An influential India-focussed wing of Britain's opposition Labour Party is urging the organisers of the 2012 Olympics to drop a sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical Company on the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster.
Labour Friends of India will be holding a series of press events and meetings with legislators "across the world," the head of the group, Barry Gardiner, MP, said. He will be meeting leading politicians from the G20 nations in Durban on Saturday to raise concerns about "Dow's failure to remediate the site at Bhopal and to take proper environmental and social corporate responsibility."
Members of the group will hold a two-minute silence to mark the anniversary of the Dec 2-3 tragedy, and some heavyweight Labour members have joined the campaign. In London, former mayor, Ken Livingstone, will launch a public petition of "thousands of signatures" at the Olympic site at Stratford.