New protest against Spanish water transfers

An estimated 100,000 people demonstrated in Valencia yesterday against the Spanish government's national hydrological plan. The event's scale confirmed continuing strong public opposition to proposed major north-south water transfer projects (EED 11/03/02). The atmosphere at the march was tense after the regional government, which is controlled by Spain's governing Popular party, described it as a "provocation". Organisers timed the protest to embarrass the Spanish government, which is currently hosting the eighth conference of the international Ramsar convention on wetlands protection in Valencia. See demonstration manifesto.

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