SWAN have received a letter from Notts Defence who are organising to defend to protestors who were arrested over protesting against Atos’ flawed work capability assessments. We urge members in the midlands (and outside) to support.
You may already be aware of the case against the ‘Atos Two’ (for links to Indymedia coverage please see below).
Following a protest at Atos “Healthcare” in Nottingham on September 30th a retired paediatric nurse and a wheelchair user were arrested and charged with aggravated trespass.
Since the arrest there have been amazing acts of solidarity by many people who e.g. send messages, signed a statement of support, spread the word, came to a solidarity demo outside the court etc.
Massive thanks to everyone!
After pleading not guilty on November 25th, the trial has been set for February 27th and 28th 2012 at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
There will be a solidarity demonstration outside Nottingham Magistrates Court on Monday February 27th from 9am.
There will be a demonstration in Nottingham against Atos, the attacks on the welfare system and the criminalisation of protests on Friday February 3rd 12.30pm.
Meet at the crossroads Carlton Street; Broad Street; Stoney Street (near Ice Nine). The demo route will be fully accessible though slightly hilly (this is Nottingham after all). The route will be less than one kilometre.
We are also planning a meeting/workshops to be held in Nottingham on the weekend before the trial (Saturday February 25th) to discuss political policing as well as attacks on benefit claimants. Further details to be announced asap.
We are looking for persons who would like to participate in planning this event. If you are interested in planning/attending/participating please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking into possibilities for expert witnesses (e.g. campaigners, health workers) giving evidence at the trial itself. If you know persons who might be willing to give evidence regarding Atos in court, please contact email@example.com If someone would be up for this please get in touch soon as the solicitor needs to know asap (essentially before X-Mas).
Further information/updates to be announced asap. Please circulate this message widely.
Thanks a lot.