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Flint Residents Protest At Michigan Capitol On Water Crisis Anniversary

Ben Gordon

Four yearsis too long to go without clean drinking water.  That was the message of a busload of Flint residents yesterday who marched in downtown Lansing. 

They carried signs that said things like, “Declare Flint a disaster area.”  Some carried a large coffin made out of cardboard that said R-I-P Lead Kills.  About 100 people from Flint don’t want the state government to forget that – even years later – Flint is in trouble.  Lela McGee-Harvey lives in Flint.

“We hurt in our city. But we will not stop fighting. That’s why we’re here – No justice! (No peace)”

Governor Rick Snyderstopped giving residents free bottled water this month.  Recent tests show the water is safe.  But Flint residents say they don’t trust him – or the water.  Not until all the lead pipes are replaced.

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