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Disabled people protest

by Richard Peacock
Issue No. 1791

Up to 100 disabled people from Hackney, east London, held a successful rally and advice meeting on the steps of Hackney Town Hall on Friday of last week. We were protesting about the implementation of new criteria for qualifying for a 'freedom pass', which enables disabled people to travel on public transport in London.

Hackney council is hoping to cut £150,000 to £250,000 off its budget. Faced with 100 disabled people, the council locked the town hall doors. The police showed up to push disabled people back down the steps of this public building.

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Sat 16 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1791
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