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Dublin: 16 °C Saturday 11 July, 2020

From Motor City to Leinster House: The Detroit water protesters have been busy since they landed

The activists have been in close contact with the Irish movement in recent months, and have even held solidarity events in Detroit.

THEY ONLY LANDED 48 hours ago — but the four activists from the Detroit Water Brigade in town for tomorrow’s planned mass protest in Dublin have had a busy couple of days.

Members of the group — set up to counter the city’s policy of shutting-off water for anyone more than two months out of date on their bills — have been in close contact with Irish protest groups via social media in recent months.

They’ve even held rallies stateside in solidarity with those taking part in the Irish Right2Water protests…

Dublin visit 

First stop for the foursome yesterday was Trinity College — where left-wing TD Clare Daly was on hand to greet the protest movement’s latest recruits…

While last night, the Detroit campaigners dropped by Dublin 5 to meet protesters who’ve been taking part in rolling protests in the Raheny/Edenmore/Donaghmede areas since the start of the summer…

Source: Detroit Water Brigade/Facebook

This morning, they were taking their campaign to the streets of Phibsborough…

Source: Detroit Water Brigade/Facebook

And then it was back into town for a meeting at Leinster House, organised by Sinn Féin…

They were also in Jobstown for an event this afternoon…

They’re even getting involved in scrapes with local TDs…

Labour’s Eric Byrne sent out an interesting press release earlier this afternoon, contending that the Detroit campaigners — by their own rationale — should have been perfectly happy with Alan Kelly’s revised plan for Irish Water, announced last month (it’s worth a read)…

As you might imagine: They’re not having any of it…

Explainer: What’s all this about water cut-offs and protests in Detroit?

Read: Enda has a message for the people who’ve travelled from Detroit for the water protest 

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