Disabled protest halts traffic in the pouring rainTagged as: cuts repression social_struggles
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) called for an action to keep the effect of the cuts on diabled people in the spotlight. Disabled people came from different parts of the country and assembled at Leicester Square and moved off towards Trafalgar Square They brought parts of central London to a stand still after a successful protest blocked two roads at a major junction on the South side of 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.
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 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/