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Join the Bhopalis and Unite for Justice!

Delhi raises its voice in Solidarity with the Bhopalis

June 14 , 4-7pm, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Day-long solidarity fast by JNU Students’ Union lead by JNUSU President, Mr. Sandeep.

Artists and bands to perform in Support of Bhopalis
They include: Rabbi Shergill, Susmit Bose, Abhay Sharma, Jigri group and others. If you sing/play music, come and join.

Nine Members Enter Their 3rd Day Of Indefinite Hunger Strike. Acclaimed writer Indra Sinha and Many Join Them Worldwide

112 Days on Road, 77 Days At The Dharna-sthal! PM Turns A Blind Eye To Justice. Police turn violent on protestors.

23 long years on the path to justice!

Despite 77 days of struggle, the Prime Minister is yet to meet the people of Bhopal and their demands . They have tried all possible means from silent peaceful protests to street theatre to demonstrations and even ‘chaining themselves up’, to try and convince the PM to meet them. Activists of Delhi have held their hands in support. Ministers, Members of Parliament and eminent people from the city have assured them of their support and promised them justice.

On 9 June, 33 people, women, children and men, who were staging a peaceful protest in front of the PMs Office were arrested. Rather than meet their demands promptly, the Government has ignored their march from Bhopal to Delhi, met their 2 month-long dharna with empty promises, and dealt with their non-violent protests with beatings and jailing. Pregnant women and three people on indefinite fast continue to be in jail. The attitude of the authorities clearly shows that they “want to teach the protestors a lesson.” It seems to be a coordinated effort to discourage democratic protest.

Since 10 June, nine activists, including gas survivors are on an indefinite hunger strike seeking justice. They demand: An Empowered Commission on Bhopal by endorsing the bill proposed by survivors organizations and committing to introducing it in the Parliament in the monsoon session; committing the funds required to allow the Commission to function for 30 years for medical, economic, social and environmental rehabilitation, and Immediate legal action against Dow Chemical and Union Carbide.

Supporters from different parts of the world, including Booker Prize nominated author Indra Sinha, are on a fast.

Prime Minister’s response to the struggle so far has been vague and tentative, without any genuine effort to meet the demands of an industrial disaster, 23 years old!

23 years of waiting, they refuse to be led on with false promises anymore.
Come and join, let us raise our voice in solidarity with the Bhopalis

What can we do?

Join them any time for one-day solidarity fast at Jantar Mantar or wherever you are. For more details and confirmation, please contact Shalini at 9891442037

Visit them as often as possible, be with them, and talk to them. Your presence will be great morale booster.

Raise funds for the protestors. Send your donation by cheque / draft favouring ‘The Other Media’, with ‘Bhopal project’ written on the envelope and by Cash to Bipin 9868280198.

Background: 23 years after the 1984 Union Carbide Industrial Disaster in Bhopal, justice still eludes the Bhopalis.

On 3rd December 1984 the Union Carbide Subsidiary plant at Bhopal, released 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) and other toxic gases into the night air of the city. This resulted in the death of over 23,000 people. 5, 72,000 suffer ill effects of the toxic gas till date, 120,000 more suffer from chronic ailments. Children are being born with cerebral palsy and congenital ailments. 10 to 15 of the gas affected people die every month! The gas leak also has caused a permanent damage to the environment. The ground water is heavily contaminated, causing respiratory, skin, eye and abdominal morbidity.

The Government of India (GOI) has through the years tried following the ‘piecemeal’ justice principle. The GOI had promised a commission to evaluate the damages caused and decide on the provisions of justice in 2006. Till date there has been no systematic sustainable medical, economic, environmental or social relief provisions made for them. No criminal and civil liabilities too have been unresolved. The prime accused Union Carbide Corporation of USA and Dow Chemical is still scott free!

77 days later, non-responsive government, depleting resources… the protestors need our support!!

We would earnestly request you to join the Bhopalis at Jantar Mantar
Saturday, the 14th of June, 2008
Come, fight for justice.

In solidarity,
Delhi Solidarity Group

For further queries
Madhuresh (09818905316)
Vijayan (9868165471)
Joe (9868114470)
Anupriya (9313848225)
Benny (9873921191)
Aanchal (9810197917)

Please visit www.bhopal.net for more details on the padyatra and their every day struggles or else call Shalini 9891442037


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