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Flint protesters take their fight for bottled water to State Capitol


BY: Joel Feick

LANSING, Mich. (WEYI) -- On the steps of the state Capitol, led by the group Michigan United, protesters from Flint want lawmakers to see this new fight for bottled water.

They chanted "water for Flint, not Nestle."

A spokesman for the group says its unfair the state gave Nestle a break on water.

At about the same time it shut down state-paid bottled water shipments to Flint.

Ariana Hawk, of Michigan United says, "We are angry, we're all mad, we're parents, we're citizens, we're seniors, we're people from all walks of life here today to tell them that we have had enough."

They chanted "This is what democracy looks like," within earshot of the legislature, and also inside where they were in session.

At least one protester was taken away in handcuffs.

While the governor ordered no more bottled water for Flint, could the legislature reverse that?

Democrat representative Sheldon Neeley of Flint says "No, the legislature can only allocate those dollars and cents to keep those facilities open inside Flint. The governor has total autonomy."

One person running for governor voiced his concerns.

Democratic governor candidate Abdul El-Sayed said, "I want you to think about the lack of empathy that this governor has shown. In the same week that he basically turned on the taps free of charge for Nestle, he shuts it off for Flint."

So while the group was able to let off some steam, it doesn't appear they'll be getting any help out of Lansing.

Neeley says their hands are tied on this one, but he feels water donations to churches in Flint can fill the void.

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