Disabled Protesters Bring Traffic Chaos To Central London

Disabled protesters brought parts of central London to a stand still today after a successful protest blocked two roads at a major junction on the South side of Trafalgar Square.

The protest met outside Mcdonalds in Leicester Square, before taking the road and marching towards Trafalgar Square.  On leaving Leicester Square the police tried to force protesters off the road, but this attempt at physical intimidation was resisted.  After terse negotiations the police agreed to let march walk down the road if it stopped at Trafalgar Square.

Quick witted protesters were already at the Southern point of the Square, and as the march arrived a group of wheelchair users headed out into the street and D-locked their wheelchairs blocking two roads at the busy junction.

Whilst flummoxed coppers started to get a bit physical, it was to no avail as people were able to dodge round them into the road to support the blockade.  Traffic began to build up quickly behind both blockades although several drivers of the vehicles in the burgeoning traffic jam were supportive of the action being taken.

Both roads were closed for an hour until police once again resorted to physical force to open up one lane of traffic.  This did little to ease the congestion which was now stretching out across London in all directions.  Despite intermittent heavy rain the blockades remained in force for just over another hour before leaving to cheers celebrating a job well done.

The protest was called by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), with protesters travelling from across the UK to take part.  The heroic Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign were out in force from as far away as Scotland whilst others had come from the Isle of Wight, Manchester, Brighton and Winchester.  Other claimant groups including Boycott Workfare were also present in support of the action, along with other groups including UK Uncut and Right to Work, whilst drummers from samba band Rhythms of Resistance helped keep spirits high.

This is the second time this year that an action of this nature has gridlocked London’s busy West End and will not be the last.  Disability and claimant groups are furious at the ongoing war on disabled people, in which benefits and care funding are being slashed, Remploy factories closed down and ever more humiliating tests being devised in an attempt to strip vital benefits from people who already often live in poverty.

A demonstration is being held outside Parliament this Friday 20th April in protest at the Remploy factory closures, whilst May Day has been declared a Day of Action Against the Government’s failing and exploitative workfare schemes.

24 responses to “Disabled Protesters Bring Traffic Chaos To Central London

  1. Well done all the protesters!

  2. JLO agreed was a great strategy well done to all who took part.

  3. OH NOES! NOT TRAFFIC CHAOS!!!

    QUICK!! get all the PEOPLE out of the way of those CARS!!!

  4. Fantastic, together we can make a better Britain.
    May 3ed Local Elections organise now, wipe this tory lib dem scum out.
    PS Thank you to everyone who took part.

  5. g2-22a08306c7c9466c4d52043c53e209a1

    We did definitely disrupt the traffic, but the Police actually stopped us chaining ourselves. We went and stood in the road and wouldn’t move anyway though🙂

  6. g2-22a08306c7c9466c4d52043c53e209a1

    I came from the Isle of Wight too Johnny, you could have mentioned that, took me hours.😡

  7. with you in spirit guys. Shame no coverage on TV news though, what is going on there then ?

    • I think the lack of coverage was to do with a lack of a media savvy dude, pulling the strings, to drum up interest and coverage.

      At 16:30, yesterday, using ‘trafalgar square london protest disable’, only 4 of the first 10 hits were to do with the protest, 2 from ITV news, 1 from DPAC and 1 from someone else who was there, today at 16:03, most of the first 4 pages using that search, produce the goods

  8. sky news were there and filmed it, we saw the guy and spoke to him, we asked when it would be on and all he said was “I’ve sent my footage back now, don’t know when it will be on. No ones reported seeing anything yet as far as know, but it WILL be on sky news at some point. And guardan have reported it here already.
    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guardian.co.uk%2Fsociety%2F2012%2Fapr%2F18%2Fdisability-benefits-cuts-protest-trafalgar-square&h=uAQFT5ukWAQGTdNB820tDFlJceCkOqHwrNatmkq9fGBwmFw

  9. Onmybiketoo: don’t expect anything from the BBC, they have been shocking in their protest coverage. or lack of it. Nothing on today’s protest on either Radio 5 Live or the BBC news main web page. They had plenty to say when high earners lost child tax credit (or whatever it was).

    Priorities, eh?

    • Auntie Traffic

      The only mention on the BBC “news” was through the traffic reports on the radio: “Demonstration in central London, traffic is gridlocked around Trafalgar Square, please do avoid the area.”🙂

  10. You could guarantee a top news story if cameron developed a boil on his nose!
    Well done to those able to take part, a job well done, keep up the pressure on this heartless priveliged bunch of no good lying career politicians.

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  12. Some footage of one of your protesters being shoved around:

  13. Good for the protesters. I support them wholeheartedly.
    Shame on the media for their silence.

  14. nospamplease@blueyonder.co.uk

    You know how they say that “voting never changed anything”, Johnny?
    Well, the Tories don’t seem to agree, as they want to strip the unemployed of the vote.

    http://politicalscrapbook.net/2012/04/tom-bursnall-should-unemployed-have-vote/

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ianmcowie/100010127/a-tax-based-alternative-to-the-alternative-vote/

    • nospamplease

      My first reaction to your link was to laugh my arse off because if the Tories are this desperate and prepared to voice it publicly means they are truly doomed. I think they forgot that democracy means everybody lol

      also stated in their article on the subject

      It would be terribly ‘unfair’ of you to give equal representation rights to the chap who contributes 50 times more than the next person.

      well that set me off laughing again because if we apply the same logic to the Tory party/libdem lap dogs and their dismal failures towards the citizens of the whole country apart from the top % then by there own admission should would be well and truly chucked/sacked by now…….

      • nospamplease@blueyonder.co.uk

        Well, it’s coming, so laugh it up. They’ve got the firepower to back it up, too.

        • nospamplease

          my laughter was a representation of them actually being able to dream up such an outrageous idea as this would truly set them up as the despots they clearly long to be. Along with all the other measures they are trying to take, ie legal aid, abolish rights workers, make us work for no wages and try and drop our EHR by continually highlighting one case in the media all the time and believe me I am well aware they are trying to enslave us all.

  15. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart to all who made this possible, through organising or attending. Many of you will be paying the price of your efforts with exacerbation or relapse of your health-condition. Thankyou so much for your sacrifice.

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