Bhopal Victims Object to Dow Chemicals Sponsoring Live Earth Event
April 19, 2010
Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy staged a protest in New Delhi against Dow Chemicals Company sponsoring a Live Earth environmental series, reports Asian News International. The U.S.-based company says it cannot be held accountable for the disaster because Union Carbide, now its subsidiary, has already paid the compensation asked of it by the Indian Government. Many in India insist that Dow Chemicals should still be held responsible for completing the clean-up operations. Social activist say that it is ironic that the company is sponsoring the Live Earth series, as thousands continue to suffer from toxic contamination in Bhopal more than 25 years later. In the early hours of December 3, 1984, around 40 metric tons of toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked into the atmosphere and was carried by wind to surrounding slums. The government says around 3,500 died in the disaster. Rights activists, however, claim that 25,000 people have died so far.