Bhopal gas disaster protest in New Delhi

Photo shows a close-up of a protest by thousands of people.  In the photo, more than a hundred Indian women, and some men, are staging a sit-down protest outside in the road.  Many are wearing headbands with a slogan on it and have their fists in the air. One is holding a poster.  Behind them is a row of armed police.

Bhopali protesters, mainly women, stage a sit-in in New Delhi today 3 December 2022. Shared from Social News XYZ

Today 3 December 2022, which is UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, marks 38 years since the terrible gas tragedy in Bhopal (India) at the pesticide factory run by Union Carbide. We are with the Bhopali protesters who are in New Delhi to demand full compensation. Compensation must be based on true figures of how many people have died, and how many were injured by breathing the gas. Their demand for accurate figures of the deaths caused, is for a court petition for proper compensation which is coming up in the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 10 January 2023.

Also today, the community is protesting at the abandoned factory site in Bhopal. The site has never been cleaned up and poisonous chemicals are washed into the water and soil every time it rains. The water and soil were already being poisoned before the explosion happened, due to the dumping of waste. This pollution of the water and soil has harmed the health of people and animals, causing illness for women and disability for children.

They demand full compensation, employment so they can get an income, proper pay in those jobs not to be discriminated against as disabled workers, clean water and a clean-up of the site, medical treatment, and prosecution of those responsible for the disaster and its consequences.

We especially send our warm greetings to Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, the Bhopal Gas Survivors Women Stationery Workers’ Union.

Video by Reuters news here.

Press conference by the community organisations here.

Background

On December 3rd, 1984, in the middle of the night, many thousands of people were gassed to death because of a catastrophic chemical leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India.

More than 150,000 people were left severely disabled, and 22,000 people have since died of their injuries.  For these reasons the Bhopal gas disaster is widely acknowledged as the WORLD’S WORST-EVER INDUSTRIAL DISASTER.

International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

The US multinational corporation Union Carbide was taken over by Dow Chemical in 2001. Dow Chemical manufactured nuclear weapons for the US military. They made the notorious chemical bombs napalm and Agent Orange used against Vietnamese people and to destroy the land, food growing and animals.

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