Bhopalis Protest US War in Iraq


On Saturday, April 5th, 2003, the women of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh (Gas affected Women Stationery Worker's Union), organized a rally to protest the U.S. war in Iraq. The 100 women and their supporters carried an effigy of George Bush, flanked on either side by oil barrels, floating in a sea of blood drops representing the innocent lives lost in this senseless conflict.

Signs carried slogans like "No Blood for Oil", "Iraq War - Globalization Through Guns", "Iraq - Bhopal: Bombed - Gassed: All for $$$", "Iraq War Sponsored by Corporate Terrorists", "British Council is Butcher Blair's PR Machine", etc. The rally began at Roshanpura Crossing in Bhopal, but when the protestors attempted to march to the offices of the British Council, they were blocked by Bhopal Police.

The survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide Gas Disaster found common cause with the people of Iraq as all victims of aggressive global capitalism that views human lives as expendible, the cost of doing business as usual. They called for a boycott of goods made by US and British multinationals.

At one point it seemed as if the police wanted to help the protestors, when they threw Bush, the obvious criminal in the bunch, into the paddy wagon.

But later, Rashida Bi and Champa Devi had to force their way into the paddy wagon to extradite the effigy to meet its destiny in flames.