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Don't Close Our Pools DALLAS!

This protest in front of City Hall in Dallas Texas on a hot August afternoon, though it sprinkled during the event, was against the city cutting back on the services that it offers it's tax paying citizens. It was directed more at the closing of most of the city's pools this year, though we have had over 25 days of 100 degree or hotter temps with heat index readings as high as 113, but it also brought up reduced hours at libraries, city rec centers, less help for the elderly and homeless (though they spent millions on THE BRIDGE facility-they like putting stuff up at City Hall) and other things across this city of over 1 million residents. The group did some street type theatre with one gentleman wearing a sign designating him as the MAYOR (who lives in a $4 mill home with his own pool) but they announced in advanced that they may go frolic in the reflecting pool in front of city hall-which brought out more than 10 Police and City Security to the scene to make sure that they didn't go into the pool. There were a few people looking down from the offices in City Hall to watch them but no one from the city came out to speak to them.

The "Mayor" at one point was told that he was all WET and several of the people doused him with Water.
Signs noting the City of Dallas Pools that have been closed this summer due to budget cuts
Signs noting the City of Dallas Pools that have been closed this summer due to budget cuts
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Some of the almost dozen police/city security looking on the protest
Some of the almost dozen police/city security looking on the protest
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Mayor of Dallas stand in
"Mayor" of Dallas stand in
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Letting the Mayor know that he is ALL WET!
Letting the "Mayor" know that he is ALL WET!
Mayor Looking On
"Mayor" Looking On
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Speaking to City Hall
Speaking to "City Hall"
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City Hall is Silent in it's response, though there were a few people watching
City Hall is Silent in it's response, though there were a few people watching