India: Anniversary of a Tragedy

Anniversary of a Tragedy

Fifteen hundred protesters gathered at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal last week to mark a grim anniversary: deadly methyl isocyanate gas had leaked from the plant exactly a year earlier, killing at least 1,750 people and injuring thousands more. The protesters burned effigies of Warren M. Anderson, the firm's chairman, and demanded a trial. Others spent the day at Bhopal's hospitals, where some 60,000 victims are still receiving treatment. Said Nassur Khan, 36, who suffers breathing difficulties and severe stomach pains: "I wish I could die."

Meanwhile, two parallel complaints, one by a group of lawyers representing more than 120...

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