Pune – Lokayat programs on Bhopal (December 2) and AFSPA (December 5)

November 28, 2010

Lokayat is organising the following two programs on December 2 and December 5

PROGRAM ONE

PROTEST MARCH AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
ON BHOPAL DAY, DEC 2, 2010

26 years ago, on the night of December 2-3, the world’s biggest industrial disaster took place in Bhopal. Toxic gases leaked from US corporation Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in the city, killing thousands, and leaving more than 5 lakh people injured with debilitating diseases…

Despite these horrendous consequences, no lessons are being drawn, conditions for the occurrence of a 1000 more Bhopals all over the country…

The government is building the world’s largest nuclear power plant at Madban-Jaitapur, in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Nuclear power technology is inherently accident prone. If an accident occurs, it can be huge, hundreds of times bigger than the Bhopal gas tragedy. On top of it, the government has also passed a Nuclear Liability Bill, freeing the foreign supplier of the nuclear plant of all liabilities in case of an accident. It is an invitation to disaster!

In memory of the thousands who have died and continue to die in Bhopal, and to create awareness of the 1000 more Bhopals being created all over the country, Lokayat is organising the following programs:

Date: December 2, 2010, Thursday
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Route: From Tilak Putla, Mandai to Shaniwarwada, Pune to be followed by Candle light vigil at Shaniwarwada

PROGRAM TWO

On the tenth anniversary of the
Epic hunger strike of Sharmila Irom,

demanding the repeal of the draconian ARMED FORCES SPECIAL POWERS ACT, which has allowed the army to commit horrendous human rights abuses in Manipur,
Lokayat is organising a program of :

Protest songs of the revolutionary poet FAIZ AHMED FAIZ

‘BOL KE LAB AZAD HAIN TERE’

Singer: Neela Bhagwat

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Venue: Lokayat Hall, 3rd Floor, Opp, Syndicate Bank, Law College Road, Near Nal Stop, Pune