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Gualeguaychú Assembly marches against UPM paper plant

Members of the Citizens' Environmental Assembly of Gualeguaychú marched this afternoon to the General San Martín International Bridge, in protest at the Uruguayan government's authorisation of increased production at the controversial ex-Botnia, UPM paper plant.

"Environmental debts also need to be paid," was the message of protesters as they rejected the resolution to increase production at the former Botnia installation, located on the Uruguay River that forms the border between the two nations.

The march began at 2pm and made its way to the bridge that links Gualeguaychú, in the province of Entre Ríos, with Uruguayan city Fray Bentos, which has been blocked for the last three and a half years in the midst of bilateral conflict.

The latest protests are driven by the decision of President José Mujica's administration to allow Finnish company UPM to up production at the factory, increasing output to 1.3 million tonnes annually.

"Today we stand before a new attack from the Uruguayan government on pacts between brother nations, but we have also seen with great concern the sporadic answers our representatives have given to those violations," the environmental group detailed in a statement.

The missive recalls an announcement from the Argentine government that the matter would be taken to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Accusing that the subject had "been forgotten," the Assembly asks: "Will the same happen with promises made beforehand?"
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