D’oh! London Assembly condemns Dow-Olympics link

The London Assembly voted today on a motion which said Dow’s involvement as a sponsor was damaging the reputation of the 2012 games.

Not exactly brand new information to us. Brand information, sure, but not new.

It is a disgrace that Dow have been appointed as a worldwide partner, and it is truly sad that LOCOG (the London organising body chaired by Seb Coe) has followed in those footsteps and allowed Dow to sponsor a giant plastic wrap around the stadium wall. This is a case of one brand poisoning another.

It really is one of those “not in my name” moments and the London Assembly is the latest embarrassment for LOCOG over this. People across the UK who are excited about hosting the Games should not have to have the toxic legacy of Bhopal on their conscience.

Amnesty welcomed the London Assembly vote.  Peter Frankental, Amnesty’s Economic Relations Programme Director, said:

“I hope that Seb Coe and LOCOG are starting to get the message loud and clear; people do not want Dow’s toxic legacy tainting the Olympics for them.

“The London Assembly motion is further testament to the sense of betrayal that people feel about the decision to associate with Dow, betrayal of Bhopal victims and survivors.

 “Seb Coe should urgently retract statements he has made defending Dow, and he needs to apologise to the Bhopal victims and survivors for the hurt that has been caused by this association.”

Next week, Amnesty will be bringing a controversial multi-sensory art installation on Bhopal, to East London to highlight the Olympics link to Dow Chemical. The exhibition, by Indian artist Samar Jodha, will be open to the public free of charge for the next few weeks. It recreates the night in 1984, when poisoned gas was leaked across Bhopal, killing between 7,000 and 10,000 people in its immediate aftermath, and a further 15,000 over the next 20 years. More than 100,000 people continue to suffer from serious health problems as a consequence of the leak of toxic chemicals.  Watch this space for more info on that, and if you’re in London and want to volunteer to help with it, do get in touch.

In the meantime, tell Seb Coe #DontDowIt at www.amnesty.org.uk/dow

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