British advocate for AO victims criticizes 2012 olympic committee for Dow Chemical sponsorship

British advocate for Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange Len Aldis has sent an open letter to the London  2012 Olympic Committee, condemning crime committed by Dow Chemical Company which has been selected as one of the official sponsors of the world biggest games.

Olympic limelight: The Dow-sponsored wrap of the Olympic Stadium as it was supposed to look.

He wrote in the letter that Dow Chemical was responsible for deaths of many thousands, including thousands of babies that died in their mother’s womb.

It is responsible for the deaths of many more thousands of those that lived for just a few months, he added.
Reminding the recently court cases in the US that have charged the company with disposing of tonnes of highly toxic waste into rivers and lakes near its plants, he said that the biggest crime of Dow Chemical was its part, along with 35 other U.S. Chemical Companies, headed by Monsanto, in manufacturing Agent Orange used  with devastating effect on Southern Vietnam for a period of TEN-YEARS, resulting in the deaths mentioned above.

Through the use of Agent Orange, Dow Chemical and the others have left a legacy that today in Vietnam affects four million, he wrote. 

It has also entered into the fourth generation, he added.

In the letter he also told stories of Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange whom he has met with in his trips to Vietnam.

Len Aldis criticized the 2012 Olympic Committee for supporting the appointment of the company to be a sponsor of the Games that opens in London on 27th July despite the many objections made by people from a number of countries.

Shame on you all! - he wrote in the end his letter.

Last year thousands of activitists and victims of the gas leak incident of Union Carbide which was overtaken by Dow Chemical in Bhopal of India sent a letter to the committee, asking to drop Dow Chemical as sponsors of the Games.

The issue of Dow being involved in the Games has intensified in the Bhopal region - the scene of the Union Carbide gas leak in 1984 which officially killed 3,787 people - after Wikileaks produced emails showing the company had hired the private intelligence company Stratfor to monitor Bhopal protest groups.

Despite the resignation by a senior member of the sustainability commission on the Bhopal tragedy issue, organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have said there were no plans to drop 'Dow Chemical' as the sponsor of the wrap around the main stadium.

London 2012 chief executive, Paul Deighton, insisted that after Alexander's resignation, it would not reconsider the decision to award the contract to Dow, which also has a 100 million pounds deal with the International Olympic Committee.

By Viet Khoa

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