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WORLD WATER FORUM Istambul: police repression against the water movements.

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15 march 2009 the activiest of water movements were stopped by police with tears gas and rubber bullet.

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Turkey Deports International Rivers' Staff After Peaceful Water Forum

Press conference to discuss civil society response 11am March 17 at the
Taksim Hill Hotel

Istanbul, Turkey- Two International Rivers' staff members were arrested and
detained today for unfurling a banner at the opening ceremony of the World
Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul. They will be deported tomorrow morning or
face a year in Turkish prison.

As the opening ceremony of the WWF began, International Rivers' South Asia
Director Ann-Kathrin Schneider and Climate Campaigner Payal Parekh unfurled
a banner reading "No Risky Dams" in protest at the World Water Forum's
promotion of destructive dams. They shouted slogans as the chair of the
World Water Forum and government dignitaries were about to take the stage.

While many WWF participants applauded the protest, the police detained the
two protestors. Meanwhile, outside the conference center riot police used
water cannons and tear gas against 150 peaceful protestors who shouted
"water for life, not for profit" in opposition to the WWF's agenda of water
privatization and river destruction. Seventeen protestors were arrested.

As she was being detained, Payal Parekh sa?d: "Large dams have left a legacy
of lies and loss. Continuing to build destructive dams w?ll bring
unacceptable risks to people and the planet."

Ann-Kathrin Schneider said as she unfurled the banner: "The Ilisu Dam in
Southeast Turkey is a symbol of outmoded water and energy policies which
destroy communities and the environment. We call on the participants of the
World Water Forum to embrace smarter and cleaner solutions which are readily

Peter Bosshard, International Rivers Policy Director, whose Opinion Piece on
the World Water Forum and large dams was published in today's Turkish Daily
News (, said "The response
by the Turkish authorities highlights the undemocratic nature of the World
Water Forum. Two protestors being deported for unfurling a banner is
unacceptable. We call on the World Water Council to respect and support the
rights of all people to speak freely and protest peacefully."

The World Water Forum takes place every three years. It is organized by the
World Water Council, a private organization whose most influential members
are private water companies and some of the world's biggest dam construction
companies, funders and government agencies.

Based on five continents, International Rivers
( is an  international environmental and
human rights organization. For over two decades, International Rivers has
been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the
communities that depend on them.

For more information, visit

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