Bhopal survivors will lead representatives of more than 2 million chemical industry victims to protest the IndiaChem 2006 trade fair

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

Press Conference, November 2, 2006
Addressing a Press Conference today, representatives of four organisations active on the lingering issues of the December 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal declared that they would go to Mumbai on November 6 to protest against the Indian government’s red-carpet welcome to multinational chemical corporations.
Victims of toxic gas exposure and contaminated ground water in Bhopal will be leading representatives of over 2 million victims of chemical corporations in the country in opposing the largest Indian chemical industry trade fair – Indiachem 2006, to be held in Mumbai from November 8, 2006.
The 350 Indian and multinational corporations participating in the trade fair include Chisso Corporation responsible for the Minamata mercury pollution disaster in Japan and Mitsubishi Corporations that caused large scale radioactive pollution and forest felling in Malaysia. In addition to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, 7 secretaries of the Central government will be taking part in the conference being organized as part of Indiachem 2006.
Representatives of more than 2 million victims of ongoing industrial disasters from Mettur and Cuddalore in Tamilnadu, Vapi and Ankleshwar in Gujarat, Warangal and Patancheru in Andhra Pradesh and Eloor in Kerala will be joining Bhopal victims for the demonstrations against the trade fair in Mumbai.
Despite the irreparable damage to human health and environment caused by chemical corporations in India the Indian government and the Indian Prime Minister are extending a red carpet welcome to multinational chemical corporations offering economic incentives and relaxation of rules related to environmental pollution and legal liabilities in case of industrial disasters.
The government is set upon creating Special Economic Zones in 9 states where multinational corporations are promised unfettered profit making. While Warren Anderson and other officials of Union carbide responsible for the massacre in Bhopal continue to abscond from justice the Indian government is making secret deals with foreign multinationals by which these corporations would be absolved of liabilities in case of a disaster.
Rashida Bee, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
94256 88215
Syed M Irfan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
93290 26319
Shahid Noor
Bhopal ki Aawaaz
98261 82226
Satinath Sarangi
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
98261 67369
Contact :
House No. 12, Gali No. 2, Near Naseer Masjid, Bag Umrao Dulha, Bhopal 462 010
For latest information on Bhopal disaster please visit www.bhopal.net

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