1998 - Day of Action for Rivers

Aleta George

1998 was the first year for the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life. On March 14, more than 10,000 people worldwide organized events to protest against the destruction of rivers, to educate people about threats to rivers and to promote alternatives.

More than 50 actions took place in 24 countries, including Brazil, India, Thailand, Australia, Russia, Japan and the United States. In Brazil, thousands of people camped out to demand reparations for people resettled for the Itaparica Dam. In Hungary, a thousand environmentalists formed a mile-long human chain along the Danube River to protest a dam. In India, thousands of tribal people burned an effigy of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and vowed to continue to fight for their livelihoods and resources.

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