Peru: Protests oppose water privatisation

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Peruvians protest against plans for water privatisation last year.

More than 2000 people took to the streets in Peru's capital, Lima, on February 29 to protest against the government's plan to privatise public water services. The protest was organised by small neighbourhoods and the public water workers' union Sedapal.

Millions of people across Peru lack basic water and sewer systems, putting them in a highly vulnerable sector suffering endemic health issues.

More than 2000 people took to the streets in Peru's capital, Lima, on February 29 to protest against the government's plan to privatise public water services. The protest was organised by small neighbourhoods and the public water workers' union Sedapal.

Millions of people across Peru lack basic water and sewer systems, putting them in a highly vulnerable sector suffering endemic health issues.

People marched from the south of Lima to the facilities of ProInversion, the governmental agency in charge of privatisations. Demonstrators fear that privatisation will raise the price of drinking water and make it harder for ordinary people to access water while favouring the real estate sector, among others.

About 10,000 people joined a protest against water privatisation on February 18. The move is part of a larger privatisation process started via a January 17 executive order, which created a commission meant to stimulate private investment in all economic sectors.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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