Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Candle-light vigil tomorrow in Bangalore for Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Remember Bhopal:

25 years of suffering, 25 years of courage!

In solidarity with Bhopal’s campaign for justice, join the citizens of Bangalore for

Candle Light Vigil,

A poetic tribute to the struggle, Photo-exhibition, Demands for Justice

On December 2nd, 2009

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

At Gandhi Statue, M.G. Road, Bangalore

About Bhopal: A few minutes past midnight on Dec 3, 1984, the world’s worst industrial disaster started to unfold. 27 tons of highly toxic gas (MIC) leaked out of a storage tank from Union Carbide’s pesticide factory in Bhopal leaving thousands of people dead and several thousand more maimed for life and generations to come.

For the survivors, it has been a battle for justice against huge Corporations who are escaping the liabilities through devious means and against Governments who are clearly out to protect the Corporations. An out of court settlement for a paltry compensation, severe ground water contamination, hiding of critical information needed to treat victims properly, bribery, stoppage of a scientific investigation, etc are just some of the series of misdeeds of the companies, Governments and their officials that have been unearthed during the 25 year old struggle.

As the fight for justice continues, supporters around the world remember Bhopal, its victims and its heroes on the anniversary of the tragedy – drawing strength from its struggle, renewing the inspiration to continue fighting for justice – for Bhopal and for many other Bhopals.

In solidarity with the campaign, citizens in Bangalore are gathering for a Candle-Light vigil and protest to pay a tribute to the victims and the heroes of the struggle, and also to highlight that the demands of the campaign be expeditiously met. It is also a reminder to Dow Chemical, Union Carbide, Govt. of India and all agencies and officials involved in denying & delaying justice, that as long as the suffering continues, the fight continues.

About ICJB: The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) is a coalition of people's organizations, non-profit groups, and individuals who have joined forces to campaign for justice for the survivors of the Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal. ICJB is led by three survivor organizations and includes thousands of supporters worldwide.

More info: www.bhopal.net, www.studentsforbhopal.org, www.thetruthaboutdow.org

Contact: Rohit (9731866211 / rohitism@gmail.com)