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Barlow talks Detroit water cut-offs on Thom Hartmann radio program

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow was on the Thom Hartmann radio program yesterday talking about the plan by Detroit municipal officials to disconnect water services to more than 120,000 residences by the end of this summer.

To hear that 9-minute interview, please watch above or click here.

In the interview, Barlow says the cut-offs are a “clear violation of the human right to water” and warns “we’ll see more Detroits in our future”. She also says, “They increased the water rates by 120 per cent in ten years. [People] cannot afford to pay these incredibly raised rates. They are cutting the water off to anybody who owes more than $150. I think if these were white middle class people who were having their water turned off, I think there would be an outcry across the United States. This is a form of racism, lets say it out loud.”

For more on the situation in Detroit, please read Barlow’s blog Water cut offs in Detroit a violation of human rights.

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