efe-epaSan Salvador

Hundreds of rural Salvadorans gathered here Wednesday to demand that congress include them in the debate on a water law that opponents see as aimed at opening the door to privatization.

The demonstrators marched from the capital's Centenario Park to the Legislative Assembly, where they presented a letter demanding that water be declared "a social interest good."

Orlando Aguiluz, a representative of the Community Water Boards, told EFE that it is necessary for people living in the county's rural areas to be part of the debate, so as to "prevent right-wing parties from taking away their right to water."

Aguiluz said that the creation of the boards stemmed from the lack of access to drinking water in many hamlets.

He said that the 2,500 Community Water Boards throughout the nation provide water to more than 2 million Salvadorans living in rural areas.

Aguiluz said that the boards will remain vigilant of the outcome of the resolution and will not hesitate to take to the streets again if legislators do not address their concerns.

Recent weeks have witnessed large protests in El Salvador against the idea of privatizing water.