Posted by: brothermartin | August 11, 2008

THE DEATH OF A RIVER

THOUSANDS RALLY TO MARK “DEATH” OF AUSTRALIAN RIVER

SYDNEY (AFP) — Thousands of people rallied in southern Australia Sunday to protest the dwindling water levels in one of the country’s greatest rivers, claiming the loss was causing an environmental disaster.

The 5,000-strong crowd gathered near the mouth of the 2,530 kilometre (1,569 mile) Murray to hold two minute’s silence to mark the ‘death’ of the river, which forms part of Australia’s most important agricultural region.

Kym McHugh, mayor of the local Alexandrina Council, said the ceremony near the South Australian town of Goolwa was to “underscore this eleventh hour bid to save the nation’s greatest river.”

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