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Occupy protesters attend Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State Address

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Occupy protesters attend Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder's second
State of the State address in Lansing,
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About one hundred protesters braved cold elements in 24 degree weather in Michigan to protest Governor Rick Snyder's first State of the State address speech in Lansing, Michigan January 18, 2012.

This marks the second such event protesting Gov. Snyder's policies in the last two days. Monday, January 16th up to 2000 participants marched in a Occupy for Democracy event the front gate of the Governor's compound in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Named Occupy the State of the State, protesters chanted loudly from directly outside the Capitol building, letting anyone that would hear,  opinions that Gov. Snyder's style of legislative oversight wasn't welcomed in what is known as the Great Lakes State.

Participants traveled from across the state, driving in from Michigan cities of Muskegon, Bay City, Ann Arbor, Brighton, Grand Rapids and Flint.

While Gov. Snyder was addressing a joint session of the Michigan House and Senate Chambers, protesters shouted calls to "Recall Rick", Who's House, the People's House" and "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho....Rick Snyder has got to go."

Some attendees of the speech, on the second level in the Capitol Rotunda building were observed giving the protesters a "thumbs up" signals, while others were seen mocking the participants.

In the middle of Gov. Snyder's address, participants walked to the back of the Capitol building, directly under the second floor window were the Governor was giving the speech and shouted repeatedly "Rick's Wrong for Michigan". Five Michigan State Police Officers surrounded the protesters quickly thereafter and waited 10 minutes, until participants moved back into the front of the building.

After the speech, protesters waited for Legislators to exit from the Capitol. State Senators and House members walked briskly though the crowd as they stated, "The People House will be Freed". 

No arrests were made during the event.

Participant interviews from the Occupy State of the State event will be covered on ROJS News and on ROJS Radio-Weekend Political Talk Podcast, from a "Independent Left Point of View", Saturday, January 21, 2012, starting at 11:00 AM EST.

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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Great article. You would think the Legislators might want to meet some of their constituents. It would have been an opportunity for the legislators to meet determined people exercising their rights. Excellent report.

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