- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2014

“Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo joined a massive rally in Detroit on Friday to protest the city’s water shutoffs that the United Nations says violate the human right to water.

Mr. Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner’s alter ego “The Hulk,” jumped on stage at the Netroots Nation conference at Cobo Center Friday morning, before taking part in a march outside the same venue, a Detroit CBSaffiliate reported.

“I’m here to shed a little light on what’s happening — the travesty that’s happening here in Detroit with these people’s water,” Mr. Ruffalo told the station. “It’s an absolute travesty; you’d think we were living in a Third World nation.”

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses with delinquent accounts in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. The issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed to the United Nations for help.

“We’re happy to send money all over the world to help other people in their crisis, and we can’t take care of our own people. And the American people have got to know that this is wrong, and that it’s happening here, and that it should be stopped,” Mr. Ruffalo added Friday.

The event was organized by National Nurses United, which claims the shutoffs pose a public health emergency, the CBS affiliate reported.

Detroit announced Monday that it would suspend its aggressive policy of cutting off water for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court, where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy, The Associated Press reported.