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In-depth reports and analysis from our extensive network of correspondents throughout the region on the most important developments in Latin America. After traveling throughout Mexico for 11 days, a caravan of Yaqui indigenous leaders, labor unions, environmental rights activists,  and farm workers marched in Mexico City against neoliberal policies that have forced them off their lands, privatized their natural resources and left them exploited in the workplace. They are also demanding freedom for Yaqui political prisoners Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez, imprisoned for the last eight months. Since 2010, the Yaqui tribe which has defended their territory and way of life for more than 2,000 years in the northern state of Sonora, has been threatened by a state-sponsored aqueduct that illegally pumps 16 million cubic liters of water a year from the Yaqui river to private developers and industry. During the caravan, they met people in different parts of the country who are facing similar problems. The Yaquis propose that people in all parts of the country implement injunctions against the new federal water privatization bill that allows for full or partial concessions to private companies to operate, preserve, maintain, rehabilitate, modernize or expand water infrastructure built by the federal government.