India: Protest marks 35th anniversary of Bhopal gas leak tragedy

Crowds gathered in Bhopal on Tuesday to march on the 35th anniversary of a pesticide plant gas leak, which is considered to be the world's worst industrial disaster. The protesters demanded that the government should pay the medical bills of the victims and those affected by the tragedy. They accuse Dow Chemicals, who took over Union Carbide in 2001, of evading Indian court hearings despite Union... Еще Carbide being charged with manslaughter and other offences. Satinath Sarangi, an activist said: «The governments have colluded with Union Carbide and Dow Chemical and have neglected the welfare of the survivors.» Around 42,000 kilograms of deadly methyl isocyanate gas were released into the atmosphere at a gas leak on December 3, 1984. Amnesty International puts the figure of dead at 7,000 within the first three days. Other activists say that the total number of those who died since 1984 is over 25,000 people. Families in Bhopal were paid compensatory sums back, but groundwater is reportedly still toxic. Tens of thousands reportedly suffer from cancer, respiratory diseases, neurological disorders and blindness as a result of inhaling the toxic gas.

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