India: Bhopal gas victims protest to seek Obama’s help

Indo-Asian News Service

Bhopal, November 07, 2010

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India seems to have infused a new zeal in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy survivors who organised a protest in Bhopal on Sunday demanding action against American companies allegedly responsible for the disaster.

Their campaign started gaining momentum a few days before Obama’s arrival.

They demonstrated near the now-shut Union Carbide India factory on Nov 6, the day Obama arrived in Mumbai.

The survivors staged a demonstration on Sunday at Neelam Park in Bhopal, posing as dead bodies.

The survivors have always been unhappy with the Indian government’s stand on not taking action against American companies and are now accusing the US president of adopting “double standards” on industrial disasters. Continue reading