Bhopal Survivors Protest Dow's Olympic Sponsorship Again
BHOPAL, India (AP) — Hundreds of survivors of the world's worst industrial disaster burned effigies of two Olympics officials Friday to protest Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the London Games.
The protests were on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the disaster in Bhopal, India, where a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked lethal gas that killed an estimated 15,000 people and maimed tens of thousands more.
People carried banners that read "Down with London Olympics" and "We want justice" marched to the now-abandoned plant.
Dow bought Union Carbide in 2001. It says legal claims regarding the gas leak were resolved when Union Carbide paid $470 million as compensation for those killed or injured.
The Indian government is seeking an additional $1.7 billion for victims, and activists accuse Dow of not cleaning up contamination.