posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 05:41 PM
"Etched deeply into the granite walls just inside the entrance of the World Bank headquarters in Washington are the words, "Our dream, a world free
of poverty." Earlier this month in Bolivia, the citizens of South America's poorest country sent the bank a message once again that the poor aren't
too keen on the part of that dream that involves handing their water over to foreign corporations.
On January 10 the citizens of El Alto took to the streets en masse to demand that their water system, privatized in 1997 under World Bank pressure, be
returned to public hands. Three days later Bolivia's president issued a decree canceling the water concession, led by the French water giant Suez,
and an arm of the World Bank itself. The El Alto water revolt follows, by five years exactly, the now famous revolt against water privatization in
Cochabamba, in which a company controlled by the Bechtel Corporation was ousted from the country."
Makes me sick that something as simple as water is or is trying to be controlled by big business. Such as Bechtel, a huge organization which I
enjoyed reading here was kicked out of Cochabamba over water. It's disgusting to see large corporations trying to control water in some of the most
impoversihed areas in the world. Now Suez and World Bank are trying to do the same thing...over WATER!
What do the mega-rich and corporate america not want to own/control?