Demonstrators from Detroit and across the nation protest water shutoffs
Arrests continue in fight against shutoffs
By Phreddy Wischusen
The Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Hundreds from across the U.S. have joined Detroiters in their protest against the mass water shutoffs implemented by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Twodemonstrations occurred July 18.
Beginning at 6:30 a.m., approximately 40 protesters managed to keep trucks from leaving to shut off water at Detroit residences for over four hours. Eventually, nine demonstrators were arrested, making way for Homrich, the company contracted at a cost of $5.6 million to execute the shutoffs, to resume their work.
Downtown, a coalition of Detroit activist groups led a march at 1 p.m. from Cobo Hall, where Netroots Nation held their 9th annual gathering, to Hart Plaza. Over a thousand demonstrators were present. Actor Mark Ruffalo and U.S. Congressman John Conyers were among those who addressed the crowd.