Disabled people against cuts and UK Uncut protest Friday 31 August London

Protestors clash with police at the department for work and pensions.

Have a lot of video to upload from today – here’s the start.

This protest was called by UK Uncut and Disabled People Against Cuts as the closing ceremony to the Atos Games week – five days of events and demonstrations against Atos’ involvement in the fiasco that is¬†work capability assessments for people on employment and support allowance.

These first videos were taken inside the protest outside the Department for Work and Pensions in the afternoon. It’s shaky, because I was pushed over a few times, but it rights itself here and there. There were fiery scenes, all right, and the police were pretty free with their hands:

More pushing from the police:

The protest began in Triton Square at Atos headquarters, then moved across town to the DWP’s Wesminster offices after a ¬†couple of hours. That’s where things began to kick off. There were hundreds of people present and things got pretty unpleasant. The lack of mainstream reporting of this protest seems extraordinary – as someone who was in the middle of it all day, I can tell you that it was well-attended and pretty full-on.

Outside the DWP, DPAC’s Adam Lotun tells protestors that people have entered the building with a list of demands for Maria Miller. He also announces his candidacy for the upcoming Corby byelection. That should be interesting – particularly for Labour:

This video is from earlier in the day outside Atos’ headquarters where people started yelling at police, security and a guy in a red tie who refused to answer questions about the company’s WCA record:

More videos to come through the evening.

4 thoughts on “Disabled people against cuts and UK Uncut protest Friday 31 August London

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  2. dont look very disabled to me, the real disabled deserve benefits,
    take it off alcoholics and drug abusers cure them and make them do volountry work to give them reason to live no wonder so many are addicts they have no hope of a life

  3. that’s an odd comment, Jenny. Just because someone doesn’t ‘look’ disabled doesn’t mean they are not, or that they can work. People can suffer from depression or mental health problems, or from disabilities that aren’t physically obvious but are still there (cerebral palsy is a good example- a friend has it and you can only see it when he walks, not in still photos like the ones above). It isn’t your job to judge how disabled people are.

    But I DO agree with your second point!

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