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Disabled People Against Cuts: ‘We won’t accept attacks on our benefits’

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2300

Fighting the Tory assault on benefits  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Fighting the Tory assault on benefits  (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Over 100 disabled people and their supporters protested in central London on Wednesday of last week against welfare cuts and the closure of Remploy factories.

A group of over 30 wheelchair users chained themselves together, blocking the road by Trafalgar Square and disrupting traffic for several hours.

Maz, who travelled from Brighton to join the protest, was one of them.

He told Socialist Worker, “I have a friend who has cancer. They told her she was fit for work and they took her benefits away.

“She’s having to appeal at the same time as having chemotherapy.

“It’s fear of what they’re going to do that gets to you.”

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and UK Uncut called the protest.

Roger Lewis from the DPAC national steering committee said, “People who have been very disempowered have been learning how to be militant.

“We’re setting a benchmark for other anti-cuts groups.”


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Tue 24 Apr 2012, 16:25 BST
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