La Guerra del Agua, Cochabamba – Bolivia

Oscar Oliveira leaving the train station of Athens, after an open discussion in Autonomous Space and a short visit to Keratea. September 2011, Athens – Greece, Photography: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos, Text: Katerina Nasioka.

La Guerra del Agua / Cochabamba – Bolivia

For the indigenous communities in Bolivia the water is sacred.
It’s transparency and it’s constant movement symbolizes life itself.
If you want to divert the direction of a river or a stream in order to facilitate
a human construction you have to ask permission of the river or the stream itself
because the change you may cause affects the whole ecosystem.

The water is not just a mineral resource, it’s not something that fills up our glass when we are thirsty,
it’s like our blood, and we cannot live without it. In Bolivia in Cochabamba, the people gave a tremendous struggle against the privatization of the water, of the rivers, the lakes, even the rain water by a private company for five months during December 1999 and April 2000 and they won.

Recently we had a marvelous chance to listen to their experience by Oscar Oliveira who visited Greece,
been invited as one of the central speakers to the 2nd Festival of the Direct Democracy inThessaloniki
(5, 6, 7 of September 2011).

Thank you Oscar…
El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido…

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