More than 700 activists demonstrated outside Atos HQ calling for the Work Capability Assessments to be scrapped.
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”.