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Sharpton to protest Mich. emergency takeover law

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and others say they plan a demonstration outside Gov. Rick Snyder's gated community to protest what they say is a racially biased law that makes it easier for Michigan to take over financially struggling communities and school districts.

The protest is scheduled Monday afternoon on Martin Luther King Day near Snyder's home in Washtenaw County's Superior Township, near Ann Arbor.

The protesters say they plan to march to a gatehouse outside the private subdivision that includes Snyder's home.

Sharpton and the Democratic congressman from Detroit talked about the protest Sunday at a news at a Detroit church.

Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the Republican governor supports citizens' right to protest, calling it "part of democracy in action."

Flint, population 102,000, is one of four Michigan cities to have an emergency manager. The others are Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac. Detroit schools also have a manager.

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