MEDIA ADVISORY: Feb 3: Major Protest Against Coca-Cola in Mehdiganj, India  

March and Rally to Shut Down Coca-Cola Plant in Mehdiganj, India

Coca-Cola Bottling Factory, Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Friday, February 3, 2006
12 pm

WHY: The community living around Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Mehdiganj, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, have been experiencing severe water shortages as well as polluted water as a result of Coca-Cola's operations in the area. As a result, the local village council (panchayat) has revoked Coca-Cola's license to operate.

The community is demanding the immediate closure of the plant - before the summer months during which access to potable water is particularly difficult.

A formidable, community-led movement has emerged to shut down Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Mehdiganj, and the movement is growing rapidly. The latest protest against the Coca-Cola company in Mehdiganj took place on November 30, 2005.

WHO: Lok Samiti, a statewide group active in mobilizing communities against water abuses by multinational companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo is the primary organizer of the march and rally. The event is also part of the state convention of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), the largest coalition of people's movements in India.

Prominent social movement leaders, including Medha Patkar, Surendra Mohan, Sandeep Pandey and Raghu Thakur will be participating in the march and rally.

For more information, visit www.IndiaResource.org

Nandlal Master, Lok Samiti (Hindi only) + 91 94153 00520 (India)
Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) +91 94150 22772 (India)
Amit Srivastava, India Resource Center +1 415 336 7584 (US) E: info@IndiaResource.org

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