Friday, June 23, 2017

Protesters ripped from wheelchairs and zip-tied: A symbol of what Medicaid cuts will do

Disabled protests
Disabled protester hauled away
in zip-tie handcuffs

Thursday evening Rachel Maddow reported on a die-in outside of Mitch McConnell’s Senate office by ADAPT, a disabilities rights organization. Here’s a short description from Wiki.

ADAPT is a grassroots United States disability rights organization with chapters in 30 states. It had once been part of the militant wing of the disability rights movement due to its history of nonviolent direct action in order to bring attention and awareness to the lack of civil rights the disability community has. ADAPT strategies included using civil disobedience if necessary as a tool to gain public attention, so that they can change laws, policies, and services affecting persons with disabilities. …

The protest and the subsequent police action went viral. Just Google “disabled protesters removed by police” for more videos and photos. Here’s an example.

What you don’t see in the photo here at the upper right, because her hands were behind the wheel chair, is that the disabled (!) protesters were being handcuffed with zip ties. I guess the authorities were worried about being harmed by this nonviolent group.

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