It was only last summer that emergency management officials shut off the power during a heatwave just because they could. This is an act of war akin to Israel’s cutting off water supplies in the occupied territories which is a good description for Detroit, an occupied territory run by unelected officials subservient to the bankers and corporate shot callers. The residents of Detroit know all too well that wars can be waged without firing a single shot.
A scrapbook of the damage done: Detroit in ruins: the photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre
This video from the USA says about itself:
24 June 2014
Activists in Detroit have appealed to the United Nations over the city’s move to shut off the water of thousands of residents. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says half of its 323,000 accounts are delinquent and has begun turning off the taps of those who do not pay bills that total above $150 or that are 60 days late. Since March, up to 3,000 account holders have had their water cut off every week.
The Detroit water authority carries an estimated $5 billion in debt and has been the subject of privatization talks. In a submission to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, activists say Detroit is trying to push through a…
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