EXCLUSIVE: Disabled activists plan to blockade Parliament
by John Millington ©
DISABLED activists will lay siege to Parliament tomorrow at 2pm in an act of “peaceful” civil defiance against the Coalition’s tough austerity programme.
The Daily Dreadnaught has learned that around 50 activists from direct action group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) plan to disrupt parliamentary proceedings in order to highlight “damaging cuts” to disability benefits which many claim are condemning most to a future of grinding poverty.
Members of the group will be taking part in “paupers picnic” before proceeding to the Central lobby at around 2pm.
Controversy surrounding private company Atos who are charged with getting disabled people off benefits and the government’s decision to close specialist Remploy factories have been seen as further evidence that disabled people are being used as a “soft” target for austerity, the group says.
DPAC spokesman Adam Lotun said: “Tuesday 17th July is the day that Parliament goes into recess and all the MP’s rush off for their 2 month paid holidays.”
“By lobbying them we will be keeping them back a bit and maybe inconvenience them as they must see their constituents if a signed Green Slip is submitted.”
DPAC are one of a number of peaceful direct action groups have sprung up since the government’s austerity programme was introduced over 2 years ago.