Thousands Form Human Chain Against Coke and Pepsi in Kerala
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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