Statement from Plachimada, India to Coca-Cola Shareholders Meeting
April 19, 2005

The community of Plachimada in Kerala has experienced severe hardships as a result of Coca-Cola's bottling operations in the community. April 22, 2005 will mark the third year anniversary of a constant vigil that we have kept in front of Coca-Cola's factory gates in Plachimada.

The Coca-Cola company management has been derelict in its duties, and it has refused to report the major liabilities it has already incurred in Plachimada. These include creating severe water shortages in the area, polluting the groundwater and soil and distributing toxic waste to farmers.

Coca-Cola MUST meet the demands of the community which include:

  1. Shut down the Plachimada plant immediately, without any conditions
  2. Compensate all the affected members of the community who have lost livelihoods as a result of Coca-Cola's practices
  3. Drop all legal complaints against the community and withdraw from all cases which appeal against the decisions of the village council and courts.
  4. Rehabilitate the workers who will lose their jobs as a result of the shutdown
  5. Admit liability for the deterioration of the water quality as a result of pollution and rapid extraction
  6. Admit liability for the long term consequences of the exposure to toxic waste distributed by the Coca-Cola company to farmers

Our resolve has already shut down the Plachimada plant for over a year now.

We will continue our struggle for justice until the Coca-Cola company meets all these demands. Signed

Anti Coca-Cola Struggle Committee
Plachimada Solidarity Committee

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