Let them drink coke.

Matthew X 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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