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CUPE members attending this year’s World Water Forum Mexico City saw a lively demonstration against privatization of water. The protest wrapped up 10 days of water-related events in the Mexican capital.

Participants included CUPE delegates, indigenous people, Mexico City water workers, environmentalists, representatives from the first National Assembly for Water Rights, international activists, and the Mexican coalition for water rights.

CUPE regional vice-president Frank Mentes, a CUPE delegate from Saskatchewan, expressed admiration for Mexican organizing activities in the face of great adversity and limited resources, and pledged to protect public water both at home and internationally.

The protest sent a clear message to the world: water is a human right, not another commodity to be supplied by the market on the basis of wealth.