World Water Day: Brazilian and global water justice activists march to demand an end to the privatization of water

Brasilia – The Fórum Alternativo Mundial da Água (FAMA) or Alternative World Water Forum concluded with a march today that saw 5-7,000 people from around Brasil and around the World take to the streets of Brasilia demanding an end to the privatization and commodification of water.
From March 17-22, the FAMA hosted meetings, workshops and panel discussions involving 7,000 water justice activists. The FAMA is held in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum, which is taking place in Brasilia this year. Brazilians are challenging the Temer government’s complicity with big corporations to commodify and privatize water supplies and services in the country. Earlier this year, the Temer government

Earlier today, 400 Via Campesina activists occupied a Coca Cola plant in Brasilia and spray painted the message “Hands off our water, Coca Cola”. On March 20, 600 rural women took over a Nestlé plant in Minas Gerais demanding that the company halt water takings in the region and that the Temer government cease talks with Nestlé and Coca Cola to privatize the Guarani aquifer.

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