Community groups from India joined forces
at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, from January 16-21, 2004,
to bring attention to Coca-Cola's abuses in India. A pattern has emerged
as a result of Coca-Cola's practices in India -- communities in and
around Coca-Cola's facilities are facing severe water shortages and
the scarce water that remains has been polluted by Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola
has also been "giving away" the solid waste it produces -- as "fertilizer"
to the farmers in the area. Tests have confirmed that the waste is
toxic! And the Indian government has just confirmed that Coca-Cola
(and Pepsi) products in India contain excessive amounts of pesticides,
sometimes more than 30 times allowed by the European Union standards!
There is a strong, grassroots resistance to Coca-Cola's abuses in
India, and you can support the struggle to hold Coca-Cola accountable
by visiting the India Resource Center website regularly. The following are images from the People's
Forum Against Coca-Cola at the World Social Forum. Click on the thumbnails
to get a larger image. Please provide credit if you do use the images.