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Resisting Water Privatisation in Bolivia and Ireland
national | environment | feature Thursday November 24, 2005 18:00 by MUIREANN DE BARRA - Gaffer Productions muirmaid at eircom dot net
Bolivian Water Activist To Address Public Meetings in Derry And Dublin
*** Due to unforeseen circumstances the Dublin meeting on water privatisation has been postponed until Sunday Nov 27th. It will take place in the Teachers Club, Parnell Sq. at 5pm. ***
In January 2005 Bolivia’s second water war was launched in the city of El Alto. Armed with sticks, traditional indigenous Aymara flags and the words - ‘Fuera Aguas del Illimani! Aguas del Illimani must go!’ - the people of El Alto challenged Bolivia’s President and the World Bank to expel Suez - one of the world’s largest water corporations - and return water to public control. In a city of 800,000 poor indigenous rural migrants -the privatisation of water left 200,000 people without access to a water service and imposed a $500 connection fee on people living on less than $1 a day. Inspired by the success of Bolivia’s first water war in Cochabamba (2000) - which saw the termination of a 30-year private water contract with US engineering giant, Bechtel Corporation - the people of El Alto were determined to fight for their right to water.
As a representative of El Fejuve, Julian Perez will speak in Dublin and Derry on the 25th and 26th November respectively about the citizen led campaign to reverse the privatisation of water service as demanded by World Bank lending conditions. In both venues he will be joined by local campaigners involved in resisting water privatisation on the Island of Ireland.
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Public Meeting about community struggles in El Alto and Cochabamba, Bolivia against the private control of water services. Bolivian water activist Julian Perez (El Fejuve, El Alto) and Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party) speak about the resistance to water privatisation locally and globally.
RESISTING WATER PRIVATISATION IN BOLIVIA & IRELAND
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Due to unforeseen circumstances the meeting on water privatisation has been postponed until Sunday Nov 27th. The Teachers club, 36 Merrion Sq. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you can make it on sunday.
Correct address for meeting,
Teachers club, 36 Parnell Sq, Dublin @5.
I am writing from Cochabamba, Bolivia which is in the grips of the final round of the water war here. It is really exciting to see that there is awareness of this back home.
Just to let you know that about two weeks ago having taken two years to decide, the World Bank very quietly announced that it was taking the case Bechtel has launched against the people of Cochabamba for $25 million in lue of the lost oppurtunity to make future profits.
It now could go two ways, the World Bank may back down with a historical settlement or it may continue with the case.
For more info check out www.democracyctr.org
On a slightly unrelated note The Bolivian Solidarity Network has recently been founded among foreigners here to give a more effective solidarity to the Bolivian social movements. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org