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Post time 2014-1-25 19:57:08 |Display all floors
Indian officials push to demolish ‘illegal’ Coca-Cola bottling plant
Officials in a province in northern India have promised to destroy a Coca-Cola bottling plant that has for years infuriated citizens in the area who claim the facility extracts more than its fair share of groundwater.

                  Coca-Cola sales are thriving in India, in part because of the  country’s rapidly growing middle class. But the company is  unpopular with residents in the state of Uttar Pradesh, who say a  bottling plant was built on village council land and is therefore  “illegal.” The local revenue administration thus ordered  the demolition of Mehdiganj plant in Varanasi last month,  according to Agence France-Presse.

  Manoj Rai, the subordinate revenue administrative officer, said  Friday that he expects to “implement the demolition orders in  a couple of days. There is no question of not following the  order.”

  The Vansari plant is one of 58 Coke plants throughout India.  However, its apparent propensity to extract too much groundwater  and pollute soil in the area has inspired protests for years. One  such event, in 2006, lasted for over three months and culminated  with a hunger strike among the local population and activists  demanding the plant cease operations.

  Along with polluting agricultural fields and bodies of water with  toxins, the plant was reportedly responsible for lowering farm  yields and consistently intimidating those who spoke out against  it.

  “The Coca-Cola company is responsible for destroying precious  water resources for generations to come and they must be held to  account,” Amut Srivastava of the India Resource Center told  Info Change India in 2006. “The government must act now and  put an end to Coca-Cola’s egregious behavior.”

  The village government previously imposed a fine of 126,000 rupee  ($2,000) on the Hindustan Coca-Cola Company Pvt, which oversees  the Varanasi plant. Such gestures have not been enough to satisfy  protesters, however.

  “It is preposterous that the government can allow a  water-guzzling company like Coca-Cola to operate freely when  thousands of people cannot even meet their basic water  needs,” said demonstrator Nandlal Master, who lived not far  from the plant. “We are demanding that the state government  take immediate action to cancel Coca-Cola’s license.”

  The corporation has always denied the allegations, building an  addition onto the plant in 2013 that is able to produce 600  polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles every minute. Coca-Cola  India spokesman Kalyan Ranjan told AFP that the company has  “all the documents to prove our land ownership,” noting  that the soda maker has “appealed against this order” to  close.

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Post time 2014-1-25 19:58:04 |Display all floors

We are seeing the beginning of the end of heartless corporate greed BUT these evil entities will not go down easily. They will create more chaos and war, create enmity among nations so that they can sell their weapons and sell their degenerate culture. World is waking up to this but still is powerless as they control
world bank, IMF and other global financial systems.
In the end, Zions will be demolished and people of the World will be liberated from their clutches to make a peaceful and humane world.

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Post time 2014-1-25 19:59:06 |Display all floors

It's time to put an end to Coca-Colanization.

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Post time 2014-1-25 19:59:31 |Display all floors

Great to see a victory against this evil corporation

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