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Motion in Scottish Parliament Against Coke sponsorship

June 15, 2005

The following motion was introduced in the Scottish Parliament yesterday by Rosie Kane MSP, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. She is with Scottish Socialist party and a longtime supporter of the campaign.

MOTION

That this Parliament would deeply regret any involvement by soft drinks giant Coca Cola in the forthcoming Live 8 concerts; is concerned by reports that concert organisers have approached the multi national; reminds the organisers that Coca Cola have refused to take action or show concern for the fact that eight trade unionists were murdered at there bottling plant in Colombia and that towns in India have had their water supply both stolen and polluted by the company; notes that the international boycott of Coca-Cola has been in place since 22 July 2003, congratulates the community led campaign against the Coca Cola company; welcomes Juan Carlos Galvis trade union leader from SINALTRAINAL (the Colombian Food and Drink Workers Union) who will be addressing G 8 Alternatives meetings where he will give testimony to the exploitation and dangers in Colombia from Coca Cola Company and others; finally believes that multi nationals like coca cola company are better seated with their feet under the table with G8 leaders who plan to exploit and carve up the planet and should not be allowed to advertise their product on stages or in arenas where good people are protesting against the activities of capitalism.

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