Disabled Protesters Storm House of Commons Against Abolition of Independent Living Fund.
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) Campaigners from Suffolk/Ipswich at Today’s Parliament Protest.
The BBC reports.
Protesters have attempted to enter the House of Commons chamber during Prime Minister’s Questions.
The group, campaigning against the end of the Independent Living Fund, were prevented from getting in by police.
BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said about 20 protesters, many of whom were in wheelchairs, had made their way towards – and attempted to “storm” into – the Commons chamber.
The doors were quickly closed on the chanting protesters, he said.
Prime Minister’s Questions carried on inside the chamber, and Commons officials told broadcasters not to film the protest, which continued outside in Westminster’s central lobby.
The video above suggests that they have not been successful in that demand!
The Huffington Post adds,
Protesters angry at cuts to welfare for people with disabilities have clashed with police as they attempted to gatecrash the main Commons chamber during Prime Minister’s Questions.
Around 40 demonstrators, including 10 in wheelchairs, from a group called Disabled People Against Cuts were held in Parliament’s Central Lobby after being thwarted from confronting David Cameron.
They were protesting against axing the Independent Living Fund, a payment that one protestor said prevents her being under effective “house arrest”.
The Prime Minister was seemingly unaware of the fracas – which was recorded on social media – as he answered questions from MPs.
Protester Janie Mac told The Huffington Post UK that one demonstrator was “dragged out by both her arms”, and that another was “kicked and punched”.
She said: “One protester tried to go through with their carer and they (the police) grabbed them like you wouldn’t believe.
Sally Booth, who has MS, said the payment was the “difference for most is us between getting out of bed in the morning, washing, getting dressed and given some food, and being parked in front of the television all day.
“It’s not much of a life. Before I got the ILF money I was hardly going out at all. It’s house arrest.”
More reports from Disabled People Against Cuts.