Water debate sparks Ecuador clashes

Thousands of protesters angry at privitisation moves were forced to leave congress.

    The demonstrators say that water could be
    diverted from indigenous communities[AFP]

    The demonstrators, who include peasants from indigenous Andean communities, have said that the reforms would allow mining and electric firms to divert water that they use.

    The protesters said that they want a special counsel to govern rights to water.

    Those pushing for the reforms have said that they will regulate private water usage and ensure that the public retains access to the resource.

    A second protest was held in Azuay, the Andean province. At least five leaders were arrested during the rally.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.