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Indian Coca-Cola protest to go on
By Sunil Raman
BBC News, Bangalore

Protests against Coca Cola drinks in Delhi
Protesters say Coca-Cola is drying up water supplies
Protesters in Kerala, southern India, have vowed to continue their fight against a Coca-Cola plant despite a blow from a court order.

The campaigners say the plant in the village of Plachimada dries up the water supply and emits toxic sludge.

The US giant denies the claims and the state High Court on Wednesday asked village authorities to renew the company's licence.

If they did not, the court said the licence would automatically be renewed.

It said the village authorities had until 10 June to act or Coca-Cola would get a two-year licence.

Pepsi problems

The bottling plant was closed a year ago as a result of the villagers' campaign.

In April, the court asked village heads to allow Coca-Cola to use 500,000 litres of water daily, but the authorities refused. The firm went back to court to win its latest ruling.

An anti-Coca-Cola campaigner in the state, Venu, told the BBC that their protest against the plant would continue.

The soft drinks giant strenuously denies the allegations and insists all its plants are safe and any toxins are within legal limits.

Coca-Cola's rival Pepsico is facing similar problems in a nearby village, Puduserry.

Local campaigners have decided to intensify their protests against the Pepsi plant.


SEE ALSO:
Indian court blow for Coca-Cola
16 Dec 03 |  South Asia
India clears US colas
21 Aug 03 |  South Asia
No more cola for Indian MPs
06 Aug 03 |  South Asia
Indian colas 'not unsafe'
05 Aug 03 |  South Asia


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