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Page - December 10, 2004
It was a chilly evening at the Gandhi statue on MG Road in Bangalore where about 200 Bangaloreans gathered together for in a candle light vigil as part of the Global Day for Action. Nine renowned artists, A.M. Prakash, Bhaskar Rao, S.G. Vasudev, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Milind Nayak, Rekha Rao, M.B. Patil, Ramesh & Balan Nambiar painted on a huge canvas erected at the venue, using the medium of art to express their solidarity with the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Bangaloreans join in solidarity with Bhopal on the 20th anniversary, painting a 10 meter canvas and hosting a candle light vigil

Folk singers and local groups, some of whom had travelled from as far as Kolar and Doddaballapur to take part in the event, sang songs of solidarity. Several NGO's, school and college students, academicians, lawyers, film makers, women's groups and other eminent citizens also spent part of their evening at the venue, relighting candles which were getting put out by the breeze, painting on canvasses, or standing quietly beside the whizzing traffic holding their candles. Everyone could be seen wearing yellow headbands that read "No More Bhopals".

NGO's attending the event included Women's voice, SICHREM, Action Aid, CHC, Vimochana, Samvada, Dalit Action Federation,NESA, CED, ISI, Vistar, CIEDS, PUCL, HIVOS. NCL, Books for Change, Fireflies, Aashirwad, YMCA, FEDINA, Environmental Support Group, Partners in Justice Concern, HHS, ALF and AIKYA.

3 Hour Sit in Dharna in Bangalore Demanding Justice for Bhopal

Bangalore, 3 December 2004

Several concerned citizens and members of various civil society groups gathered near the Gandhi statue on MG Road for a 3-hour sit in dharna, in support of the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Participants sang songs of protest and inspiration. There were short impassioned speeches on the spirit of the survivors of Bhopal and the justice that has been long denied to them in Kannada and Tamil. The gathering raised slogans for justice in Bhopal, and urged the Government of India to take immediate measures to ensure clean up of Bhopal to international standards and rehabilitation of the survivors.

National Centre for Labour, Women's Voice, Amnesty, Global Network, Students for Environment, KKNSS, SICHREM, Centre for Workers Management, Karnataka State Construction workers Union, Karnataka Charma Karimkara Sanghatana and Greenpeace India participated in this event under the banner of International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

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