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India: Thousands protest US role in Bhopal gas tragedy01:29

India: Thousands protest US role in Bhopal gas tragedy

India, Bhopal
December 3, 2014 at 23:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several thousand protesters observed the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak disaster in Bhopal, Wednesday. On the night of December 2-3, 1984, 40 tonnes (40,000 kg) of highly toxic Methyl-isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked from the US Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) pesticide plant, instantly killing several thousand people and disfiguring hundreds of thousands of others for life.

Thirty years later, people are still battling over the legacy of what is one of the biggest ever industrial disasters. Some 350 tonnes (350,000 KG) of waste lying at the UCC site has still not been removed. Organisations working to support those still affected by the gas leak helped organise the protest, with people shouting slogans against the US and Indian governments.

In a letter to President Obama the survivors’ organisations asked that his government “acknowledge the central role played by the United States government in creating the disaster in Bhopal and the denial of justice to the victims."

India: Thousands protest US role in Bhopal gas tragedy01:29
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Several thousand protesters observed the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak disaster in Bhopal, Wednesday. On the night of December 2-3, 1984, 40 tonnes (40,000 kg) of highly toxic Methyl-isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked from the US Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) pesticide plant, instantly killing several thousand people and disfiguring hundreds of thousands of others for life.

Thirty years later, people are still battling over the legacy of what is one of the biggest ever industrial disasters. Some 350 tonnes (350,000 KG) of waste lying at the UCC site has still not been removed. Organisations working to support those still affected by the gas leak helped organise the protest, with people shouting slogans against the US and Indian governments.

In a letter to President Obama the survivors’ organisations asked that his government “acknowledge the central role played by the United States government in creating the disaster in Bhopal and the denial of justice to the victims."