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Bhopal Disaster Anniversary

By December 3, 2012

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Protests at Bhopal, India over the 1984 gas leak

On the night of December 2-3, 1984, the Union Carbide pesticides plant in Bhopal, India, leaked poisonous gas into the surrounding communities.  The Bhopal Disaster killed an unknown number of people immediately - probably between 3,500 and 8,000 - and inflicted serious chronic ailments on tens of thousands more.

The victims and survivors of the gas leak in Bhopal have never been adequately compensated. What's more, Warren Anderson, the CEO of Union Carbide in 1984, has not been extradited to face charges of manslaughter in India, even after all these years.

Photo by Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images.

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