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Could Paralympic athlete's join in the proposed ATOS protests / 10 August 2012

Disabled people protest about ATOS and the Paralympics

Disabled people race to protest about ATOS

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I found this article in the Guardian archives which may have some relevance to the forthcoming Paralympics and the proposed ATOS protests.

Back in 2008 the British Olympic Association (BOA) said it would review its athletes' contract for the Beijing Games after criticism of a clause which had prevented competitors from making political statements in China.

The clause, which appeared to go beyond the requirements of the Olympic charter, will be softened although athletes who engage in overt political demonstrations or statements could still risk being sent home.

Simon Clegg, the BOA's chief executive, said: "I accept that the interpretation of one part of the draft BOA team members' agreement appears to have gone beyond the provision of the Olympic charter; this is not our intention, nor is it our desire to restrict athletes' freedom of speech ..."

"This clause is intended to stop overt statements such as wearing a Free Tibet shirt," said a BOA spokesman.

The games have long provided a political stage, from the Nazis' appropriation of the 1936 games to Tommie Smith's Human Right's salute in Mexico in 1968.

The then shadow culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said Britain's athletes should be allowed to "say what they want". The Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, said: "[It is] our moral responsibility to push for human rights wherever they are being abused."

I understand that this clause still stands, which means that any disabled athlete joining in the ATOS protests may face censure.

But think of the publicity that this would generate for the cause of Human Rights for disabled people in this country. Worth a slap on the wrist I would have thought.

So, are their any Paralympians out there willing to make such a statement on behalf of their disabled brothers and sisters ... ?

No?

I didn't think so!

You can read the full Guardian article by clicking here

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Comments

Crippen

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4 September 2012

Hmmm ... perhaps people aren't answering 'cause they're on their way to the demos?!

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24 August 2012

...5 days left for suggestions! Seems to have suddenly gone silent on this comment stream - creative bunch that you are, thought you would have given me some ideas by now!...

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18 August 2012

and if a paralympian were going to make a protest...

1. would they tell you about it beforehand?

2. would you be watching to see it?

and just out of interest, what would it look like?

Jo Bailey

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13 August 2012

I must say that I much prefer your work in this blog Crippen ... much more focussed than in the Ocrypes thingy and speaks to me more as a disabled person.

Nigel

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13 August 2012

This subject throws up the whole hypocrisy of the DWP and Atos approach to disability.. The Paralympians, great as they are, must be (by definition) pretty HEALTHY and FIT, as like the main games, strict drug testing criteria applies to the Paralympics too.

Therefore you simply CANNOT compare healthy (young?) disabled people who are capable of great feats of endurance with other disabled people who are sick, frail, have mental health issues, chronic fatigue etc etc and who are reliant on medication. I applaud the Paralympics but it does give the general public a pretty skewed impression of what disabled and SICK people are actually capable of..

This is no-doubt part of the misinformation the Government relies on to gain popular support for its welfare changes... And yes no Para-athlete will speak out because of funding issues.

They will perhaps have a shock after the games though when DLA is replaced by PIP and they all lose their benefits (very likely to happen given their level of fitness).. There again, perhaps they will enjoy an 'exemption' similar to what our injured military personel are being given by the Government to keep them on board?

John Riley

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13 August 2012

Love the concept. Really brings the energy of the proposed protests racing to the front. ATOS be afraid, be very afraid!

Crippen

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12 August 2012

For more about the proposed protests and to read Paddy's quote in full go to the Guardian web site - http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/31/disabled-cuts-paralympic-games-atos?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

Paddy Murphy (DPAC)

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12 August 2012

"We're not against the Paralympics or the athletes, but it is completely inappropriate that Atos are sponsoring the Games. Implementing the government's welfare reform agenda, Atos have devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of disabled people and made millions of pounds of profit doing it. Now they are trying to portray themselves as supporters of disabled athletes. It's offensive."

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

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12 August 2012

We are co-ordinating a series of protests at various ATOS premises around the country leading up to a mass event (a daring and disruptive action) on the 31 August. For further information log onto the DPAC web site - http://www.dpac.uk.net/

Nabil Shaban (via FaceBook)

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11 August 2012

Cowardice and self-interest...and "sod other disabled people (especially those wimps who need benefits) because we are SuperHeroes"

Crippen

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11 August 2012

I have it direct from several horse's mouths (disabled athletes taking part in the 2012 Paralympics) that they have had to sign 'no political action/protests' contracts during the duration of the games.

Leon Woods (via face Book)

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11 August 2012

Dead people cant complain.

Clive Arnold (via Face Book)

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11 August 2012

Part of a response to a letter I sent to Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, regarding Atos Sponsorship of IPC and London 2012.

"... We are aware of Atos Healthcare’s role in undertaking Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions and are understanding to those who feel disadvantaged following their Assessment or unhappy at the service Atos Healthcare provides.

"However, the IPC has no involvement with Atos Healthcare who carries out these assessments. We believe people who do have an issue with Atos Healthcare, like yourself, should contact the Department of Work and Pensions, who employs them.

"The IPC is happy with the support we receive from Atos as they are helping us reach more people around the world regarding the Paralympic Movement, thus helping to change perceptions of people with a disability and making for a more inclusive society.

"Regarding (the) accusation that athletes have been gagged from talking about Atos Healthcare during London 2012, I can assure you that this is simply not true."

Leon Woods (via FaceBook)

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11 August 2012

Something should be done, the cheek of it! Someone is surely having a laugh. That company is guilty of so much cruelty and death, albeit on behalf of our own government.

Claire \'bear\' Smith (via FaceBook)

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11 August 2012

Ironically Nathanael...They are sponsors of the Paralympics!

Nathanael Adams (via face Book)

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11 August 2012

What do ATOS have to do with the games? I thought I saw their branding on a volunteers identity neck band, when volunteers were shown on tv. After seeing it, I remember thinking 'it's going to be a clash of interests come the Paralympics!!'

Rory Beaton (via FaceBook)

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11 August 2012

I'm expecting nothing more of the paralympics than to be repeatedly told, in as patronising a tone as C4 can muster, of the massive sacrifice made by the few wounded Brit squaddies competing.

Richard Butchins (via FaceBook)

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11 August 2012

Nope

Rory Beaton (via FaceBook)

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11 August 2012

Not holding my breath

Crippen

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11 August 2012

How about I draw them as equally in the lead Merry? ;-p

Merry Cross

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11 August 2012

But you'd better do another one soon, with DPAC in the lead or there could be serious repercussions...NOT!

Great cartoon ... ah if even one of us could get on that track!

Arty Farty

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11 August 2012

Still hoping for some positive support from our disabled fraternity eh Mr C. Hope you're not holding your breath ... I'm not!