Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) & UK Uncut blockade Trafalgar Square - London, 18.04..2012
On 18th April 2012, around a hundred activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Disabled Activists Network (DAN), Right to Work Campaign and anti-corporate tax-avoidance campaigners UK Uncut joined forces on 18.04.2012 to carry out a demonstration and acts of civil disobedience to protest against the ongoing savage cuts being made to disability benefits by the Coalition Government led by Old Etonian, ex-Bullingdon Club member and ex-PR man, prime minister David Cameron, who has overseen a concerted public attack on the weakest, most vulnerable members of British society - the sick, the disabled and the dying - who are seeing the welfare benefits they depend on to survive slashed at the same time as they have been publicly demonised and branded work-shy scroungers by a compliant right-wing press, in order to slash the welfare budget.
Congregating at Leicester Square, the activists marched down Charing Cross Road - stopping twice mid-way to bring traffic to a halt - and proceeded to Trafalgar Square where there was already an advanced party of activists armed with heavy chains and padlocks waiting for them, where they proceeded to completely block off two roads by chaining their wheelchairs to lampposts and railings on either side of the road.
Frustrated police eventually brought chain-cutters, but the protesters refuses to move from their positions, and at that point, beyond begging them to move, the police had to stand by and wait until the protesters decided - two hours later - to move. The protest caused massive traffic jams in Central London, causing much irate frustration amongst many drivers (as was to be expected), but generally there was a very supportive mood from the public when the reason for the protest was explained to them.
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