Atos kills and the police injure disabled folk
One wheelchair user suffered a broken shoulder yesterday after police indiscriminately attacked a peaceful protest held by disabled people and supporters outside the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Several hundred people had earlier gathered outside the London headquarters of Paralympic sponsor Atos as part of the week of action against the company. Atos carry out the Work Capability Assessment, a computer based test which has been used to find hundreds of thousands of disabled and seriously ill people ‘fit for work’.
Tragically several people have committed suicide after Atos and the DWP have connived to cut their benefits, whist many more have had conditions worsened by the endless and traumatic assessment regime. Astonishingly Atos are also sponsors of the London Paralympic Games.
Whilst speeches and angry chants condemned the company outside their own front door, other disabled activists had joined up with UK Uncut outside Caxton House in Westminster…
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