Clear conflict

A plan to drain water from the Ebro in the north-east of Spain to supply tourism and agriculture in the arid south-east has given rise to mass protests in support of a vital wetland.

Last month a small group of protesters set out to walk 1,000 kilometres from Reinosa near the source of the Ebro river to Valencia in time for a demo at last week’s Ramsar Convention on wetlands. In every town they came to, thousands joined them. By Valencia on Sunday there were 100,000 protesters, including those who had walked a different route from the Pyrenees.

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