tv [untitled] December 21, 2011 3:31pm-4:01pm EST
sure i assess crew members who are near earth orbit on the way to the space station off their soyuz spacecraft launches successfully from the baikonur cosmodrome. our next special report about the survivors of the world notorious industrial disaster who are fighting for justice against the corporation responsible for the gas leak in the the in city of bhopal which killed at least fifteen thousand people. some of the old notion of the corporation is based on what's called limited liability limited liability means that individual participants in a corporation time not be charged with crimes that the corporation commits the kind to very limited one of the major crimes court and. the corporation acts in such a way that kills the managers and the c.e.o. and the shareholders have a limited liability and it's not that they have disregard for human life that maybe the nicest people in the world maybe give to charity. but in their institutional
role as managers of the corporation there is a task that they must follow that task is to maximize profit and market share. if they don't do that they're out and somebody else is in the dust of the indian government meanwhile declare itself the sole representative of the victims and proceed to sort out the case for four hundred seventy million dollars which was so cheap the car buying start went up by two dollars a share saddam was in there and people could not mean that it could be such a growth sellout because the indian government agreed to settle all bonds to present and future liabilities for a sum as small as four hundred seventy million dollars. people received as little as five hundred dollars but lifelong injuries and. unpunished.
i believe whatever happened in the past we cannot change it but what is happening now is in our control it's been twenty seven years and the government shouldn't these do something like people should get clean water because the ground water is contaminated whoever survived that night and whatever life is left for the gas victims they should get proper treatment so they can spend the rest of the. i was in good health she said they are gas and water victim children were born with deformities and their future has to be kept in mind so that these kids can live a proper life and so that their parents do not take them as some sort of burden or to nothing. you're welcome. i love and trust and. good afternoon c.h.r.y. this is only summertime to la and i'm joined on the line by son jay vermont who is an activist in the bhopal campaign and also
a survivor of the terrible disaster in one thousand nine hundred eighty four so sanjay can you tell us a bit about what happened to you on the night of december third one nine hundred eighty four well i was on the right thank. you month or let it happen right in the moment. so and i don't. know why i asked my so because i had no one with me at the better meeting at my school. she would like they all died that i had and he told. her she was like. i really know very few in my own eye that you would like and i ran every. sunday was less than two and his sister was nine his elder brother so i mean he was only thirteen and these were the only people left alive in
a family of. all the years in my family old runaways about that i was told later two of them died in hospital my. mother my mother and father were. the bodies of three sisters who were nearby one of. the other two are missing. they lost their parents. and three sisters and two brothers calling one night my bad and. my family members die because of this fact. and his sister when the twins didn't. but it was a godsend because there was a thousand eight hundred people had died but it got into the people who were carrying out bodies from the g. eight from the houses around seven thousand to ten thousand people have died in the
next seventy two hours and. twenty five thousand people have died. i remember my but ok i'm up and organized and. then automatically i myself was in the fight and i joined like other organizations i think but i got it and. now i realize a lot of the young guys actually. playing then and all know how contaminant in the pack a how one going to get them fired on the factories they're like sick and again the fact the money they are not paying attention bores them. why we did this study we just wanted this to extend us chemical contamination within the factory and outside and see if there is
a link it's because they're bicycling is going to go far for our going to school that's the site because if you've got them is beside justify having it in using if you look at all the lead got here men's room and mostly enough and it's all very high muslim ideas off and one who does little baby the phone mostly as it is back been invented last night i did this little bit out and you can still see most of it is the stuff that of this is that and then close not surprising that the plant has very high levels of the mostly. we have received very important documents in this case that i think establish very clearly that union carbide knew that events of the early one nine hundred seventy three that this pollution problem that we're facing today they knew this was going to happen and they and they went ahead with this project despite that specific knowledge as early as one nine hundred seventy three union carbide engineers were warning the company that the bhopal plant presents an
unusual challenge in that there's no nearby running body of water into which waste can be discharged. so from the design stage waste disposal plant was and was a major concern. a lot of waste streams from the plant emptied into the area of the plant known as the solar evaporation pond area. here and this is where the waste in toxic sludge were dumped basically and carby we're standing right on top of it and the other side is you can see there used to be a small leak which you had a carbonate also used as a dumping ground for their waste people depended on the water from the leak so they drank it and it cost and pathetic. union carbide knew from the design stage that the bhopal plant could pollute groundwater they also knew that there was there was a surrounding community that used that groundwater for its drinking water supply.
so they believe that they can get rid of someone. by evil braiding it and then when they had like some kind of sludge so they took all dust from the bones and they dumped here and there and you see this black lining underneath the ground of this landfill they believe that this kind of lining if there were this lining on the ground it can keep the best away from the. lining and the need to go on every day i was here. we believe the solar evaporation ponds continues to be a source of the subsurface water pollution that's now reaching through the article for and spreading into the surrounding communities and can be detected as far away as three kilometers from the main plant campus so that evacuation what they found very high was really you see it was you very early on as the only industry
and was destroyed. this will be an isolated that there isn't one. on the factory you want that is still being gone dominated and people are forced to needed water because they do not have any of that shite. away and will remain a source of pollution for this area until it is remedial and the party that can do that is you know the december will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the tragedy at a union carbide india ltd facility in bhopal and even today continues to evoke strong emotions globally and rightfully so we're saddened however that despite all that has been written about the tragedy in the past twenty five years so many misconceptions still exist about union carbide and it's wrong the government of india is the appropriate entity to address any i'm going to express by the people of bhopal. we are saddened by the fact that the site remains on remediated adding
to the tragedy that has occurred the site today is in the hands of the state government of my dear pradesh the state government. and together with the central government they are trying to get the site cleaned up union carbide is now a wholly owned subsidiary of dow chemical. in one third the boards of carbide approve the burger agreement create the world's second largest chemical company. does complicate things and doesn't because the. nation is very good in india and in the us and. the polluter pays principle is the idea under international law that the liability for pollution should always be traced back to the polluter the polluter should not be able to externalize the cost of pollution onto society at large or a third party it shouldn't be the government's responsibility to clean up at public
expense after private polluters. so. i don't know that he's one of those. people. drinking contaminated water you see. in the neighborhood and then we've got a lot of this. every founded highly contaminated they do not have any other choice and they are drinking this water. it was like sometime two thousand and four it was sometime in the evening. when i refused to back to my home there was a letter written by my brother. i'm going to die in a few men so take care of yours and he was like he was laying on his back in this room so i had to phone one of my one of my brother's friends and they said only. both of us took my brother to the hospital and finally had to write that.
before that he had run into a jungle where food he had tried to set him off fire. he didn't have any physical problems his sickness was that of paranoia and fear that if anyone came over then she would go and hide in the bathroom he used to say he could hear a voice in his mind i believe that a war in hell's with time but involved it's getting worse. if we blame each other for everything no solution will come. government blames the company we blame the government the government suffers a company suffers and most importantly the people who suffer. i don't remember actually who was the media person who asked me this question who do you blame to work surely according to you. before i answer to his question he said your god they
he said to me your governments like ditching you they have been digging people from . so if you are going is not willing to help you then what will you. do for you. on that i'm not particular night on the second and third december some gases from the union carbide leaked and some of the people died now being an autopsy surgeon it was my moral duty to find out what the cause of death was. after analysis it was established that cyanide was present along with nearly twenty nine components are to which team were deadly. they get us. like in hiroshima and nagasaki it had an adverse effect on their genes so similarly this adverse effect of the gas is causing genetic mutation in india they all fall we would like that we don't speak about bhopal because he's not
a good image of all india in america they don't want to talk about it because in spite of the fact that there is a wall of and fall the rest against mr one man and a son a mr anderson has retired in a beautiful house in. new york and of course never. it was a bone of glacier we're looking at we're going to be inventive and one of the implications is for nation which you know than one into deep holes and people are affected and the people who are drinking the polluted water i think about the problems this can problems that is this is the lens through the good intentions industrialization of the. foreign investment you know the. all of those are sick and that's the position that having to get specific governments are not in business to protect the population. that's what they say they are but it's usually
a pretty low priority. don't take any worry that somebody started to take over or the record the country started pretty often loses. the last of the working group population but the leaders were willing to take the risk or it was the room populations for their own hands i mean this is just some history. the. least want to response in us soccer on telly the government just pimping for dow chemicals and these are the. same people who have so far stalled justice for the bhopal gas victims. but we strongly feel that on this occasion of the twenty seventh anniversary we will be able to destroy the nexus and we will get justice.
to go in there they have not been go out have gone by the people the other ones who are violent we have a lot of the people responsible for this you can follow them you know this is not the rehab norbit what is the way in going to five years what can we not get just a few because that is what the what is new but that. does need to make its like to know how i was hired to do a merger and acquisition for union carbide to bring all of the computer applications on the same traumas douse i saw how a corporation works because they are more concerned about bottom line profit than anything i just decided that i was making a profit for just the wrong people and chemical has made the decision to purchase union carbide knowing that these liabilities were outstanding so when you purchase the assets of a company purchased those liabilities. we are just asking for our right to clean water union carbide has fully exploited the sort of international dimension of this
problem it informs the american courts that new york law can't apply because these events took place in india at the same time the same indian law doesn't apply so in effect they're arguing that they're above the law so there are international rules . for. of course international law has no enforcement laws or somebody. if the united states doesn't force a. part of a budget they should take responsibility for. where dime from the water i mean no one is offering clean water they have no choice. dow chemical go to how to go to how to how. ages of dow should be spanked. if you look so bad to the jurisdiction of india then you'll have to submit to the american boards and the american courts after do something about.
it. in two thousand and four the supreme court's directed the government to provide clean and safe water but the government the state and central has failed to honor the supreme court order. then the problem is that by november two thousand and nine the government would supply clean water but that promise was never filled. with some pipelines will aid in some areas area the water they're supplying the spy it's his duty and not. and dad it might differ dish but mission control board certified against any high concentrations of oil like that do so knowingly this water is what is being supplied to the locals who have given their lives.
no company should realize that it cannot break this country's low. budget if we win this fight outsiders will gain nothing again will be for years the people of palm. like you know most of what we have asked for is the clean up cost union carbide should clean all the poisonous and powerful toxic chemicals that are stored inside the plant. the groundwater which is polluted in a radius of three kilometers around the plant should be cleaned and union carbide should be paid for about to. bring anderson to india bring them here. chemical leave india leave india on top of that we have asked for compensation for the victims who are suffering. and it's our mission to fight for
people who are weak people who cannot fight for themselves or even know how. this is all union carbide should bear these expenses because in the coming ten to fifteen years people will keep getting affected due to the growing water contamination and will be more prone to cancers like diseases given audios. we are fighting for our society we are fighting for our country we are fighting for bhopal gas victims. it's only by virtue of the fact that this outfit if it indeed. is even able to exist the data that's coming out this year afresh known bailable warrant has been issued for foreign anderson. and if the government fails to wake up and help then we are committed to fight for the next twenty seven years against the nexus between the company and the government the process could change
dramatically if the indian government the jury system has the cutting edge stuff that is understandable and the many of them not they don't have the authority to stop and look at the name of government what they have said to the government if they want this release of an interview i think it was what it was that. they were on this it was in court of law they have subpoenaed they have submitted a letter although that's all over the hill for you or. i was just on any ideas from our research one thing is very clear the union carbide india factory is infected with poison frank it is a poison which will not lead to death just by touching it so i can understand why there might be a pradesh government is saying there is no poison gave it was but it is also true that it's a kind of poison that is leaking into our environment that is the main thing i'm
sane is that the factory should be cleaned as soon as possible. god has given us this beautiful word with all the facilities that god has given everything here why destroyed. felt come on friends join the march with the victims and show that your passion has not cooled doubt. it has not turned down because we did not get justice and unless we get justice the passion will never come down. every year millions of people dying because of his unburdened pursuit of profit. and what can fit in will fall a saying is that you cannot do it you are not allowed to do. because life is sacred and that cannot be violated and.
this is my house the twanging the strength from the rest of the world who will get justice from dollar company that i. did one hundred fifth anniversary is just. the fortieth of the verse read the first two for diversity will be as important for the final goal and the goal is to clean the factory farm all those toxic floors which still pull you the water that the people have to drink. amazon i want the world to understand the crime of these companies they profit from the analysts products as they show on t.v. . the same products poison our lives will not only eat. we should never allow down to continue their poisonous business in any other city in the world soon that another book powell who will not be repeated by. any worse really gives us more spirit gives us more and go to judgment people around the
world i have been for and may get more support than the previous year if there is justice and this world would be safer for all of us to live in because it would set a precedent and a parent company cannot set up a subsidiary somewhere in the world create a large scale environmental problem there and then when the time comes to fix liability sell off its local subsidiary and then retreat to the united states or any other developed country and a basically say that nobody can sue them here nobody can hold them accountable so that's the sort of context in which if our litigation were to be successful it would set important precedent. am
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