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MEXICO CITY-- A group of about 300 Mazahua Indians briefly
seized a water treatment plant on Mexico City's western outskirts and
temporarily cut off one of the main sources of water for the
metropolis of 18 million people, the National Water Commission said.
The protest was motivated by demands for more government
development aid, local media reported.
The protesters live in the watershed of the Cutzamala River in the
high, pine-covered mountains west of Mexico City. The river provides
almost one-third of the city's water. The Indians broke into the
treatment plant, and closed the intake valves for about four hours,
the National Water Commission said in a press statement.
The commission said full service would be restored soon.
In September 2004, the same group staged a similar protest,
blocking chlorine deliveries but not stopping the water supply. They
were demanding damage payments for reservoir overflows that damaged
crops, as well as money for rural development projects and drinking
water systems for their own communities.
In late 2004, the government gave them almost $120,000 in damage
payments, promised to build water systems for them and gave them
grants for thousands of Christmas tree seedlings to plant for income.
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