Chennai: Stepping up pressure to drop Dow
Chemicals as sponsor of the London Olympics, campaigners on Monday
held protests in Chennai besides Bhopal and London carrying
banners stating "200 days to drop Dow".
They challenged Sebastian Coe, Chair of London Organising
Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, that if they were confident
Dow Chemical was responsibly fulfilling its duty for clean-up
and decontamination of the Bhopal site, then they should
travel to Bhopal and drink the water there.
"Campaigners claim that Dow Chemical is not a suitable
sponsor as they have a history of corporate negligence in
Bhopal, where they are responsible for clean-up of the site on
which the industrial disaster took place," a release from
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal said.
The survivors of the Bhopal Disaster and the children
have been pitched in a battle against London Olympics
Organising Committee over the last six months after the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to partner with
Union Carbide`s parent company The Dow Chemical Company for
the London Olympics 2012, the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games, the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Olympics.
In 1984, a gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal
resulted in the death of around 3000 persons and permanent
disability of many.