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21 Mar 2016

Beena Govind, Mathrubhumi

Plachimada - Still waiting for justice and compensation

The protesters are still around, the fire is still alive but the protest pandal in front of the closed-down company gates of Coca Cola is empty...The people who led the protests from the front are still around...will tell one thing in common - "We haven't yet got clean drinking water, nor justice we sought"...to date there has been no compensation for the ecological, social and environmental losses suffered by the villagers...The company shut down in 2003 but not a penny has been paid in compensation to the people who suffered the damage at the hands of the corporate. ......The most recent setback was in February 2016 when the President's office sent the bill back refusing assent on unspecified reasons...The protesters are now left in a lurch wondering who their real opponent is- the company or their own elected governments.

Part of the following timelines

India: 13 years after shut down of bottling plant in Kerala, villagers allege they don't have clean drinking water, waiting for justice for effects of pollution

Coca-Cola lawsuit (re India)