Protestors block Westminster Bridge over government disability cuts

Disability cuts protest closes London’s Westminster Bridge with police making multiple arrests.

A group from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) blocked the bridge for several hours on Wednesday, in protest against government cuts to disability benefits.

Protesters held large banners reading “No more deaths from benefit cuts.” The protest was met with a heavy police presence, which eventually broke it up and at least two people were arrested.

DPAC said about 150 people, many in wheelchairs, attended the protest to call for better financial support. The protest also drew attention to the treatment of disabled athletes at the Paralympics’ games in Rio.

On its website, DPAC claimed in 2015 that the UK became the first country in the world to be investigated by the United Nations for grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s rights.

“This is as a direct result of the disproportionate impact of austerity on disabled people and…

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