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Charity concert in Vicky Park cancelled after poor sales

PUBLISHED: 18:23 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 05 October 2010

A MASSIVE charity event due to take place in Victoria Park this Sunday (April 18) - where campaigners planned to stage demonstrations against the sponsor, Dow Chemical Company - has been cancelled at the last minute.

Dow Live Earth Run for Water, was to h

A MASSIVE charity event due to take place in Victoria Park this Sunday (April 18) - where campaigners planned to stage demonstrations against the sponsor, Dow Chemical Company - has been cancelled at the last minute.

Dow Live Earth Run for Water, was to have been a fun-run and live music concert with an unconfirmed "world renowned artist".

It was one of many events taking place in 100 cities across 50 countries on the same day, raising money for water programmes in Africa.

But campaigners had been protesting against Dow's involvement in the environmental event, saying it was an attempt by them to "greenwash" their name.

The chemical company's subsidiary, Union Carbide, leaked toxic gas in 1984 from a pesticide plant in Bhopal in India in a huge environmental disaster.

A spokeswoman from Tower Hamlets Council, which authorises events in Victoria Park, said Sunday's event was cancelled because it didn't attract enough participants, paying £25 a head, to make it financially viable to stage.

"They had an embargo announcing the artist, and so had a very poor take up," she said.

But the campaign group, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJP), had planned to hijack the day with protests.

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