Ann Arbor residents are calling for the arrest of Michigan governor Rick Snyder after it was found he ordered the switch of Flint’s drinking water to a cheaper and more polluted source.
Approximately 60 protesters gathered outside the governor’s apartment building on Monday, just a day before he was set to deliver the annual State of the State address.
“Many of us think this governor has committed a crime, and want to see justice for Flint,” said Jan BenDor, who helped organized the protest and led a failed recall effort against Snyder in 2011. “If that whole city could be poisoned, it could happen to any of us.”
According to Detroit Free Press, the protesters marched from the University of Michigan’s campus in 12-degree weather before arriving at Snyder’s voting address in the area of East Washington and South Main Street.
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The marchers circled the block repeatedly while chanting “Justice for Flint! Arrest Rick Snyder!”
Last weekend, film director Micheal Moore (a Flint native) drew hundreds of activists to Flint’s City Hall where he accused Snyder of intentionally poisoning the water. The Rev. Jesse Jackson also demanded justice at a packed church in Flint, where he called the entire city “a crime scene.”
President Obama declared a state of emergency this past Sunday and ordered the FEMA to help assist the Michigan National Guard in addressing the impoverished city’s water crisis.
More than 70 new National Guardsmen more than doubled the number already in Flint to hand out bottled water, filters, and testing kits in the city’s worst-hit neighborhoods, according to NBC News.
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