Paralympics protest aims to strike ‘major blow’ against Atos

Disabled activists look set to target next month’s Paralympics in London in protest at the involvement of Atos Healthcare, the much-criticised company which carries out “fitness for work” tests on behalf of the government.

The grassroots campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said it would be holding five days of protests against Atos, which is a major sponsor of London 2012.

DPAC plans to deliver a coffin full of messages from disabled people to Atos on 27 August, with protests planned at local Atos offices across the country the following day.

On 29 August, there will be a “spoof Paralympic awards ceremony”, with plans the next day to “flood Atos with calls” and generate a huge reaction on the social media site Twitter.

The five-day protest will end on Friday 31 August with a major protest in London, which DPAC promises will be “an audacious, daring and disruptive action” and will coincide with the second day of Paralympic sporting action.

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