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More than 700 activists demonstrated outside Atos HQ
calling for the Work Capability Assessments to be
scrapped.
                                               Two hundred of those
                                               protesters joined and
                                               supported a blockade and
                                               occupation of the DWP
                                               headquarters
                                               It was the final day of a week
                                               of action against Atos.
Homemade banners paid tribute to Cecilia Burns, who
died on Monday.

Cecilia had spoken out against Atos when the
Government contractor had declared her „fit-for-work‟.
Despite being treated for breast cancer, Cecilia‟s
sickness benefits were slashed.
She described Atos‟ Work Capability Assessment as a
„joke‟.
Indeed it is the sickest of jokes.
More than 1100 people have died of their illnesses
after being passed „fit-for-work‟ by a flawed test
carried out by Atos.
The protests over the week have reflected the anger
at Atos and the Government.
They‟ve given confidence to Paralympians, who know
too well the importance of the lifeline that disability
benefits provide.
Team GB hid Atos logos on their lanyards and former
Paralympians are encouraging current competitors to
make a stand like that made by Tommie Smith and
John Carlos who gave the black-fisted salute at the
Mexico Olympics in 1968.
The Atos Games have brought serious pressure to
bear on the Government and their pet contractors.
Disabled occupiers of the DWP demanded to speak to
Ministers and Senior Management. Instead the police
were called.
The police waded in with such force that one man in a
wheelchair was hospitalised with a fractured shoulder
and a woman was tipped from her wheelchair.
Inside the occupation, the police used the opportunity
to arrest a protester in the lobby.
It is clear that the Government have no other answer
to the growing anger against their vicious policies than
to use their thugs in blue to use violence to intimidate
protesters.
But if they think that terrorising disabled activists will
weaken the protests, they have another think coming.
The movement against this rancid ConDem coalition
has momentum and all roads lead to the TUC
demonstration on 20th October, for which Roger
Lewis, DPAC activist said we need to build to get “2
million on the streets against Cameron”.

				
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Description: More than 1100 people have died of their illnesses after being passed ‘fit-for-work’ by a flawed test carried out by Atos.