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  1. Disabled activists arrested during peaceful Westminster protest

    DISABLED activists were dragged by police officers and arrested outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday afternoon after a series of peaceful protest actions against George Osborne’s “emergency” Budget.

    A coalition of campaigners led by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) stopped traffic around Westminster as they targeted several government buildings, including Downing Street.

    More than 50 campaigners, including several wheelchair users, marched down Whitehall and blocked Westminster Bridge after filling the gates of Downing Street with hundreds of rubber balls.

    Each ball carried a message from protesters to the Chancellor, one reading: “Blood on Tory hands.”

    The four arrests took place when protesters decided to block the House of Commons car park exit hoping to speak to Mr Osborne.

    Among those arrested was soup kitchens network Streets Kitchen founder Jon Glackin and DPAC spokesman Andy Greene, who had to be taken to the police station in a special vehicle for wheelchair users.

    Ahead of his arrest Mr Greene entreated protesters not to accept “permanent austerity” and “permanent prosperity for the 1 per cent.”

    He said: “Right across the board we have seen unprecedented and unrelenting assaults on public services, public-service workers and those of us who make up the 99 per cent.

    “There’s no mandate for the actions carried out in this Budget today, there is no mandate for this government, despite what it tells you.

    “There is no mandate for austerity, there is no justifying the cuts.

    “Today what we are saying is we want a different future — we don’t want permanent austerity, we don’t want permanent prosperity for the 1 per cent, we want them held to account.

    “We want them to stop taking public money, we want them to start putting back into the public purse.”

    Like many of the other groups, DPAC looked at recent events in Greece as inspiration for the day’s protest.

    As in Greece, Mr Greene said: “We are not taking this debt on our shoulders any more.

    “You are not breaking the back of the poor to carry around the 1 per cent.”

    The People’s Assembly Against Austerity also held demonstrations and rallies in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, protesting against the Budget.

    The Star revealed on Tuesday that People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn had been threatened with arrest by Met police officers if he took part.



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