Coca Cola have backed out of attempts to sponsor Live 8.
Reports that the soft drinks giant was
going to sponsor the event led to criticism of Live 8 organisers from
campaigning and justice groups, who see Coca-Cola's support as being
incompatible with the poverty-beating goals of Live 8.
One group, The India Resource
Centre, has accused Coca-Cola of creating severe water shortages and pollution
in India and accused the firm of being "poverty-creating" company. It argued
that having Coca-Cola involved was completely "antithetical to the goals of Live
The Scottish Socialist Party's Rosie Kane had highlighted the
moves in a motion to the Scottish Parliament which condemned the company for
being responsible for environmental problems in India and for the campaign of
terror being waged against trade unionists at its bottling plant in Columbia. (Visit
Columbia Solidarity Campaign here)
Rosie said today; "It is great news that Coca Cola have backed out of attempts
to sponsor Live
8, their money is tainted with blood. Big business, like Coca-Cola, is part of
the problem and cannot be linked to the solution. The idea of Coca-Cola cashing
in and advertising at Live 8 should never
have been on the agenda.
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