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No More Bhopals! 35,000 Killed Over 25 Years

Posted by Ka Frank on November 29, 2009

25 years ago, on the night of 2-3 December 1984, a terrible gas leak from the American multinational Union Carbide’s pesticide factory resulted, over the years, in the death of over 35,000 people and the chronic illness of over 3 lakh [300,000] people, of whom over 1 lakh were permanently maimed.

The victims continue to fight for proper compensation, rehabilitation, livelihoods, decontamination of soil and water and criminal action against those responsible. We are reprinting an article from March 2008 describing the efforts of survivors to receive justice, and the announcement of a 25th anniversary program in Bhopal sponsored by the Jan Sangarsh Morcha (Madhya Pradesh).

Survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy March to Demand Justice

Shuriah Niazi, Toward Freedom

On February 20th, more than a hundred survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy and their supporters began an 800 kilometers walk from Bhopal to New Delhi to remind the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the promises he did not keep. Organizations such as Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha and Bhopal Group for Information and Action are leading this “Padyatra.”They are demanding that the Prime Minister begin an empowered commission on Bhopal for medical care and rehabilitation of the Bhopal victims and their children.

Almost twenty three years after the Union Carbide gas disaster, Bhopal continues to gasp for breath. So far, authorities have failed to provide a clean and healthy environment for the thousands of citizens who inhaled the poisonous gas on December 2-3 in 1984, suffering irreversible lung damage. These survivors, mostly concentrated in Atal Ayub Nagar, JP Nagar and Arif Nagar, still use water polluted by the toxins left behind by the US multinational. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPP on the Arroyo Regime and the Maguindanao Massacre of 57

Posted by Ka Frank on November 29, 2009

Philippine Revolution, November 25, 2009

Reactionary politicos’ military, paramilitary, police and private armies grew rapidly under Arroyo regime–CPP

The Communist Party of the Philippines said that even as reactionary politicos’ private use of military, paramilitary, police as well as their own hired goons has historically been part and parcel of traditional reactionary politics, these armies have grown by leaps and bounds under the Arroyo regime.

The CPP said that this culture of wanton violence was blatantly displayed last Monday in the Maguindanao massacre that brutally wiped out at least 47 lives, and is bound to escalate as the election fever heats up in the next several months.

“The feudal-fascist politicos’ private armies of government military, paramilitary, police and other hired goons was especially promoted by the Arroyo regime as it relied largely on these type of warlords to cheat in the elections,” said the CPP. Read the rest of this entry »

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