On the 28th of August 2012, an internationally coordinated candlelit vigil took place in solidarity with the people of Bhopal who continue to be affected by Dow Chemical’s toxic legacy.
This action was supported by a variety of people, including Navin Shah London Assembly Member, who recently lobbied the Assembly to pass a vote condemning Dow’s Olympic Sponsorship.
We asked our supporters to join in in by sending in pictures of their vigils along with their messages. Events took place all around the world including, Yorkshire, London, San Francisco, Massachusetts, Australia and India.
‘This vigil is to stand in solidarity with the victims of Union Carbide and with those individuals who against the odds will attain remarkable achievements during the Paralympics 2012. The hypocrisy of having DOW as a sponsor for this event has not gone unnoticed and will not be ignored. However, this is a vigil not to represent anger at DOW and Anderson or frustration with LOCOG and the IOC. This vigil is to pay homage to those who are fighting so hard for justice to be done in Bhopal and for those competing at the Paralympics and raising awareness of disability issues within our society’ (UK)
‘We stand with the people of Bhopal tonight. We only hope that DOW will one day face the consequences of their actions so that those who suffered, and are still suffering, will see compensation’ – Meg O’Connell, Australia