DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) staged a dramatic protest on Saturday at Westminster Abbey. They were highlighting the planned abolition of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and the terrible consequences such cuts would have on the lives of disabled people who gain some little freedom from being able to afford personal carers and who would otherwise end up in institutions.
The occupation was aided by UK Uncut and the Occupy movement, and was very nearly successful in its aim to establish a camp.
However, despite pleas from the protesters, the Dean of Westminster instructed police to confiscate tents and other equipment vital to the safety and well-being of the disabled activists, and he refused to communicate or negotiate directly with any organisers.
After a few hours, a meeting was held on site and a consensus reached, that although many of the supporters were ready to continue the occupation, the safety…
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