posted on Jun, 15 2005 @ 04:40 AM
Water is the most valuable natural resource (beside air). Whoever controls water rights controls the people. Petroleum use is an issue but I don't
see it as the primary resource. It is a distraction, slight of hand to steer public attention away from the birthright of clean and abundant water
500 Anti-Coca-Cola Demonstrators Arrested in India
PLACHIMADA, India, June 9, 2005 (ENS) - Hundreds of community residents and supporters marched to the Coca-Cola factory gates in Plachimada, Kerala on
Wednesday to demand that the plant be permanently shut down.
A large cordon of police officers met the protesters, and about 500 people were arrested. Police beat a woman protester, who was taken to a nearby
hospital for treatment, eyewitnesses said. All protesters were released by the end of the day.
The protests, organized by the Coca-Cola Virudha Samara Samiti (Anti Coca-Cola Struggle Committee) and the Plachimada Solidarity Committee, comes two
days after the local village council, under pressure from the Kerala High Court, conditionally renewed Coca-Cola's license for three months.
The Coca-Cola bottling plant in Plachimada, Kerala was the scene of a demonstration Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Coca-Cola India) The Coca-Cola bottling
plant in Plachimada has remained closed since March 2004 because the local village council has refused to renew Coca-Cola's license to operate,
citing the company for causing severe water shortages to the community.
On June 5, the local village council renewed Coca-Cola's license for three months and with 13 conditions.
I fail to understand why more people are not concerned over what is happening with respect to the control of our water supplies by big business. Once
we have lost control it will be too late to cry foul...
This statement says it all..."This issue is about much more than the extraction of water by Coca-Cola itself," said Bijoy. "The issue is about who
has the fundamental decision making power over the use of natural resources, and it is about the survival of the people."
[edit on 15/6/2005 by Lady of the Lake]