[Reader-list] Bangalore in solidarity with Bhopal, Candle light vigil tomorrow 5.30 PM!
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Fri Jun 20 11:00:02 IST 2008
*Join us for the CANDLE-LIGHT VIGIL in Solidarity with the Bhopal Gas
Survivors who are on an indefinite hunger fast since 10th June 2008
On 21st June 2008, 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At the Gandhi Statue, M.G. Road
At noon on June 10th, seven survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster
and current water poisoning, and two of their supporters, began an
indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi, in average temperatures of 40-45 C.
They are joined by Indra Sinha, author of Animal's people which was
nominated for the Booker Prize fasting from France and several others
across the world.
This extreme decision is a last resort, taken after months of rigorous
efforts to persuade Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to address the situation
Since February 20, 2008 – when 50 men, women and children set off on foot to
cover the 500 miles from Bhopal to New Delhi – the Bhopalis have faced
numerous hardships over more than one hundred days. They arrived in Delhi on
28 March and set up home on a small piece of footpath close to parliament.
They've been arrested several times, twice for protesting in front of the
Prime Minister's Residence.
Finally, on June 2nd, the Prime Minister conveyed his "in principle"
agreement to a National Commission on Bhopal. But like past-unfulfilled
promises, neither details nor timelines were provided, no proper health care
or clean water was guaranteed. On the second demand of holding Dow/Carbide
liable, there is silence.
On June 9th, in desperation, 33 women, children and three men lay on the
ground outside the PM's office. After arrest, several of them, including 6
and 11 year old children, were beaten and verbally abused by the Delhi
Come together with us on June 21st, to oppose state brutality and
indifference against the victims of the world's worst industrial disaster.
Be a part of the candle light vigil.
Visit www.bhopal.net for complete coverage.
For Details Contact: Lakshmi Premkumar - 9739359511
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
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