Major Rally in Plachimada Against Coca-Cola
The Hindu
April 22, 2005

Palakkad: Political leaders and social activists today pledged support to the struggle against the Coca Cola plant at Plachimada village near here as the agitation demanding closure of the soft drink unit completed three years today.

Addressing the 'anti-Cola people's meet' organised to mark the occasion, Janata Dal leader M P Veerendrakumar, said the struggle would be carried on till the plant is closed as the key issue involved was a community's vital right over drinking water.

Powerful multinationals might not even be afraid of the Bush Administration, but they had been rattled by the true grit and determination with which the poor people in Plachimada had kept up the struggle to ascertain their right over drinking water and against its exploitation by the soft drink plant, Veerendrakumar said.

Adivasi Gotra Mahasabha leader C K Janu, demanded a legislation to ensure people's right over water and check its commercial exploitation.

Mayilamma, a tribal woman in the forefront of the Plachimada stir, inaugurated the meet. A Krishnan, President of Perumatty Panchayat, where the plant is located, read out the 'anti-Cola pledge.'

RSP State Secretary T J Chandrachoodan, Congress-S leader V C Kabeer, MLA, Janata Dal (S) State Secretary General Krishnankutty, and leaders of youth outfits DYFI, AIYF and Yuva Janata Dal participated.

A sit-in was also held in front of the soft drink plant.

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