Bhopal gas survivors protest near Obama in New Delhi
More than 400 survivors of the 26-year-old Union Carbide gas leak protested on the streets in the heart of New Delhi on Monday and demanded justice from President Barack Obama, who spent the morning locked in meetings with senior Indian officials not too far away.
Holding up Obama posters saying "No Business without Justice for Bhopal", the survivors affected by the ground water contamination caused by hazardous waste demanded a complete clean-up of the toxic waste in their neighborhood of more than 30,000 families. Survivors from the central Indian city of Bhopal have been claiming that the responsibility of clean-up lies with the Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemicals Co, which acquired Union Carbide Corp. in 2001.
"We cannot have Barack Obama keeping silent on this, as he promotes American business ties with India. We want Obama to fulfill his moral responsibility for the crime committed by Union Carbide, whose former chairman continues to elude Indian courts for more than two decades," said Satinath Sarangi, an activist with Bhopal Group for Information and Action. "People continue to suffer with diseases. Generations have been destroyed."
One survivor held up a poster asking "Is B.H.O a pal of Bhopal?" using Obama's initials.
| November 8, 2010; 2:06 AM ET
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