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Spain's capital protests water supply sell-off

Spain's capital protests water supply sell-off

Residents of the Spanish capital are taking part in a nonbinding protest referendum to express disagreement with regional government plans to privatize publicly owned water supplies.
The center-right Popular Party is committed to selling off 49 percent of the network to Madrid and some of its suburbs in a bid to reduce debt.
Two protest groups on Sunday set up 236 makeshift polling stations throughout the central Spanish region asking registered residents to respond yes or no to the question: "Do you think the Isabel II Canal (the water company's name) should remain 100 percent public?"
By mid-afternoon, there were queues at many booths in the central metropolitan area. The 150 year-old network was built and maintained with regional tax income.


Updated : 2021-04-18 01:15 GMT+08:00