Protesters hold the Department for Communities and Local Government responsible for ‘leading the attack on Traveller rights’ by increasing eviction powers and slashing regional targets for site provision. The Department for Communities and Local Government also contributed £1.2 million in funding to the Dale Farm eviction.
Oscar Farrell, who resisted the eviction at Dale Farm one year ago, said “What is happening at Dale Farm isn’t just a local dispute – it is part of Eric Pickles’ attack on Traveller communities. Traveller families all over the country are being evicted and left with nowhere else to go because there aren’t enough sites.”
Dale Farm residents spoke from outside the Department for Communities and Local Government. Mary Flynn, former Dale Farm resident and mother of four, said “They ignore us in their laws, they ignore us in their consultations, they ignore our desperate situation at Dale Farm. They just want us to disappear. The only way we can be heard is to come to the government’s doorstep. My children are asking ‘why can’t we go home?’ Eric Pickles needs to answer them.”