Notes from the 5th World Water Forum March 16-22, 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
Maude spoke this morning at a press conference to denounce the silencing of water justice activists.
Yesterday, at an anti-dam protest organized by Turkish groups, many Turkish activists were injured and arrested. A German and an American representative of International Rivers were detained for unfurling a banner that read "no risky dams."
They were protesting the construction of the Ilisu dam project on the Tigris River which would destroy the 10,000 year-old city of Hasankeyf. So far 350,000 people have been displaced by dam projects in Turkey.
This morning the foreign activists were deported to their respective countries.
At the press conference, the room was packed with journalists from around the world.