Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) took to the streets of Birmingham to protest the “grave and systematic violations” of the human rights of disabled people as Theresa May gave her speech at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday.

In a press release, DPAC gave their reasons for protesting: “Since our first march against Tory austerity cuts in 2010 thousands of disabled people have been killed by the Tories’ policies and mindless cruelty.

“Thousands more have lost vital funding for independent living support and are either trapped in care homes or their own homes. Continent disabled people have been refused the human support they need to go to the toilet and instead been left with packs of incontinence pads. Others are being charged into further poverty as local authorities hike up their charges for social care.

“This year on our 8th anniversary we’re going back to the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham to make sure we are not forgotten and to highlight once more the grave and systematic violations of our human rights which we have endured for 8 long years.”

The DPAC protest sought to not only highlight the danger of cuts to disabled and vulnerable people in the UK, but the “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights which have occurred as a result of welfare reforms, and were highlighted by a UN inquiry published in 2016.

DPAC protesters used the hashtags #ToryCutsKill and #HostileEnvironment on Twitter to share their anger and experiences:


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