by Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South
Philipp Terhorst, Transnational Institute
Martin Pigeon, Corporate Europe Observatory
17 Turkish activists from the “No to commercialisation of water platform” were arrested, mostly women who couldn’t escape fast enough and one high-profile leader of anti-dam movements. Arrested activists are now in hospital, waiting for their transfer to Vatan police station where they might be prosecuted for illegal protest. The renowned Turkish hospitality seems to not apply to those critical of the World Water Forum.
Other activists then entered the WWF venue to protest against this inacceptable way of treating democratic protests and further challenge the World Water Council and Turkish government’s water privatisation plans.