ENVIRONMENTALISTS have waded into a battle about the Ebro River as Spain and Catalunya fight over water rights.

Last week, 50,000 people protested in the Catalan city of Amposta over the transfer of the Ebro’s water to other parts of Spain.

ANGER: Battle of the Ebro water rights
ANGER: Battle of the Ebro water rights

Campaigners believe the Spanish government’s plans to divert water from the 578-mile river to farmers and developers will harm the landscape, which is famous for its birds and wildlife.

“It’s become a big symbol of the Catalan Spain conflict, a lot of people seeing it as the red line,” said campaigner Brian Cutts.

The Ebro stretches from Cantabria and through nine autonomous regions until it arrives at Catalunya.

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