At the beginning of this month, Sunday the 2nd of December 2012, we witnessed a large march as the streets of Madrid were flooded by Spanish people with disabilities protesting against government austerity measures. These austerity measures are resulting in the loss of funds and support for disabled people organizations. This was the first time that such a big number of people, more than 50,000 protesters with disabilities gathered from across the country.
According to the Federation of Persons with Disabilities CERMI funding of organizations that support people with disabilities decreased significantly and many local authorities are late with payments. The protesters that gathered also expressed their opposition to the privatization of public health care institutions.
For more information on CERMI please click here.