March Against Coca-Cola at Mehdiganj
On November 24, over 1000 community members marched peacefully to the Coca-Cola bottling facility in Mehdiganj, demanding that it be shut down. Coca-Cola has created severe water shortages, polluted the groundwater and soil and illegally occupied land in the area. Coca-Cola is destroying LIVES, LIVELIHOODS and COMMUNITIES in India, Colombia and internationally.
Armed police protecting the Coca-Cola plant decided, without warning or due cause, to respond to the march by carrying out a vicious assault on the marchers, using sticks, fists and boots to beat everyone in sight. Women were particularly subject to the violence by male policemen.
Over 350 arrests were made and hundreds have been injured. The police even chased people fleeing the site of the violence to hunt them down and beat them.
This is another example that confirms what the communities in India and Colombia have been saying all along- Coca-Cola acts with impunity and violence is an inherent part of how Coca-Cola does business around the world.
The following are images from the March and Rally Against Coca-Cola in Mehdiganj. Click on the thumbnails to get a larger image.
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