A man stripped of benefits after falling victim to the notorious Work Capability Assessment has announced he will end his hunger strike outside the Cardiff offices of Atos Healthcare however a week long vigil will continue.
UPDATE: 7/11/12 – Latest from Christos: I am still on hunger strike. Whether it is right or not for me to stage this type of protest is not the right question to be asking at this moment in time. The right question to ask is why am I on hunger strike. See the comments below and more at: http://christosuk77.tumblr.com/post/35179300237/french-it-company-faces-hunger-strike
Christos Palmer is targeting the company due to their involvement in assessments which are used to declare even those with serious and terminal conditions ‘fit for work’. Christos, who has both mental and physical health problems, including depression, self-harm and mobility issues, has been fasting since the beginning of the weekend. To the great relief of friends and supporters, who feared for his health, he has today announced that he will shortly end the hunger strike.
A spokesperson for Disabled People Against Cuts in Cardiff has said:
”While we support the protest aims we are extremely concerned about Christos’s physical and mental wellbeing. He often suffers from extreme fatigue and is housebound on some days. That somebody so unwell has been driven to this shows the desperation that the sick and disabled are being driven to by this government. We are urging him to end his hunger strike”
Whilst Christos’ tactics have created some controversy he appears in good spirits and satisfied that he has made his point. Having been pushed into such drastic action by the policies of this Government and their corporate lackies Atos, he deserves support – as does the Cardiff vigil which will take place everyday this week until 5pm on November 9th.
All are welcome to join the vigil, even if only for a short while, which is taking place at St Agnes Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff from around 9am until 4pm daily. For more information and to send a message of support visit the facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/430345053681756/