24 March 2011 'Virtual Protest' for disabled people against cuts
Disabled people unable to attend the TUC’s mass march and rally over government spending cuts will be able to take part instead in a “virtual” protest online.
People unable to attend the March for the Alternative because of access issues, lack of support or impairment-related reasons will be able to back the fight against spending cuts by taking part in an online protest.
The campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is encouraging disabled people who will not be able to attend the protest to email a short message of support, their photograph and the first half of their postcode.
Each message will be added to an online map of the UK to show the scale of support across the country.
Linda Burnip, a founding member of DPAC, said:
I think this is a really important opportunity for us to show that disabled people are not just going to sit back and be attacked over and over again.
It is really important to show people who may feel hopeless and that they can’t do anything that together we can do something.
She said the protest would send the government the message that “we can fight back, we will fight back and we are stronger together”.
For disabled people who can take part in the London protest, there will be a shorter route for those not able to cover the whole route.
The TUC is also hoping to organise a “static demonstration point” near Hyde Park Corner. There will also be a wheelchair-accessible area for the rally in Hyde Park.
The inclusion of disabled people who are not able to get to the event is a good idea for people who want to show their support, but cant offer it physically. I am not sure about the number of people who are aware of this alternative way of campaigning? It seems a good way of including people with different disabilities, ages, backgrounds from across the UK.