‘Noisy protests’ around Tory conference, in London and elsewhere
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is hoping #AudioRiot protests in central London and around the country will help highlight concerns about a series of “devastating” changes to social security being imposed by the Tories.
DPAC is asking disabled activists and their allies to bring anything that will make a row: drums, whistles, bells, loudhailers, football rattles, along with ear protection, to protest about the government’s ongoing assault on vulnerable people. Of particular and immediate concern is the Tories’ decision to scrap – from the end of this month – the £20-a-week uplift to universal credit that was introduced at the start of the pandemic.
The protest will gather outside King’s Cross station – but is not intended to disrupt travel or any of the station’s activities – at 11.30am this Tuesday, 28 September.
The protest also aims to draw attention to a long-neglected reality – the government’s refusal to offer the same pandemic ‘uplift’ to those on ‘legacy benefits’, who have not yet been moved across to the widely-condemned Universal Credit system. These include disabled people claiming employment and support allowance (ESA).
Three days before the Kings Cross protest – on Saturday 25 September – DPAC is also asking members and allies around the country to create AudioRiot in their local areas.
DPAC is also raising funds for a protest at the Tories’ annual conference, which begins 3 October in Manchester, involving a mobile video screen that will tour the city, during Rishi Sunak’s speech to the conference, highlighting the Tories’ endless attacks on disabled people. If you want to donate to the fundraiser, you can do so here.
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