Thousands Form Human Chain Against Coke and Pepsi in Kerala
March 30, 2005

Palakkad: Thousands of people, including political leaders, students, environmentalists and labourers joined a human chain organised by pro-Marxist DYFI, demanding closure of Coca Cola and Pepsi factories in the district, this evening.

The chain began from Pepsi factory at Kanjikode and Coke unit at Plachimada, both merging before the District Collectorate.

Addressing a public meeting before the Collectorate, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan called for intensifying the stir to close the factories which were 'exploiting' groundwater.

Meetings were also held at ten other centres. DYFI National Secretary Tapas Sinha, Mr N N Krishnadas, MP and Mr S Ajayakumar,MP, also spoke.

For the last three years, agitations were being held for the closure of the two units which reportedly exploited groundwater.

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