Police recently forcibly removed disabled protestors from outside Downing Street after protesting against the government’s welfare reform proposals.
Banners containing slogans such as “entitlement not exploitation” and “welfare not war” were waved by members of the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN), ahead of the third reading of the Welfare Reform Bill later this month. There was also an attempt to block a bus and lorry passing along Whitehall by several members of the group before being removed by police. No arrests were made.
This is something you very rarely see in public: disabled people using civil disobedience to take action on important issues affecting us, which is something that should happen more (even if it’s just to create a greater public awareness).
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By Sulaiman Khan