UPI: Thousands protest at Michigan statehouse

March 17, 2011- Thousands of union members and other protesters crowded the Michigan statehouse Wednesday for a demonstration against Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget.

The rally was noisy, but mostly peaceful, The Detroit News reported. Crowds chanted "It's not right," referring to Snyder's plan to cut benefits and reduce collective bargaining rights for state employees.

"It's the Republican reverse Robin Hood — steal from the poor and the working class and give it to the rich and wealthy," United Auto Workers President Bob King yelled in a speech on the statehouse steps.

The rally was the biggest in the Michigan capitol so far this budget season, drawing 3,000 to 4,000 people, the newspaper said.

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