Lokayat organises candlelight march on 25th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy

LOKAYAT organises:
Candlelight march and Film Festival on 25th Anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Dear friend,

25 years ago, on the night of December 2-3, the world’s biggest industrial disaster took place in Bhopal. Toxic gases leaked from US corporation Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in the city.Over 8000 died within 72 hours of the leak, another 12,000 have died in the 25 years since then. Over one lakh continue to suffer from debilitating gas-related illnesses. As if this was not enough, Carbide, after the tragedy, dumped 5000 tons of toxic waste at the plant site and disappeared. These deadly chemicals continue to contaminate the groundwater and soil; Dow Chemicals, which has taken over Union Carbide, refuses to clean it up. And so children continue to be born with crippling birth defects.

Since then, the Bhopalis have continued to struggle for justice, medical and economic rehabilitation for the victims, adequate compensation, clean drinking water, and action against the officials of the company due to whose criminal negligence the disaster occurred.

Meanwhile, despite these horrendous consequences, no lessons are being drawn, conditions for the occurrence of a 1000 more Bhopals all over the country…

In memory of the thousands who have died and continue to die in Bhopal, and to create awareness of the 1000 more Bhopals being created all over the country, Lokayat is organising the following programs:

Program One:     Candlelight March
Date: December 2, 2009, Wednesday
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Venue: From Tilak Putla, Mandai to Shaniwarwada, Pune
to be followed by a cultural program at Shaniwarwada

Program Two:
Film Festival: From Hiroshima to Bhopal, The Toxic Trail

Date: December 3, 2009, Thursday
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Venue: PCMC Karmachari Mahasangha Office, PCMC building, Pimpri
NOTE: Film festival is being organised in association withe PCMC Employees Union and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Patrakar Sangha.

Films being screened:

1. SECRETS AND LIES: (in Hindi)  Director Stavros Stagos, 56 mins
On what happened in Bhopal 25 years ago, and efforts by the government and Dow Chemicals to cover up the tragedy

2. JADUGODA KA JAHAR: newsreport   15 mins
On impact of uranium mining in Jadugoda on mine workers and nearby residents

3. BITTER DRINK: Director C. Sarat, 26 mins
On the destruction of environment by Coca Cola’s bottling plant in Plachimada and the consequent struggle of the local people against it, forcing the plant to close down.

Entry free. The screenings will be followed by a discussion.

Do join us for these programs.

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