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Water wars in Mexico 2014.6.2
Alasdair Baverstock, PressTV, San Bartolo Ameyalco.
People have gathered in Mexico City's San Bartolo Ameyalco to protest against plans to remove their source of fresh water. The demonstrators are also demanding the release of five residents who were arrested during clashes with police two weeks ago.In San Bartolo Ameyalco, a village in the hills overlooking Mexico City, thousands of residents took to the streets on Sunday to protest against plans to remove their source of fresh water. The village has a volcanic spring which has a flow of 60 liters of fresh water per second. The water is spread over the 35,000-strong community who depend on it, and residents of the area are fighting with the government -- which plans to redirect their water to more affluent neighborhoods. Five members of the community, who the residents claim are innocent, have remained under arrest since a confrontation two weeks ago in which two police officers were killed. Residents of the community are demanding the five be released as they languish in jail cells alongside cartel members and other serious criminals. Mexico City experiences serious water shortages, with one third of its 23 million populations lacking access to safe potable water. As the residents of San Bartolo fight to keep their natural volcanic spring, the Water Wars, they’re calls in Mexico are likely to be long and litigious. Residents here hope that their protests will stop the government’s plans to remove their source of fresh water.