Bhopal - Remembering the dead, fighting for the living

3 December 2004: The Global Day of Justice/20th Anniversary of Bhopal:

Shortly after midnight on December 3rd, 1984, poison gas leaked from a factory in Bhopal, India, owned by the Union Carbide Corporation. There was no warning, none of the plant's safety systems was working. In the city people were sleeping. They woke in darkness to the sound of screams with the gases burning their eyes, noses and mouths. They began retching and coughing up froth streaked with blood.

Whole neighbourhoods fled in panic, some were trampled, others convulsed and fell dead. People lost control of their bowels and bladders as they ran. Within hours thousands of dead bodies lay in the streets. 3 December, 2004 sees the twentieth anniversary of this terrible event, an event which was not some arbitrary accident but a result of the blind push for profit at any and all costs, a consequence of corporate greed and arrogance, of indifference to suffering. The Global Day of Justice/20th Anniversary of Bhopal will see events throughout the world, and you can help keep the pressure on the company and authorities to do the decent thing by the survivors of the disaster and those who lost family members and other loved ones.

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