DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) were joined by a wide range of grassroots groups to stage a hastily organised protest on the day of George Osborne’s first austerity budget since the Tory’s took power after the election this year.
Activists threw balls at Downing Street before going on an impromptu march. While a huge “Balls2TheBudget” banner was hung near St Thomas’ Hospital opposite Parliament, Westminster was brought to a standstill for several hours by a blockade of Westminster Bridge, and later, Parliament Square.
In the early afternoon, and as other Budget protesters began to arrive, police numbers built up and they moved in to clear the road, forcefully snatching the main banner, and arresting four people including one man in a wheelchair. They then deployed horses to keep people back off the road.