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3rd December 1984

Shortly after midnight on Sunday 3rd December, poison gas began leaking from a factory in Bhopal, India, owned by the Union Carbide Corporation. There was no warning, none of the plant's safety systems wereworking. A thick cloud of gas rolled across the road and entered the narrow alleys on the other side. In the city people were sleeping, some in kuccha houses, which had no proper windows or doors. They woke with eyes, nose and mouths burning. A commonly related story is that people thought someone was burning chillies. They began coughing and retching. Panic set in and entire neighbourhoods ran out of their houses in whatever they were wearing, some wore nothing at all. Within hours thousands lay dead in the streets. For survivors' accounts of "that night", click here, and for a more detailed history of event, please follow the Bhopal link above.

 

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"When politicians and corporations do not live up to their obligations, it is only solidarity among workers, trade unions and people’s groups that can carry us forward." RASHIDA BEE, President, Bhopal Gas Affected Women Stationery Workers Association & Joint Winner with Champa Devi Shukla of the 2004 Goldman Prize for the Environment