DISABLED PROTESTERS BLOCK DWP AND ATOS STAFF LEAVING WORK IN CARDIFF
At 4pm on Friday 7th September 15 disabled protesters wearing high-visibility jackets emblazoned with the Atos logo and slogan “WE KILL DISABLED PEOPLE” blocked the exit road from the DWP and Atos offices in Cardiff.
Staff were prevented from leaving the site in their cars for 20 minutes, after which the protesters allowed them through if they took a leaflet explaining how 32 disabled people a week die after Atos finds them fit to work and the DWP stops their benefits.
On the front of the protesters’ jackets was printed “Killing disabled people for the DWP. But at £100 million of taxpayers’ dosh a year, we don’t give Atos.”
Several motorists leaving the site were very supportive of the protest and congratulated the protesters. Twice as many staff expressed support for the protest and agreement with the leaflet than those who expressed hostility.
Three DWP/Atos employees were very aggressive and drove at the protesters at speed. One drove over a protester’s foot and clipped his arm very hard with a wing mirror. The legal observers present took down the vehicles’ registration details and will be requesting the footage from the CCTV camera overlooking the incident.
The police arrived in a huge van but left after seeing the protest was peaceful. The protest continued until 5.30pm and was a great success.
WATCH THE FOOTAGE: HERE