Today’s Protest For The Disabled And Elderly people - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Today’s Protest For The Disabled And Elderly people

Published April 4, 2016

Jóhanna Pétursdóttir
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You may have missed it because of the current hot topic, Sigmundur Davíð and Panama Paper, but another protest was held in Reykjavík today to raise awareness for the disabled and elderly in Iceland.

The fact that buildings in Iceland aren’t easily accessible for disabled people is a big problem. Three friends – Heidi Dolores, Marianna Vilbergs and Jack Daniel – decided enough was enough. “We need to stand and sit together to make sure that they don’t forget us,” Heidi Dolores said.

Everybody should be able to go to a café, to the store or any other building for that matter. According to the protesters, that’s not the case today. Government buildings, especially, aren’t considerate of disabled people’s needs with their narrow construction, thresholds and everything that may make moving around tougher for the disabled. When asked if they wanted something specific to change after this protest the three said simultaneously: “There are so many things.”

They also want to remind people of the fact that accidents can happen to anyone. Sitting there in front of the Ministry of welfare playing music they want to point out that everyone has the same rights and that things need to change in Iceland concerning disabled and elderly.

 

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