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8 Aug 2011

Shahzeb Jillani, BBC

Indian anger at Dow Olympics sponsorship

There is growing anger in India at the decision by Olympics authorities in London to select the Dow Chemical Company as 2012 Games sponsor…The London authorities welcomed Dow for funding $11.4m worth of artwork. They said Dow did not at the time of the Bhopal disaster own the chemical plant that was responsible…Activists fighting for the survivors of the disaster are calling on the Indian government to officially protest against London 2012's move…. "On the one hand, Dow is running away from its liabilities in Bhopal, but on the other hand it is doing [a] public relations [exercise] at the Olympics... Dow said that although it "never owned nor operated the plant… have learned from this tragic event and have helped to drive global industry performance improvements to ensure that such incidents never happen again.

Part of the following timelines

India: Campaigners criticise Olympic authorities in London for accepting Dow Chemical's sponsorship citing links to Bhopal disaster

Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal, filed in India)