Friday 14 December 2018

Detroit Water Brigade to fly into Dublin to march with water protestors on Wednesday

More than 60,000 people are expected to bring Dublin to a standstill on Wednesday. Photo: Tony Gavin
More than 60,000 people are expected to bring Dublin to a standstill on Wednesday. Photo: Tony Gavin

Anti-water charge protesters in Dublin will be joined by American campaigners for a major demonstration outside the Dáil this week.

Members of the Detroit Water Brigade will join Right2Water campaigners on the streets on Wednesday.

In the US, The group is known for helping those families who are at risk of having their water shut off. It says 40pc of Detroit's population is having their water turned off.

The group also advocates for an income-based Water Affordability Plan in Detroit.

More than 60,000 people are expected to bring Dublin to a standstill on Wednesday after Siptu, the country's largest trade union, backed the mass rally against water charges.

Organiser Brendan Ogle of Mandate has reiterated his call for troublemakers to stay away from "this peaceful national assembly".

It is also clear that, separately from the Right2Water rally, there will be at least two "feeder" marches from Parnell Square and Heuston Station that will later converge on the rally.

It raises the prospect of serious traffic disruption at the height of the Christmas retail season.

Last week's opinion poll, which showed that 30pc of householders will not pay their water bill, suggests the Government's scaled-down charges regime has not quelled public anger.

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