MEDIA ADVISORY: Protest at Coca-Cola Shareholder Meeting
WHAT: PROTEST AT COCA-COLA SHAREHOLDER MEETING
WHERE: DuPont Hotel, 11th and Market St, Wilmington, Delaware
WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
9:30 am – 11 am
WHY: The Coca-Cola company management is misleading its shareholders by not disclosing the full extent of the liabilities it has incurred in India. Communities in India are experiencing severe water shortages as well as a contaminated groundwater and soil- directly as a result of Coca-Cola’s bottling operations in the area. Tens of thousands of community members, primarily from villages across India, are demanding that Coca-Cola cease operations immediately and provide compensation to affected communities.
One of Coca-Cola’s largest plant in India, in Plachimada, has remained shut down for over a year now because the local village council has refused to renew Coca-Cola’s license to operate, citing it for over-extraction of water, and the resulting hardships to the community.
WHO: The India Resource Center <www.IndiaResource.org> provides a platform for Indian communities to voice their demands. The India Resource Center will be presenting statements from the Indian communities to Coca-Cola’s shareholders and management at the annual general meeting. Over a hundred people, primarily college and university students, will also be protesting at the Coca-Cola shareholders meeting. Coca-Cola has been the subject of an intense campaign on US and UK campuses where students are trying to revoke Coca-Cola’s contracts with colleges and universities. 12 campuses have succeeded.
Interviews can be arranged on site as well as with community leaders in India and student activists campaigning against Coca-Cola in the US and UK.
Amit Srivastava T: +1 415 336 7584 E: info(AT)IndiaResource.org
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