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Disability activists stage week of action

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2370

Dpac protesting outside the Department for Work and Pensions

Dpac protesting outside the Department for Work and Pensions (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Around 200 campaigners for disabled people’s rights protested at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in central London on Wednesday of last week. 

Campaigners rallied outside the ministries for transport, energy, education and health demanding equality for disabled people before converging on the DWP. 

They chanted, “Give us back our money” and “Atos kills”.

This was part of a week of action organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) to highlight worsening affects of cuts on people with disabilities and their families.

Roger Lewis from Dpac said, “We’re fighting against this vicious ConDem government but union leaders need to do more.”

Dpac and Inclusion London, which promotes equality, then launched the UK Disabled People’s Manifesto, Reclaiming Our Futures, in parliament. 

Activists came from around Britain to protest.

In Oxford the Oxford People’s Assembly held a rememberance event on Friday of last week for those who have died following Atos assessments. Candles were lit and Unison health activist Dan Fearnley spoke, followed by a minute’s silence.

Unison health and local government activsts also took part in the remembrance.

Thanks to John Walker

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Tue 10 Sep 2013, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2370
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