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Olympics London 2012 Protests Against Dow Chemical Sponsorship

Chemical Explosion Killed 25,000 in Bhopal, 1984

Why the  protests against Dow Chemicals, who are sponsoring the 2012 London Olympics?  Because Dow Chemicals are now the owners of Union Carbide.  In buying the company, they have agreed to take on all liabilities, says one lawyer on BBC, including the clean-up of any faulty plants.  So let’s see why people are protesting against Dow Chemicals sponsoring the Olympics in about a week’s time…………..

Even in New Zealand, many people are still being affected by the Ivans Watkins Dow Chemical plant in New Plymouth, where the deadly dioxin for 245T, or Agent Orange, was made.  A high incidence of cancer and other diseases is evident in the locality of the plant, near New Plymouth.  But what happened at Bhopal in 1984 was a major disaster which has destroyed many families.  And things are showing no sign of improving yet……..

On the night of 2-3rd December in Bhopal, India,  a major chemical disaster occured at a pesticide factory owned by American company, Union Carbide India, Inc.  Methyl Isocyanate gas leaked out over the town of Bhopal, killing people as they slept or worked.  The immediate effect of this  Bhopal chemical plant exploding was that  thousands of people  died  of asphyxiation in a short amount of time.  Even more people died after the initial explosion, from cancer, as the chemicals have polluted the atmosphere and the soil in the Bhopal township.  Many people were maimed for life, and the incidence of deformed babies and sick babies has risen dramatically. This is still a very toxic and unhealthy place to live.

It is estimated that 25,000 people were killed as a result of the chemical explosion which happened at the Bhopal factory owned by Union Carbide India, Inc.  But the casualty list continues to grow.  One family interviewed by BBC showed the man, the money-earner at the time of the accident, who had been crippled permanently by the lethal gas, and who now has cancer.

Today, the chemical factory sits unchanged after the explosion, with extremely poisonous chemicals still lying about inside the skeleton of the building.  The chemical company Union Carbide India, Inc, never bothered to clean up the site after the explosion,  let alone clean up the town, even though the damage done could be compared with the Japanese tsunami and the nuclear explosion which followed at Fukushima.  Around 25,000 lost their lives in Japan after the tsunami.  Around 25,000 lost their lives at Bhopal after the chemical explosion at Union Carbide.

The damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima and those of other towns have resulted in devastating poisoning of the landscape around those areas. Like-so in Bhopal, where the environment has been contaminated by very toxic chemicals which, like radioactive poisons, will cause sickness and death for a long time to come. In Bhopal, as in Japan after the nuclear explosions at Fukushima, people are  still dying today of cancer and other terrible diseases, because of the residual chemicals from the explosion which have contaminated the soil and the air.

BUT NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE IN BHOPAL TO CLEAN UP THE PLACE SO THAT IT IS FIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION.

BHOPAL IS NOT FIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION UNLESS THE CHEMICAL COMPANY RESPONSIBLE DOES SOMETHING ABOUT MAKING IT LESS TOXIC.

BHOPAL IS HUGELY CONTAMINATED BECAUSE OF ERROR ON THE PART OF UNION CARBIDE, THE COMPANY MAKING MONEY OUT OF MAKING TOXIC CHEMICALS IN BHOPAL.

So far – no help is forthcoming, except that some victims of the accident have been paid compensation.  But no effort has been made to get rid of the chemical pollutants in the soil.  No effort has been made to dismantle the eye-sore of a building which looks like a war-time bomb site.  No good effort has been made to give these people the health care and toxin-free environments which they all deserve and so direly need.

Union Carbide, as with all the big-named chemical companies, would have made HUGE amounts making their toxic chemicals in Bhopal.  Workers would have received very small wages for their sacrifices in working in such a toxic environment.  Their health most likely would have suffered anyway, from working with such dangerous chemicals.

Dow Chemicals, as I see it, should restore the environment to its pre-explosion status.  It is morally very wrong of Union Carbide to take advantage of the people of Bhopal – use them for cheap wages so they can make huge profits – spoil their environment and their landscapes because of error and lack of safety measures –  and then to abandon them after their lives and their livlihoods are destroyed.

Union Carbide has exploited and abused the people of Bhopal.

No wonder there is a strong movement against Dow Chemicals who have sponsored the London Olympics.  It is possible that Indian athletes may boycott the games due to start next week, unless Dow Chemicals makes some proviso to decontaminate the site of the chemical factory in Bhopal, and give proper care to all those who have been, or are being, affected by the poisoning of Bhopal.

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