Birmingham DAN protest, 1995
The photograph was taken in October 1995 during a two day national action organised by DAN (Disabled People’s Direct Action Network) in Birmingham. The protest was in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) at a trade show for accessible buses. The protest resulted in two DAN activists, Robin Chapman & John Smith, being arrested. John Smith was later charged with Criminal Damage. However, at trial John was found not guilty and the NEC were ordered to pay costs.
Two police officers hold back disabled protestors at two large glass doors, with people inside the building looking on. John Smith is the person in the centre of the image, wearing a multicoloured jacket with his back to the camera.