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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2008

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Villagers in southern India are continuing their protest against the Coca Cola plant saying that it is a threat to the environment. They claim that thousands of people have been adversely affected due to the plant. Here's more.

STORY:
Indian social activist Medha Patkar says that apart from the fact that the soft drink is not healthy, the plant is also damaging the ground water resources.

[Medha Patkar, Protest Organizer]:
"It is not just the colored beverage which is anyway poisonous as proved by the scientists of the Center of Science, but it is also the bottling of water that has really exploited our ground reserves that has killed our
aquifers and that has really encroached upon the people's rights to natural resources and the right to plan with those resources."

For more than six years now that the protests have been taking place against Coca Cola here.

Groups in India have accused the Coca Cola group of depleting ground water resources and selling polluted or contaminated soft drinks.

Protesters claim that soft drinks in India have a high pesticide content. That's because the soft drink and bottled water industry used an enormous amount of ground water as basic raw material. Similar tests on drinks sold in the United States found no toxins.

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