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BHOPAL 25 NOVEMBER This morning survivors and supporters entered the derelict Union Carbide factory in Bhopal to contain dangerous waste left lying in the open by the company. Bhopal police arrived and began shoving and beating survivors including women. Seventy people were arrested and later charged with criminal trespass. All have now been released. We have issued an urgent action appeal to protest against the brutality of the police, under the command of Reserve Inspector P.S. Chouhan. For the emerging story, plus what you can do right now, see here. Please make a powerful protest.

 
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BHOPAL 23 NOVEMBER New private Carbide documents obtained via the discovery process in the ongoing New York class action suit brought by survivors' groups against Union Carbide, reveal that the company had found massive toxic contamination of soil and water (with some samples producing instant 100% mortality in fish placed in them) but did not warn nearby communities whose drinking wells were in danger of being polluted and took only cosmetic action to stop the contamination. Story and docs here.
 

   

BHOPAL, 18 NOVEMBER. About two hundred children took over the ICJB action at Dow-Carbide's heavily-contaminated solar-evaporation ponds today. THey were everywhere, and despite their cheerful attempts to disrupt the whole activity, the 30 odd Greenpeacers managed to put up signposts cautioning them about their toxic play-ground. After the warning signs were posted at all access points to the solar ponds, all the children and residents helped to install a billboard in English, Hindi and Urdu calling upon DOW to clean up the soil and and water. Activists from USA, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Thailand, Italy, Belgium, France, Brazil, Norway, and India have begun arriving here in Bhopal for a series of direct actions against DOW in India. Watch www.greenpeace.org and of course this website for constant updates on the campaign build-up here in Bhopal.

   

BHOPAL, LONDON, NEW YORK. Two long-standing Carbide lies – that Bhopal had the same technology as Institute, West Virginia – and that Carbide had no control over its Indian subsidiary – are nailed by the release of sensational secret Carbide documents proving that Anderson & Co anticipated risks but judged them worth taking. Story here, press release here, documents here.
 
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CHENNAI The sight of brandished jhadoos was too much for one Chennai (Madras) policeman who "begged and beseeched" the ladies not to wave such dangerous things around. Veteran campaigner Champa Devi Shukla (she whose jhadoo put Dow's European CEO to flight) was joined by Sheelu and the Tamilnadu Women's Co-operative (wearing black saris) whose members were so active in the recent hunger strikes. Read Nity's amusing and inspiring report here.

 

 

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MILANO & PONDICHERRY The Jhadoos sweep on. Following an action by the crew of the Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza (right) Rashida and Dr Qaiser had a meeting with senior Dow managers in Milano at which the executives expressed their personal shame. Meanwhile in Pondicherry, Champa Devi Shukla (whose jhadoo last month put Dow's European CEO to flight) and Heera Bai have been finding support from South Indian women. Stories here.
 


BHOPAL 1 NOVEMBER We, the women survivors of the Union Carbide disaster of 1984 have issued an ultimatum to Midland, Michigan-based Dow Chemical Company, Carbide’s new owner - "Clean Up Bhopal" or prepare yourself to be dishonourably swept away from India. We gave Dow Chemical a chance to respond to our demands honourably. They have ignored us and insulted our suffering. We appeal to you to join us in the fight for justice in Bhopal, and the in the fight to ensure that there are No More Bhopals. Read more here.
 
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Dr George Smith of Crypt News, a publication famed for its lack of patience with fools, examines the question of why so many US military users have been visiting this website and concludes that the Pentagon has little or no idea of what it would really be like to face a gas attack should they, for instance, be ordered to invade Iraq. Read his article here. Our own investigations continue.


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