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A commissioner of the sustainability watchdog for the 2012 London Olympics resigned Wednesday in protest at the involvement of Dow Chemical, because of its links to the 1984 Bhopal disaster.
Meredith Alexander said she was stepping down from her unpaid position on the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (CSL), which monitors sustainability at the Olympics and Paralympics.
"I don t want to be party to a defence of Dow Chemicals, the company responsible for one of the worst corporate human rights violations in my generation," Alexander said in a statement.
Dow is a major sponsor of both the London Games and the International Olympic Committee, and has stepped in to fund a high-tech "wrap" around the stadium.
"I think the responsible thing to do would be for Dow to withdraw from the wrap contract. Otherwise London 2012 is undermining its aim to be the most sustainable Games ever and showing contempt for the Bhopal victims," Alexander added.
Dow is now the parent company of Union Carbide, whose pesticide plant leaked gas into Bhopal in 1984, killing tens of thousands of people in the world's worst industrial accident.
Hiring a company having such a bad name cannot be accidental but for a specific reason as many are anticipating a major nuclear crisis in the mega event that will commence in summer of this year. The same company was involved in Bhopal disaster which killed tens of thousands of people and still many are born crippled, what can be called the aftershock of the man-made disaster. This also gives hint that Bhopal disaster was intentional, not accidental.
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