Bhopal survivors call for accountability for American corporation on first day of Obama’s visit to India

6 November, 2010. BHOPAL — About 100 survivors of Bhopal gas disaster and those affected by ground water contamination caused by Union Carbide’s hazardous waste staged a demonstration outside the Union Carbide Factory in Bhopal demanding that President OBama meet with them in Delhi to ensure that Union Carbide & Dow Chemical obey Indian laws and abide by decisions of Indian Courts. A large delegation of Bhopal survivors and water affected people will travel to New Delhi tomorrow to stage a demonstration against Obama’s business only visit.

Survivors shouted slogans stating “No Justice; No business for US Corporations” (Bhopal Mein Insaaf Nahi to Ameerki Vyapar nahi) and held posters like IS BHO A PAL OF BHOPAL. BHO symbolizes Barrack Hussein Obama. They also held posters calling to an end of Double Standards, referring to Obama’s decisive action against BP-Amoco for its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico even while remaining silent on Dow-Carbide’s Bhopal legacy.

This demonstration was yet another reminder to President Obama that he needs to address the demand of Bhopal gas survivors when he is in Delhi on 8 November as survivors will also be present in Delhi for a day long dharna.

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karamchari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangarsh Morcha
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Children Against Dow-Carbide
Bhopal Group for Information & Action

Supporting documents

Press statement, 3 November 2010
Press statement Hindi 3 November 2010
Letter to President Obama from Bhopal survivors
Letter to Obama (Hindi text)

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