"Fight, fight; water is a human right," the protesters chanted as they marched the city on Friday. Media estimated their number at 300-1,000 people.
The protest was organized by the group National Nurses United, which says the termination of water supplies, in the middle of summer, could turn into a public health emergency. The group's co-president, Jean Ross, called the shutoffs an "attack on the basic human right of access to safe, clean water."
"What's happening here is inhumane," Ross told WWJ news radio. "We know that you need water to sustain yourself and no one, no one should shut off the water to the people."
Detroit Must Stop Shutting Off Water To People Who Cannot Afford To Pay http://t.co/VpJP2EXKeShttp://t.co/zz66i9B0mH#DetroitWaterBetween March and June, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department suspended service to 15,200 customers, Greg Eno, a department spokesman, told the New York Times. About another 92,000 customers, who are at least 60 days late on their utility bill or more than $150 behind remain at risk of losing water supplies.
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