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The Cochabamba Water Wars: Reflections for the Tenth Anniversary

Ten years ago this month, the Bolivian city of Cochabamba was at the center of an epic fight over one of the city’s most vital natural resources: its own water. The Water Wars occurred just months after the Battle of Seattle. The uprising against Bechtel on the streets of Cochabamba was seen as the embodiment of the international struggle against corporate globalization. Over the past week, water activists from around the world gathered in Cochabamba to mark the tenth anniversary of the Water Wars. Marcela Olivera reflects on this historic event.
Democracy Now
Release Date: 
April 19, 2010