Response to The Sunday Times article
The Sunday Times article on Climate Camp (30/8/09) reported someone at the camp responding to a passerby who shouted “Get a job”, saying, “actually we’re not dirty gypsies we just believe in a sustainable future for the planet.”
Of course, we can’t guarantee that no one who enters the camp would say this, but it in no way represents the views of the camp, which is totally and publicly opposed to any form of racism and does not tolerate it at the camp.
Gypsy and Traveller women, men and children suffer blatant and outrageous prejudice, discrimination and abuse. For decades they have been subjected to the police violence that climate protesters have recently faced. They have a long experience of resistance, outdoor low-carbon living, and protecting a site that we call all learn from, and some have always taken part in Climate Camp. In response, one said, “I am a bit dirty now, but that’s camping for you.”
The reported comment, whether or not it was correctly heard by your reporter, is contrary stated camp agreements and in no way reflects our views. Media team, Camp for Climate Action