March 31st, 2012
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London Games organising chairman to hold talks with Dow protestors

dow-chemicalLondon: The anti- Dow chemical protest groups organized a demonstration march. A coalition of five different protest groups presented five boxes of signatures – a 28,000-strong petition on Change.org and a 30,000-strong petition on SumOfUs to the London Olympic Games communications director Jackie Brock Doyle, calling for a public apology from Games organizers.

Following this protest the Games organizers, Chairman Seb Coe said he would meet the protestors. The protestors have asked Dow Chemical to use the £7 million, which is the cost of the Olympic stadium wrap which they are sponsoring, to help remediate the contaminated land and water supply in Bhopal.

The demonstration featured a “die-in” of five people lying on the ground representing the 25,000 dead from the 1984 gas leak disaster in Bhopal at the Indian Union Carbide factory. Dow Chemical has since bought Union Carbide’s parent company but company officials deny they have any ongoing liabilities, saying the gas leak had nothing to do with them.

Both Coe and the IOC president have strongly defended the reputation of Dow Chemical and its status as a £62.5 million IOC global sponsor and it is highly unlikely that the IOC or Locog will change their supportive position.



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