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Detroit — A grassroots organization fighting Detroit water shutoffs plans to send a delegation to Ireland next week for International Human Rights Day.

The Detroit Water Brigade plans to join Right2Water Ireland on Dec. 10 to protest outside Ireland’s parliament in Dublin, according to Justin Wedes, co-founder and chief organizer for the water brigade.

The rally in Ireland is expected to draw tens of thousands of people protesting the Water Services Act of 2013, which allowed semi-state company Irish Water to take control of the island’s water supply.

“To take (water) away from those who cannot afford it by handing it to a private, for-profit company isn’t just irresponsible — it’s genocidal,” water brigade political director Demeeko Williams said in a statement. “We know that from firsthand experience here in Detroit and we can’t allow it to happen to Ireland.”

Four activists with the brigade plan to attend the rally. The group also plans to visit towns across Ireland to speak with residents fighting the installation of Irish Water meters.

The trip follows the water brigade’s national television debut last month on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” when correspondent Jessica Williams interviewed activists as well as The Detroit News' editorial page editor, Nolan Finley.

The episode was taped in Detroit in late October and aired Nov. 17 on Comedy Central.

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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