'Freedom Drive': Disabled Belgians demonstrate in Brussels for improved rights

'Freedom Drive': Disabled Belgians demonstrate in Brussels for improved rights
Credit: Joris Vliegen/Belga.

On Tuesday morning, people with disabilities marched from Cinquantenaire Park to the European Parliament to seek improved means for them to live a dignified and autonomous life in Belgium

The European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) led the protest action, which saw disabled Belgians march in whatever way they can to emphasise the paucity of resources available to handicapped persons in Belgium.

The Freedom Drivers, as they have called themselves, want politicians to ensure that their rights are respected.

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"We lack affordable and accessible accommodation, getting a job is incredibly tough, and benefits are insufficient to live on," noted ENIL spokesman Nadia Hadad.

"As a result, many individuals with disabilities end up in institutions that are difficult to leave due to a lack of outside help," she continues.

To that end, the protesters' main aim is for Belgian society to better adapt to include people with disabilities.


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