Apr 182012
 

 

Starting at Leicester Sq

 

Disabled people came from different parts of the country and assembled at Leicester Square and moved off towards Trafalgar Square. It started raining intermittently. Police accompanied us and were not happy that we were on the road. They tried to get information and we heard them asking what were our plans but none of us spoke to them.

Arriving at Trafalgar Square, 2 groups of wheelchair users split up and block up two junctions. Police tried to get us off the street while activists chanted and voiced their protests.

 
In the pouring rain the activists stayed put inspite of the police trying to move us on and the drummers kept spirits up while we chatted and handed out post cards to passer bys.

drummers

the Scottish contingent

Time went by very quicky and we decided to finish at 4pm and ended then. Thank you everybody for making it such a success! Rights not Charity!

More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/disabledpeopleprotest/sets/72157629847654023/with/6945227156/

http://www.demotix.com/news/1162942/disabled-people-against-cuts-demonstration-held-london

More news from the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/18/disability-benefits-cuts-protest-trafalgar-square?CMP=twt_gu

from Harpy Marx http://harpymarx.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/todays-block-the-road/

from Johny Void http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/disabled-protesters-bring-traffic-chaos-to-central-london/

DPAC is on twitter : @dis_ppl_protest

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  15 Responses to “Disabled protest halts traffic in London in the pouring rain”

  1. […] Disabled protest halts traffic in London in the pouring rain  […]

  2. I don’t wish to carp and I know that it’s only a trial, but Learn Direct don’t seem to have any reference to the Remploy E-cycle schmee. If you follow the link from Remploy’s site to their E-bay shop, they are selling machines running XP! As any fule kno Linux will be supported till the next millennium (probably), whereas XP will wither and die in April 2014.

  3. Thanks for sharing this post.

    Best wishes, Alex.

  4. Wonderful stuff, well done. I would like to be involved in demos and am wondering about regional ones as i have fibromyalgia and can’t travel far. I live in South wales. How do I find out whether demos are planned and by who?

    Best wishes and keep strong, Kasbah

  5. Hi, can you could add me to your mailing list? I’d really like to know where and when you have protests/demonstrations taking place in and around London. If you don’t have a mailing list can you please email me with information as I’d love to come along and cover the events for Insight Radio.

    Many thanks,

    Leeanne

  6. Hi, can you could add me to your mailing list? I’d really like to know where and when you have protests/demonstrations taking place in and around London. If you don’t have a mailing list can you please email me with information as I’d love to come along and cover the events for Insight Radio.

    Many thanks,

    Leeanne

    P.S. I tried to submit this through contacts but to no avail

    • Hi Leanne, we can add you to the mailing list but the easiest way to find out what is going on is to join as a member and also log onto subscribe in which case you’ll get alerts when something is posted on the website.

  7. we need something big protest we need to united deaf people and disabled people and hearing people who had affect by cuts, benefits cut, lost their jobs and too many taxes we want the government to listen to british people who need jobs and help the people
    i am deaf and partially sighted in right eye i have horrible experience 6 years ago i got the job in the kitchen for school dinner i really happy and enjoyed it but 2 weeks later i had a shock they stopped me go to work in the kitchen it broke my heart that i am health and safety risk cos my eye sight that mean i not allowed to work in the kitchen it hit me hard i really upset and angry it unbelivable i found out that i am not the only one who had a problem with health and safety regulations we need stop now we should keep the benefits cos people who cant get a good job with health and safety regulations in other areas we need to change we can go to good jobs
    now i have a job as cleaner i am on IB because of that i am allowed to work under 16hours
    so please help us to protest and we need a revolution for britain we want to government to wake up
    we need a set a date so i can spread the words

    many thanks
    gemma day

  8. Well done to all who attended, but where do we go from here?

    THE GOVERNMENT STILL AIN’T LISTENING!!!!!!!

    LETS NOT GET MAD, LETS GET EVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. SAVE REMPLOY – PUBLIC MEETING
    THURSDAY 26TH APRIL 6.30 – 8.30 PM
    AT
    FARADAY HOUSE
    48-51 Old Gloucester Street
    London, WC1N 3AE
    (Opposite Unite’s Holborn Office car park)

    As a result of the damning Sayce Report on funding for disabled
    workers last year Remploy has announced the closure of 36 of its 54
    factories. The first closures are imminent; and the remaining 18 will
    be forced to shut by the end of 2013 if they cannot reduce the subsidy
    for per disabled factory worker.

    THERE WILL NOT BE ANY ‘BIG’ NAMES ON THE TOP TABLE
    THIS MEETING IS LED BY REMPLOY WORKERS PRESENT AND PAST
    WE’VE LISTENED TO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SAY ON THE CLOSURES…

    NOW COME AND HEAR WHAT THE REMPLOY WORKERS HAVE TO SAY!

    Join us in the fight to save Remploy

  10. Well done all! You did well. Lovely (!) video of one of your guys being shoved around:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5Vr6YlrmGQ

  11. [...] Disabled protest halts traffic in London in the pouring rain  [...]

  12. Yay!
    Well done to all ;)

  13. Hi Leeanne you can keep up to date with events and demos by subscribing on the home page of this site

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