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CREATING AWARENESS: DYFI cadres performing a skit about the ill-effects of soft drinks in Salem on Monday. Photo: P. Goutham
CREATING AWARENESS: DYFI cadres performing a skit about the ill-effects of soft drinks in Salem on Monday. Photo: P. Goutham

R. Ilangovan

SALEM: It was a cool day. They took a big gulp from the cute green and white pet bottles. They felt groggy and later swooned. A group of persons attired in black descended on the scene and started performing the `dance of death' over their bodies.

This is not part of any horror movies. But a skit performed on the streets of Salem by the volunteers of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) on Monday to protest against soft drinks of multi-national companies that reportedly contained pesticide residue.

The DYFI has been campaigning against Pepsi and Coca-Cola for over a year now. They had resorted to selling of tender coconuts and buttermilk on the streets of Salem asking people to shun MNC products and show their loyalty to `desi' drinks, which are good to health.

The DYFI volunteers later staged a demonstration near the Collectorate here demanding a ban on MNC soft drinks. They said that the fresh findings of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) that the presence of an average three to five different pesticides in the samples of different soft drinks was a warning to the Indian public. This time the DYFI found staunch supporters for their cause in Tamil Nadu Medical and Sales Representatives Association.

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