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Program Information
CKUT Radio
Anil Naidoo, Luis A. Gomez, Jim Shultz
 Kasim Tirmizey  Contact Contributor
Feb. 21, 2005, 3:20 p.m.
An indepth look at the struggle for Water as a Right.
CKUT Radio, Community News Collective
Montreal, Canada
Water: a human right or a commodity?

We explore the right to water and privatization of this resource in Canada and Bolivia.

Can the market provide cheaper and more efficient water services?

This January the people of El Alto, Bolivia, responded with a NO by going on an indefinite strike demanding that the French water company Suez leave. The water revolts in El Alto this year and recently in Cochabamba are an inspiration for struggles all over the world not only because they were victories, but also in the organizing which was characterized by being grassroots, horizontal, and participatory.

Part 1: An interview with Anil Naidoo from The Council of Canadians to discuss water as a human right and privatization. Also a look at Uruguay's amendment to their constitution to include water as a human right.

Part 2: I spoke to Luis Gomez of the Narco News Bulletin who was in El Alto during water revolt in January 2005.

A similar event to the one El Alto took place in 2000 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where the people forced the water company Bechtel to leave. I talked to Jim Shultz to reflect about the water revolt in Cochabamba and the current situation of their water system.

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00:51:59 1 Feb. 1, 2005
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