The Atos Games began today with a crowd of up to 70 activists gathered for the Opening Ceremony at City Hall in London.
After the Master of Ceremonies opened the proceedings with an impassioned attack on Atos and the ConDem government and the way that their Work Capability Assessments have driven disabled people and those that are seriously ill to despair and worse.
He told of how more than 1000 people have died of their illnesses after being passed ‘fit-for-work’ and others have taken their own lives after their benefits lifeline had been withdrawn from them.
The disgraceful decision to award Atos sponsorship of the Paralympic Games was mocked in the Atos Games medals ceremony where an Atos doctor cut off medals just awarded to Paralympians and took away their freedom pass and mobility allowance.
One of those taking part was Paralympian gold medallist and record-breaker, Tara Flood
Disabled People Against Cuts’ Andy rounded off the protest by promising more this week -
“Atos – We’re coming for you!” he declared.
Day 2 will see protests at Atos offices in dozens of towns and cities across the UK.