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Hundreds of protesters, including some armed, gathered Thursday in the state capital of Michigan, as state lawmakers debated the Democratic Governor’s request to extend his emergency powers to fight the coronavirus.

A crowded crowd of protesters, some of whom carried guns, attempted to enter the floor of the legislative chamber and were detained by a line of state police and Capitol staff, according to video footage published by local journalists.

“Let us in! Let us in! Chanted the protesters as they stood side by side inside the state house. Few of them wore face masks.

Rod Meloni

The protest moves inside the Michigan Capitol. The crowd tries to climb onto the Hoise floor. Many Michigan State Police and House gun sergeants blocking the door.

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Some protesters shouted anti-government slogans, including comparing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to Hitler.

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A sign currently on the lawn:

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A lawmaker in the Democratic State released a photograph of men with guns standing in a gallery yelling at lawmakers below. “Some of my colleagues who have bulletproof vests wear them,” said Democrat State Senator Dayna Polehanki, wrote on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Senate minority leader who said at least one legislator was wearing a body armor.

Images of the demonstration sparked strong reactions from many Americans. A Black Lives Matter organizer commented on the striking difference between the reaction of unarmed black Americans protesting against police violence and armed white Americans protesting public health measures.

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I want you to realize that when they called the black protesters “thugs” in Ferguson, we were armed with cardboard signs and cellphones.

If one of us had dared to be on the street, let alone a fully armed government building, this video would not exist.

Because we would all be dead.

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