Socialist Worker

Scottish protesters blockade Atos

by Sasha Callaghan
Issue No. 2251

The third national week of action against Atos got off to a flying start in Edinburgh on Monday.

Around 25 supporters of the Black Triangle Campaign in Defence of Disabled People’s Rights and their allies blockaded the company’s offices in the city centre.

Say the word “Atos” to a disabled person and their reaction will be fear and hatred.

Ten thousand disabled people every week are subjected to fear and humiliation by this corporation as it decides on their eligibility for benefits.

The action began with protesters handing out leaflets to members of the public, who were very supportive.

The anger quickly grew when a number of disabled people left the building visibly distressed and even in tears after undergoing Work Capability Assessments at the hands of the firm’s “healthcare professionals”.

This only strengthened our determination to bring this company to its knees.

While a group of protesters occupied the foyer others surrounded the rear of the building and bombarded Atos with loud chanting.

In response, Atos employees closed the window blinds—but nothing could drown out the voices of the disabled people demanding justice in the courtyard outside.

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