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Police Spray Water Cannons at World Water Forum Protesters

Apparently Turkish police have a biting sense of irony: they’ve sprayed protesters at the World Water Forum with high-pressured water cannons.

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The forum, which occurs every three years, is supposed to focus on ways to eliminate water poverty across the globe, but protesters believe the forum takes a heavy-handed approach and supports construction of dangerous and environmentally-disastrous large dams.

Two activists with the non-profit group International Rivers were deported from Turkey earlier this week for doing nothing but stand up with a banner reading “No risky dams.” But while these activists were ticket-holding forum attendees, other protesters gathered outside the forum before it began.

The police said that the water cannons were the most “cost effective” way to respond to these protesters. While of course I do not condone any act of violence against people merely expressing themselves, if the cops were going to do it anyway, this was a wonderful weapon choice.

Tear gas? $7,350.

Water cannons? $235.

Using water cannons against people protesting water poverty? Priceless.

[Via International Rivers]
Photo Credit: Isbi Armor on Flickr under Creative Commons license.



12 comments
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  3. Alex Felsinger

    John,

    Obviously the machine itself cost more than $235. The prices are estimates on the cost to operate them at these protests provided by police.

    -Alex

  4. dave

    @olivia: OHHHHHHH, so THAT’S why it’s ironic! Thank God you were here to explain that to me. I’ve been trying to join the dots for several hours now, but just couldn’t work it out.

    Sarcasm at your pointless +1 aside, the protesters had all the running water they needed… they were protesting *global* water poverty, not their own. It’s all there in the article. Giving them a few bottles of water wouldn’t have sated them at all.

  5. olivia

    this is just sad. had the turkish government given them all the water that they used in the cannons, they would have probably settled down and been content.

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