Magazine article New Internationalist

Dow Cowed

Magazine article New Internationalist

Dow Cowed

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Protesters have had a dramatic victory at the site of Dow Chemical's proposed new chemical plant at Pune, 150 kilometres southeast of Mumbai in India. Since 16 January, reports SchNEWS, villagers and other supporters have occupied a road - having dug it up with bullocks - to blockade and stop construction work on a new Dow Chemical research laboratory.

Dow owns Union Carbide, the chemical company responsible for a gas leak in Bhopal, India, in 1984, which killed 20,000 people. Nearly a quarter of a century later, 120,000 remain critically ill. The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal continues its fight to get Dow to accept full liability and provide compensation and healthcare provision for the survivors and victims' families.

Armed police were sent in to break up the blockade after a massive protest rally on 28 February. …

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