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Bhopal,India – Furious Protesters Say ‘We Have Not Forgotten’

Posted by hetty7 on December 14, 2011

Protesters in Bhopal

This article appeared at online.wsj.com

Bhopal Protesters Block Trains in India

Bhopal, India – December 3, 2011 (Associated Press) – Thousands of survivors of the world’s worst industrial accident blocked trains through a central Indian city on Saturday to demand more compensation for the 1984 disaster.

The protest came on the 27th anniversary of the disaster in Bhopal, where a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked gas that killed some 15,000 people and maimed tens of thousands of others.

Activist Rachna Dhingra said that police charged the protesters with sticks to try and stop them from occupying Bhopal’s five train lines, and that three people were hospitalized with injuries.

The protesters vowed to block the trains indefinitely. They have demanded that Dow Chemicals, which bought Union Carbide in 2001, pay $8.1 billion in compensation for more than 500,000 people exposed to the leak.

They say India’s government accepted far too little in a 1985 settlement for $470 million, after initially asking for $3.3 billion.

Meanwhile, Dow has maintained that the issue was resolved by the settlement.

Bhopal activists and survivors are also calling for the Dow Chemicals to be dropped as a sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics, with some 200 protesters burning effigies of two Olympic officials on Friday.


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