before being arrested.
Ali Saunders, a spokesperson for Dale Farm Solidarity who was at the protest, said “It’s becoming clear that this eviction is a lost cause- Dale Farm has got to stay, Tony Ball has got to go”
Mary Sheridan, a Dale Farm resident, said: “Instead of wasting money on destroying a community, Tony Ball should be putting money into Basildon and supporting local people. This shouldn’t be about Travellers, but about what’s good for Basildon.”
By Mike Doherty
Dale Farm Eviction on Hold
Irish Traveller’s from Dale Farm returned to the High Court in London on Monday 24th September to hear Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart order another delay to Basildon Council’s planned eviction of 51 unauthorised plots at Dale Farm Traveller site in Essex.
Speaking before the hearing, Dale Farm resident Kathleen McCarthy said that the threat of eviction was particularly bad on the children: “When we left home this morning all the children were terrified that this would be the end. They are still going to the local school but when they go home at the end of the day they say goodbye to everyone in case they don’t come back the next day.
Inside the High Court the Judge, Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart, told the packed court-room that the case was very complicated and he was concerned because Basildon Council had missed out important details from their eviction schedule. He pointed out that some of the plots had buildings, fences and caravans that were not mentioned on the Council’s enforcement notices.
Because of these concerns Mr Justice Edwards-Smith adjourned the case and told Basildon to sort out their paperwork and work with the Travellers to come up with an eviction schedule before returning to the court next Monday.
In a statement to the press outside, Dale Farm resident Mr Patrick Egan said: “I think the Judge’s decision was very fair and understanding to both sides,”
Basildon Council Leader Tony Ball, who was also at the hearing, said: “Today was another day when the wheels of justice continue to grind slowly forward. It has been good day for the Council and our local residents.”
“Basildon’s senseless eviction plans have hit a quagmire”
Speaking after the court case a spokesperson from the Save Dale Farm Campaign said: “Basildon’s senseless eviction plans have hit a quagmire. Millions of pounds are lost daily keeping police, bailiffs and diggers on hold. Today the Travellers beseeched the Council to return to the negotiating table to find a solution that does not destroy their community.”
The Dale Farm Travellers, who are receiving free legal advice from supporters, are also launching another court case on Thursday to try to stop the eviction. This case is separate from the one that Mr Justice Edwards-Smith is presiding over and will be heard at the High Court again, but with a different judge. This case, called a Judicial Review, will examine whether Basildon Council have the right to break down the legally built fences and gates on the site to evict the unauthorized plots.
Ali Saunders, a supporter of the Dale Farm community, said “One of the things the judicial review on Thursday will examine is whether the whole eviction can go ahead. Because recent court victories have made it clear that a full site clearance cannot legally go ahead, the court has an obligation to consider the case. There are several cases we are working on, because the eviction is wrong on so many levels.”
By Mike Doherty
Saturday, August 27, 2011
|Home Secretary, Theresa May|
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
After the riots in London and throughout the UK I was quick to report on the full spectrum push against democracy and freedom from all sectors of the British government, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
It started with calls to shut down social media in times of government-declared emergency and even resulted in the imprisonment of two young men for four years because they failed to incite a riot on Facebook.
These moves seem tame to what has now emerged in Britain: a blanket ban on all demonstrations, marches, protests and other gatherings in several areas of London for a whopping 30 days starting September 2nd.
The moratorium was declared after a request was placed by acting Commissioner of the Scotland Yard, Tim Godwin, amongst fears that more violence would be caused if protests were allowed to continue.
Theresa May attempted to justify this undemocratic ban on protests by saying that, “Having carefully considered the legal tests in the Public Order Act and balanced rights to protest against the need to ensure local communities and property are protected, I have given my consent to a ban on all marches in Tower Hamlets and four neighbouring boroughs for a 30-day period”.
This effectively blocked the plan for an English Defense League rally in the capitol, along with opposing anti-racist rallies organized by the British chapter of Unite Against Fascism and United East End.
However, the groups Unite Against Fascism and United East End plan to move forward with the anti-Fascist march on September 3rd regardless of the moratorium.
In a statement the groups declared that, “We the undersigned welcome the banning of the racist English Defence League’s (EDL) march through Tower Hamlets.
However, we believe the headlines claiming the EDL have been “banned” from Tower Hamlets are misleading. The EDL will still be holding a static protest in the borough.
We are also appalled to discover that the Metropolitan Police are applying for a blanket ban on ALL marches across five London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest; and the City of London for 30 days”, said the statement.
This is a huge attack on everyone’s civil liberties and prevents people’s right to oppose racism.
We have the democratic right to peacefully march through Tower Hamlets on 3 September to show unity of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Black, Asian, LGBT communities, trade unions and all those against fascism and for freedom, and to voice opposition to the EDL’s attempts to divide us.
Our legal advice says there is no law that says if one march has been banned all marches in that area must be banned.
It is our human right to peacefully march in Tower Hamlets.
We therefore support the joint UAF/UEE protest on 3 September”
I just hope that the UAF and UEE will not be met with violence at the hands of police forces that support the anti-democratic fascistic declaration.
Interestingly, the ban is also serendipitously timed to prevent the protest against the massive arms trade exposition on September 13th.
The protest is one of London’s largest and is in opposition to the world’s largest arms fair called the Defense and Security Equipment International that operates from September 13th to 16th in the ExCeL Center in East London.
The now banned protest, dubbed “Disarm DSEi” would be protesting the arms exhibition which showcases more than 1,200 companies to over 25,000 buyers from around the world, which includes representatives of dictatorships and other regimes guilty of human rights abuses.
Another protest blocked under the government ban would be the October 1st protest called “Europe Against Austerity” which involves trade unions and other social organizations who were planning to stage a demonstration at the European Conference Against Austerity and Privatization.
It is quite sad to see the UK slowly descend into a police state styled after the oppressive American regime we currently find ourselves oppressed by.
The Dellow centre is the worst homeless helping institution i have experienced in three years time. It seems they like to keep people waiting with no obvious reason and do, God knows, upset they clients. During the appointment with one of the workers i had to wait to be seen for a half an hour, when the person himself all the time was standing with the cake on the plate in the kitchen as if ready to serve someone, yet no one actually was interested in anything getting there, it was past the usual kitchen hours. when questioned of the reason for such a disrespect in the civilised, not offensive manner, she replied doing a volunteer service and is not obliged to help anyone! i could not go there for the next few month out of disgust i felt for the way they are, and then i came to buy a breakfast and was refused till the reassessment to be done. which was not happening and not happening when i left hungry... their robotic: "sorry, it is not allowed, sorry it is not allowed.." is the only explanation i heard for having no reassessment when four or five of them where present in the corridors and arround the room interacting on they mobile phones, computers, finger nails and each other... this place is superbly absurd and should be closed immediately i think. thanks to Chris for the corresponding opinion and thank you, Dellow you really made feel the label "Homeless" sticky! Mantas .