Let them drink coke.
profrv at nex.net.au
Thu Apr 29 11:04:17 PDT 1999
: WATER RIGHTS Aug 8 2002
Families Fight Coca-Cola in Kerala for Water
Coca Cola Virudha Samara Samithy (Anti Coca-Cola Struggle Committee)
organized a mass rally and public meeting at Plachimada, India on August 4,
marking the 105th day of a campaign against the company. A spirited march
proceded to the plant, accompanied by many from the surrounding
communities, as well as numerous police. Speakers discussed the ongoing
theft by Coca-Cola of water throughout the region, poor labor conditions
inside the plant, and the complicity of Indian political parties in
abetting multi-national corporations.
This ongoing struggle against this plant in the state of Kerala was
launched on April 22, with a symbolic blockade and an ongoing continuous
picketing/dharna by women and children belonging to the Eravalar and
Malasar communities. Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd established the
bottling plant, and subsequently sunk more than 60 borewells on the
premises, which is adjacent to a major irrigation canal, and several
kilometers from numerous reservoirs and the Chitturpuzha River. Water in
the area has both become depleted and polluted.
This more than three month long campaign has included blockades of the
plant, lawsuits both against and on behalf of the protestors, destruction
of advertisements, and numerous rallies and marches.
[ India IMC | CorpWatch India ]
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