Bhopal survivors demonstrate against Tata’s attempt to help Dow evade its liabilities: renew call for boycott of Tata salt and tea

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
Bhopal Ki Aawaaz

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PRESS STATEMENT – JANUARY 10, 2007
More than 200 survivors of the December 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today demonstrated before the local corporate office of Tata Indicom against Chairman Tata Group, Ratan Tata’s offer to clear the path for Dow-Union Carbide’s investments in India.
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The demonstrators under the leadership of four survivors organisations : Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action and Bhopal ki Aawaaz, accused Ratan Tata of causing damage to the people and environment of India by facilitating the expansion of American multinational Dow Chemical in this country.
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The leaders emphasised that as 100 % owner of Union Carbide, Dow Chemical USA is liable for the environmental and health damages in Bhopal. They said that according to the “polluter pays principle” which is valid both in USA and India Dow/Union Carbide must pay for the clean up in Bhopal. They charged Ratan Tata with helping Dow Chemical escape the liabilities of the ongoing disaster in Bhopal.
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The leaders of the organisations said that Ratan Tata should first clean up the environmental damage caused by Tata group of companies in Sukhinda, Orissa, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, Mithapur, Gujarat, Jamshedpur, and West Bokaro in Jharkhand and other places in the country before attempting to clean up Bhopal.
The demonstrators distributed pamphlets condemning the collusion between the Tata Group and Dow Chemical and urging the gas affected people to boycott Tata’s salt and tea.
Rashida Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
93031 32959
Syed M Irfan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
93290 26319
Shahid Noor
Bhopal ki Aawaaz
98261 82226
Rachna Dhingra, Satinath Sarangi,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
98261 67369
Contact : House No. 60, Near Cold Storage, Union Carbide Road, Chhola, Bhopal
Please continue to visit www.bhopal.net for more information on the campaign for justice in Bhopal

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