People marching holding sign

A young couple brandishes the Caravan’s logo: Peoples United against Capitalist Ravaging


The Caravan for Water and Life has run through much of central Mexico, backed by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI). The Caravan’s goal is to raise awareness of how the subsidiary of Danone multinational corporation, Bonafont, for years has pushed first peoples aside to take over their wells, then sell the water in those infamous little plastic bottles that cost a large fraction of a day’s pay at minimum wage.

At the Caravan’s launching next to an appropriated well in Puebla state, on March 22 spokeswoman and former presidential candidate María de Jesús Patricio Martínez denounced how government complicity continues unabated four years into López Obrador’s six-year presidential term — and that complicity includes not only government and business, but criminal elements as well.

A press statement and photo by La Jornada can be seen here.

This reporter accompanied the Caravan on its stop in Mexico City. Sunday April 10th was the anniversary of Zapata’s martyrdom. The Caravan commemorated that tragedy by parading down the main boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma, and then join up the procession by the dissident wing of the public teacher’s trade union, National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers (CNTE), at the conclusion of its annual meeting. Here is a photo gallery.