Yesterday I went down to Dale farm with Elena. We were shown around by Geronimo. I met some of the many folk who have become a part of the fight to save the community from eviction as it awaits the outcome of the Judges summations on Tues next. There were young activists, English travellers and a whole community of people supporting each other in a microcosm of focus, all in one place. This is about Land, what it has become of it, who owns it and what we believe as a people living on it. It was an eye opening visit, not just because of how those inside have become focussed in their fight and in many cases taken down the barriers of their differences but because right at the end of the visit Geremino quietly took us aside to reveal another side to Dale Farm I'd not noticed before. We climbed a fence that had been erected to one side of the farm and peered over a wall. At first I wasn't quite sure what I was seeing, then I was in denial, then shock and then horror. For in the space of two weeks since I'd been there another Dale had arrived. Only this wasn't filled with the people who actually live there. This time it was filled with the machine that had arrived to evict them. The bailiffs. If you've met a bailiff before you'll have a tiny idea of what it means. Only this bailiff had a few extras that I'd never come across before, like imagine outside your house instead of one man with a clipboard a building was erected three times the size of your house with tanks and bulldozers, barbed wire fencing, police, security, camera's. And imagine that when you opened your door there was another door that led straight into a compound that looked a bit like a Nazi concentration camp and there was absolutely nowhere else to go. Have I said enough or do you think it needs more description. Cause I'm wondering where our world has gone, what we are creating in it's name and whose looking where. It scared the fuck out of me and I hallucinated on the way home. I'd only had a little smoke but hey . . . i didn't need any more. Just to add a note . . the cameras are all facing Dale farm, not the bailifs. When and if you come to see reports on the mainstream ask yourslef whose story is being told and from what angle.
Dale farm is one of the few and largest remaining community of Irish Travellers left in the country. They're not strictly gypsy's but still, the same rules apply cause they're seen as the 'unwanted'. It's become an international focus because if the evictors actually win then where does it go from there. I'm told that in many parts of europe police are beginning to shoot to kill the 'unwanted'. Is this how we're going here in the UK? Have we become so mindless as to just let this become a truth. Are we Nazi's in disguise. I'd have to argue that if you sit on the fence on this issue then you have already sided and it's not looking pretty from here. If the judge rules agains the community of Dale farm Tues next then Dale will need your support. Where you sit will make a difference. Support what is fast becoming a community that becomes a test bed of our collective future intent. I had a chat with one of the security guards. He said he could see both sides. But from where I stood he couldn't see Dale farm, just a wall. He wasn't a bad guy, just a bit confused, being poorly paid, listening to me and probably knew that at some point he'd make a decision about where he actually stood. Talk to those who seem unsure, get down there, witness the extraordinary happenings, act and create some magic, there's still time.
If on Monday (it's critical) if there's any smell that the Judge begins to side with the Nazi's then I'll be there with my camera. I'll have some space in my car and will help any others who want to get down there.
Thx to Geronimo for the hospitality and opening my mind.
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