Following an inspirational Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games public criticism of the sponsorship from disability means testing firm Atos has increased.
This week has seen a number of protests against the involvement of the controversial company and their government contract to test whether disability benefit claimants are "fit to work". The company has been accused of severe malpractice, suicide following benefit claim rejections, and even deaths following peoples' inclusion in work schemes.
Disabled people, trade unions and supporters have been protesting outside Atos departments, and in city centres across the country as part of what they called 'The Atos Games'. Last night, ahead of the ceremony hundreds gathered to perform a 'die-in' in Cardiff city centre to raise awareness of the sponsor and their involvement in means testing.
During Team GB's appearance at the Opening Ceremony they seemed to have kept their lanyards inside their uniforms in order to conceal the Atos logo. The low-key protest was praised by activists, disabled people and supporters alike, with distate for the firm and urges for further action expressed on social media: