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Bolivia - "Water Riots" (2000) (Part 1/2)

Did you know... "In 2000, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, a peoples' revolt against Bechtel's water privatization was successful. The Bechtel corporation (which has since been contracted to deal with reconstruction efforts in New Orleans and Iraq) pushed this privatization deal with Cochabamba which increased the cost of water by up to 300%. People were [also] billed for using rain water and drinking from wells they had created themselves. Cochabamba residents organized protests, road blockades, and city-wide strikes against the privatization. Eventually Bechtel packed up and left town and water was again made a public work."
http://www.soaw.org/newswire_detail.php?id=1065


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Added: Nov-12-2007 
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Tags: bolivia, water riots, water, riots, privatization, free market, free, market, capitalism, corporation, greed, poverty
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