Processions, Protests and Vigils in Bhopal marks 30th Anniversary

Survivors’ organisations marked the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, that left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands affected, with torch rallies through the streets of Bhopal.

Pictures by Giles Clark, Getty images.

 

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30th torch parade

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Bhopal Survivors pensioners’ rights group protested in the blazing sun on the morning of the 2nd of December 2014 in Bhopal.

The colourful group, from the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha (BGPNPBSM for short!) sat for several hours, in the heat of a peculiarly hot December morning, protesting at their lack of justice and calling on Dow Chemical to, finally, be held to account by the Indian Government.

Many of the women held a photo of the husbands they lost thanks to‪ ‎Union Carbide‬ and its poisons.

The eldest of the group, at 90 years, vows to fight ’til her last breath and it is heart-breaking to think she may never see the justice she so richly deserves.

Photographed by Colin Toogood

Photographed by Colin Toogood

Protest Bhopal 30th

Photographed by Colin Toogood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Also on the 2nd of December 2014 Bhopal Survivors groups fighting for pensioners’ rights took to the streets to protest and burn a Dow Chemical effigy in Bhopal.

Photos: courtesy of Giles Clarke- Reportage by Getty

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Bhopal pension protest 20th anniversary (Giles Clarke)

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A candlelight vigil was also held at the Sambhavna Clinic to mark the 30th anniversary. For more information on the clinic and the great things they do click here.

Sambhavna Trust Candlelight vigil 30th

Candlelight vigil at Sambhavna

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Candlelight vigil at Sambhavna

 

 

 

 

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We believe Dow & DuPont must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.