Hyderabad expresses solidarity with Bhopal survivors

Feature story - December 2, 2004
HYDERABAD, India — Hundreds of Greenpeace supporters and friends of Bhopal participated in a candle light vigil as part of the Global Day of Action to express their solidarity with the Bhopal gas disaster survivors. It was 20 years ago when Bhopal suffered the world's worst industrial disaster leaving thousands dead and disabled for life. Bearing candles and photos of people stricken by the poisonous gas leak, the activists are calling on DOW Chemical to take full responsibility for Bhopal.

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"Thousands around the world are remembering Bhopal and what it stands for today - the danger of the chemical age, double standards and lack of accountability of multi-national corporations," said Bidhan Chandra, Greenpeace campaigner in Hyderabad. He further said, "Even as we gather here, there are 1000 Bhopal waiting to happen like in Patencheru, where toxic chemicals are being produced, without any safety measures, and are contaminating the environment.

Organizations and individuals in 19 countries and seven Indian cities including Bhopal are organizing candle light vigils, forming human chains, staging dharnas to commemorate the anniversary of Bhopal

Addressing the media, Bidhan added, "In an increasingly globalized world, there is a need for corporations like DOW to use consistent standards around the world and take responsibility for their operations. If this disaster had happened in Europe or the US, the site would have been cleaned and the people fully compensated."

Greenpeace and International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) are demanding that DOW, the multinational chemical leader, pays for the health treatment of the survi-vors, cleans up the large stockpiles of dangerous poisons left behind at the factory site since the disaster and cleans up the contaminated underground water.

For more information please contact:

Bidhan Chandra, Greenpeace India campaigner in Hyderabad +91 98455 35405

Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace India campaigner in Bhopal, + 91 98455 35418

Anshuman Atraney, Media Officer, Greenpeace India +91 98455 35403